A Memorable Season starting with Spring Nationals

The Spring Nationals 2016 finished last week and its record breaking entries in all events ended the tournament on a high note. After 7 years successfully convening the Spring Nationals, Marcia Scudder announced her retirement after this Spring National and handed the role over to Mike Prescott. We were thankful to Marcia and John Scudder, who had done such a beautiful job all these years, and sure Mike will continue the history. All the results and stories can be found in the Spring National Championship Website.

Julian Foster, the NSWBA Chairman, presented some gifts and tokens of appreciation to Marcia and John Scudder for their hard work over the last 7 years.
We are pleased to see more Novice / Restricted players dive into congresses and hope the Spring Nationals is only the beginning for them! The Under 100 Master Points Pairs Championship to be held on 27th November (Sun) is now open for entry. 16 clubs from all over NSW are hosting the events on the same day. So you are competing on a statewide level on your doorstep! Pick a club and ENTER NOW when you can, you will soon accumulate too many masterpoints!

Bridge players enjoy the learn and grow cycle. There are more learning opportunities besides from playing skills, Trumps Bridge Club is hosting a Club Level Director's Course on 13th November (Sun). Enrol HERE and learn to view the game from a different perspective.

Our affiliated clubs offered a variety of local congresses to bridge players last month:

Tenterfield Bridge Club 17th Annual Congress
88 players competing in the Butler Pairs

Muswellbrook Bridge Club Pairs and Teams

success beyond expectation

Dubbo Bridge Club Pairs and Teams
Flowers, food and bridge...What else could you want more from a congress?

Gunnedah Bridge Club Annual Congress
– A small club congress ended with big success

Trumps Spring Teams
– How will you play these hands?

All the local congress results can be found HERE.

Congratulations to the winners at the NSBC@Lindfield Labour Day Pairs Championship  – (Left) Mike Prescott, the Club Manager, congratulated the winners Janet Rowlatt and Shirley Lau. (Middle) Kay and Pat O'Connor came 2nd. (Right) David Hudson and Anita Curtis came 3rd.
Cheers to the winners at the Muswellbrook Congress (Left) Noel & Shirley Crockett came first in the Swiss Pairs. (Right) Christine Hadaway, Judith Smyth, Barabar Hunter (President), Noel & Shirley came first in the Teams.
Grinny winners (Left) Tenterfield Butler Pairs winners: Vicki Ivosevac and Barbara Meaney at the front row with Patricia Barry in the middle. Peter Barry (event convener) and the Plate Winners Graham Carson and Ian Pick at the back row. (Right) Dubbo Teams winners: Peter Perry, Phillis Logan, David Lander and Helene Lander.
Great performers in the Gunnedah Pairs and Teams: (Left) The Pairs Champions Vicky and Ian Lisle won again with Michael Johnston and Rachel Rich in Teams. (Right) The most encouraging pairs Elizabeth Frend and Lois Shannon played in both days at their 90's.
Upcoming Events
Events highlights from 7th November to 4th December. Click HERE to view congresses in the full year.

Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Nov 12 – 13 (Sat – Sun) Armidale Bridge Club

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Nov 13 (Sun) Manly Leagues Bridge Club
Margaret Smith Memorial Teams

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Nov 20 (Sun) NSWBA Spring Pairs Congress
Swiss Pairs

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Nov 27 (Sun) Central Coast Bridge Club
Almost Summer Teams
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Dec 3 – 4 (Sat – Sun) Goulburn Bridge Club Congress
Teams and Restricted & Novice Pairs

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Dec 4 (Sun) Wollstonecraft Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs

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NSWBA and State Events
Nov 12 – 13 (Sat – Sun) Illawarra Bridge Association State Novice and Restricted Teams
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Nov 19 – 20 (Sat – Sun) NSWBA State Open Pairs Championship
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Nov 27 (Sun) Under 100 Masterpoint Pairs Championship all over NSW

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National (ABF) Events
Nov 12 – 17 (Sat – Thu) ABF 2017 Open Playoff
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Nov 12 – 13 (Sat – Sun) BAWA Golden West Swiss Pairs
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Nov 25 – 28 (Fri – Mon) ABF GNOT Finals
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Dec 3 – 8 (Sat – Thu) ABF 2017 Seniors' and Women's Playoffs
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Bridge Holidays
Nov 8 – 15 (Tue – Tue) Bridgefolk Norfolk Island Bridge Holiday
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Dec 12 – 19 (Mon – Mon) Holiday Bridge Norfolk Island
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Dec 29 – Jan 2 (Thu – Mon) Finesse (Peakhurst) Celebration Pairs
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Featured Articles
Distributional hands can be interesting but can also be tricky. Rakesh Kumar selects some wildly distributional hands from "Canberra in Bloom" and shares his view with you.
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Does the shape compensate the lack of high card points? And how far it will make up to the strength? Rakesh Kumar shows you some more highly distributional hands in "Glory without Power".
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Congress Player of the Year
Your Association is pleased to acknowledge this 2016 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 September 2016.

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 Chairman of NSWBA, answers players' common question "Why haven't I got my masterpoints yet?"
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Congress Psyche Register
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.

About the eCongress
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