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Spring at Your Doorstep

The Sydney Spring Nationals is going to start this Wednesday 17th October 2018! This gold-point national congress will run for nine days at Canterbury Racecourse, a spacious venue with great lighting and unlimited free parking. There are events in different formats for all different divisions - Pairs and Teams, Restricted, Open, Women's and Seniors'. So don't miss out. Details can be found on the official website. The finals for the major teams events will be broadcast live on BBO.
The NSWBA Spring Teams will be held right after the Sydney Spring Nationals, on the 28th October (Sun). It incorporates the State Open Teams Metropolitan Final, and will qualify two teams to the Finals of John Arkinstall State Teams at the NSWBA on 14th - 16th December (Fri - Sun). Form a team and enter now!
NSW will send 22 teams to the GNOT National Final with 7 of those teams from the Sydney Metropolitan region, 15 of those teams come from country regions. You can follow the progress and results of the Regional Finals HERE

The other 7 teams (see the list below) come from metropolitan Sydney. Four of those were determined at the GNOT Metro Final on the 15th - 16th September:
  1. Peter Buchen, Terry Brown, Ron Klinger, Matt Mullamphy, Kim Morrison, Matthew Thomson (=1st Metrop Final)
  2. Bruce Neill, Avi Kanetkar, John Newman, Nye Griffiths, Pauline Gumby(+), Warren Lazer(+) (1st NSWBA DQE)
  3. Andre Korenhof, David Beauchamp, Mike Hughes, Peter Fordham, Maurits van der Vlugt, Carola Hoogervorst (1st NSBC DQE)
  4. Robert Krochmalik, Daniel Krochmalik, Robert Grynberg, David Stern, Tom Moss, Michael Wilkinson(+) (2nd NSWBA DQE)
  5. David Weston, Julian Foster, Martin Bloom, Tony Nunn (3rd Metrop Final)
  6. Nicholas Ranson, John McMahon, Lavy Libman, Tomer Libman (=1st Metrop Final)
  7. William Zhang, Yumin Li, Wayne Zhu, Yixiang Zhang, Paul Dalley (4th Metrop Final)
Congratulations to all Sydney teams! There were a lot of interesting hands in the GNOT Metro Final - see Julian Foster's report HERE.
Jill McRae, the president of Illawarra Bridge Association congratulated the top three pairs. (Left) David Beauchamp and Garry Clarke who came 1st. (Middle) Paul and Helen Lavings came 2nd. (Right) Dave Gallagher and Judy Kingston came 3rd.
Well done to the winners at the Mollymook Congress! (Left) A tie for first place between Steve Mendick (partner with Andy Creet) and Richard Brightling (partner with Karen Creet). (Right) The winners of the teams were Sue Neill, Robert van der Hoek, Richard Brightling and Stephen Mendick (absent).
There were a lot of local congresses in the last month:

Upcoming Events

Events highlights from 17th October to 18th November. Click HERE to view all congresses in the whole year.

Oct 27 - 28 (Sat - Sun) Tomaree Bridge Club Inc Congress
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Nov 3 - 4 (Sat - Sun) Mudgee Bridge Club
Matchpoint Swiss Pairs and Teams
Event Details >

Nov 3 - 4 (Sat - Sun) Taree Bridge Club
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Nov 3 - 4 (Sat - Sun) Tumbarumba Bridge Club Congress
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Nov 4 (Sun) Parramatta Bridge Club
Foundation Day Teams
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Nov 10 - 11 (Sat - Sun) Armidale Bridge Club
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Nov 10 - 11 (Sat - Sun) Southern Highlands Bridge Club 27th Annual Congress
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Nov 11 (Sun) NSWBA Women's Teams of Three
Special event
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Nov 18 (Sun) Manly Leagues Bridge Club 
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Nov 5 - 19 (over 3 Mon nights) NSWBA State Mixed Teams
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Oct 28 (Sun) Spring Teams (incorporating the State Open Teams Metropolitan Final)
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Nov 17 - 18 (Sat - Sun) Under 100 Masterpoints Championships held by various clubs around the state
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Nov 26 - Dec 2 (Mon - Sun) State Novice and Restricted Teams held by the Illawarra Bridge Association
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Oct 17 - 25 (Wed - Thu) Sydney Spring Nationals
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Nov 10 - 15 (Sat - Thu) 2019 Australian Open Team Playoff
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Nov 16 - 18 (Fri - Sun) Golden West Swiss Pairs
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Nov 5 - 9 (Mon - Fri) Finesse Terrigal Pairs
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Nov 13 - 16 (Tue - Fri) Trumps Bridge Centre Pacific Garden Hotel Wamberal
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Nov 19 - 22 (Mon - Thu) Bridge with Beauchamp Gerringong
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For readers who have been craving for Rakesh's less regular column, we are pleased to present his 3 new articles in this issue. Humour as usual, Rakesh Kumar shares with you his experience in Ingleburn Teams, Hunters Hill Teams and Trumps Spring Teams in the last two months.
Thank you for sending us the topics you are interested in. We appreciate your passion and Matthew McManus will filter these queries and answer them in his column from time to time. In the meantime, please follow Matthew McManus' column here >


Your Association is pleased to acknowledge this 2018 Award. There will be four categories:
  • Open
  • Intermediate <750 MPs
  • Restricted <300 MPs
  • Novice <100 MPs
Click HERE for our current "interim" list, as at 30th June 2018. This award is based on masterpoints earned at NSW Congresses held under the auspices of NSWBA during the year.
So how are masterpoints updated? Why haven't they been processed yet? Julian Foster, the former Chairman and current Treasurer of NSWBA, answers players' common question "Why haven't I got my masterpoints yet?"
Read the full article >


The NSWBA has decided to establish a central psyche register for all congresses held in NSW.

The laws permit players to deviate from their systemic agreements so long as the partner of the player who does so has no greater reason to be aware of this deviation than the opponents. Once your partnership has a history of deviating from its agreements in a certain situation you are required to inform your opponents of this tendency.

If you feel that your opponents have psyched against you, please email details of the hand to the psyche register – no action will be taken against players who are reported to the psyche register but once a pair has multiple entries in the psyche register, congress directors will be informed so that they are aware of this history when making their rulings.

A form which can be used for submissions is available HERE.


The eCongress is a monthly newsletter published by the NSW Bridge Association. It updates you with the latest congresses in the month, interesting hands and analysis from events, and tips regarding the bridge laws.
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