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City of Sydney Teams - Online

Entries are now open for the City of Sydney Teams which will be played online on the RealBridge platform, 3 Monday nights commencing June 21.

State Seniors Championships

The Central Coast Leagues Club Bridge Club on behalf of the NSWBA invites players born before January 1, 1960 to play in the inaugural NSW State Seniors Championships to be held on 15-18 June 2021 at the Central Coast Leagues Club.

Tuesday-Wednesday June 15-16, 2021

Thursday-Friday June 17-18, 2021

Online Restricted Pairs Championship

The NSWBA in conjunction with MasterBridge Online will be running an Online Restricted Pairs Championship on RealBridge on Saturday June 5, 2021.

There are two fabulous prizes on offer. Winning pairs will be offered grants to attend the ANC Restricted Butler Pairs in Perth on 17-18 July. These prizes, worth up to $2200 per pair, are generously donated by the Australian Bridge Federation.

For those unfamiliar with RealBridge three Taster sessions are available for practice at RealBridge Tasters.

Directors' Course - Club Level

The next Club Level Directors' course will be held at the NSWBA on Saturday June 5, 2021 commencing 10am.

Directors' Course Flyer

» Register Online


The government has announced that

From 5pm on Thursday 6th May 2021, residents in the Greater Sydney region will have to wear masks in public indoor settings including on transport, at the supermarket and any event that is inside.
Hospitality workers will also need to wear them while serving diners.
These restrictions will be in place until 12.01am on Monday morning, 10th May.

As well as mandatory masks, residents will only be allowed to have 20 people in their homes for the next three days. There will also be no singing and dancing in indoor venues before midnight on Sunday, with the only exception being at weddings where a limit of 20 people is recommended for a dancefloor.

The restrictions apply to residents in Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and down to the Illawarra region.

This means that any clubs playing bridge in the designated regions will have to wear masks over the next three days. Club officials might consider purchasing a supply of masks for their players.

John Scudder
NSW Bridge Association

NSWBA Seniors' ITS Online

The Seniors' ITS will be played online using the RealBridge platform with entries limited to 16 pairs. The event will be played on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th May, starting at 9.30am both days. The entry fee has been reduced to $60 per players and payments may now be made.

The SITS Swiss Pairs congress has been cancelled.

GNOT Direct Qualifier moves online

Due to the recent cases of community transmission and associated restrictions implemented by the NSW Government, the NSWBA is taking a cautious approach and moving the GNOT Direct Qualifier online.

It will now be played using the RealBridge platform rather than F2F. The entry fee will be reduced to $75 for members and $90 for non-members. Further information can be found on the GNOT entry page.

2021 State Mixed Pairs Qualifying

The next championship event at the NSWBA will be the State Mixed Pairs Qualifying, Mondays April 26 & May 3 at 7:15pm F2F.

This event qualifies pairs to the State Mixed Pairs Championships on the weekend of 29 & 30 May 2021.

ANC in Orange rescheduled

After a great deal of consideration, it has been decided to postpone the ANC in Orange from 2021 until 2023. The Bridge Association of Western Australia have agreed to host the 2021 event commencing the same date, 10 July 2021. This transfer to Perth in 2021 also suits a need to utilise a prior commitment to the Perth Convention Centre after the Asia Pacific Congress in April was cancelled.

Many will be disappointed with this postponement (including the organising committee), but we believe it gives us the best chance for the Orange event to be a roaring success. Our key stakeholders understand the need for this postponement. Our travel consultant, Silver Compass Tours, believe that the rescheduling is exactly the right decision. They are in fact not scheduling any “longer term events“ until mid-2022.

The Organising Committee looks forward to bringing you a stellar ANC in Orange in 2023 and wishes BAWA good luck in organising an ANC at short notice. The NSWBA urges the bridge players of NSW to support the 2021 event.

Open ITS Final

Players who have qualified for the Open ITS Final, April 17-18 are asked to confirm their availabilty by entering and paying for their entry in advance before April 12, 12pm.

» Enter and pay for the Open ITS Final

2021 State Men's and Women's Pairs

The next championship event at the NSWBA will be the State Men's and Women's Pairs, Mondays April 12 & 19 at 7:15pm on the RealBridge platform.

Only active registered members of the ABF Masterpoint System who are members of a club affiliated with the NSWBA are eligible to enter.

RealBridge Tasters

In order to prepare players new to RealBridge for their upcoming congresses, MasterBridge Online is running a series of taster sessions over the next few weeks.

These taster sessions are just six boards and are intended for players to get a feel of the RealBridge software and a chance to press all the buttons to see how RealBridge works.

Thu Apr 08 @ 3 PM

Fri Apr 09 @ 3 PM

Please note the links will be active from half an hour before game time and there will be a partnership desk for anyone without a partner.

Nick Fahrer

2021 ANC Butler Pairs

The next championship event at the NSWBA will be the ANC Butler Pairs, 4 Mondays commencing March 8 at 7:15pm on the RealBridge platform.

The top Open and Women's pairs will receive a refund of their entry fees to the corresponding 2021 Open or Women’s Australian Butler Pairs Championship in Perth.

Only active registered members of the ABF Masterpoint System who are members of a club affiliated with the NSWBA are eligible to enter.

2021 Open Interstate Teams Selection

The Interstate Teams Selection (ITS) selects pairs to represent NSW at the Australian National Championships which in 2021 will be held in Perth.

At the conclusion of Stage I on Monday Feb 8, qualified contending pairs will be invited to enter Stage II.

All other registered members of the ABF Masterpoint System are invited to enter the ITS Online Swiss Pairs which will run in parallel to Stage II.

Stage II and the ITS Online Swiss Pairs will both run on the RealBridge platform, 3 Mondays commencing Feb 15 at 7:15pm.

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