Come What May

The NSW Seniors' and Youth Teams were selected last weekend, the 4 teams are all ready and set to go. We are proud to have these top players to represent us in the Australian National Championships in Canberra this July. They will also support the coming fun event Teams of Three on 21st May as captains. Don't miss the chance to learn from them. This year our NSW Open Representative Teams are:
  • Open: Maurits van der Vlugt, Andre Korenhof, David Hudson, Warren Lazer, Pauline Gumby and Paul Lavings
  • Women's: Sophie Ashton, Kim Neale, Linda King, Anita Curtis, Helene Pitt, Ruth Tobin
  • Seniors': Mike Hughes, David Beauchamp, Peter Buchen, Terry Brown, Rena Kaplan and Lorna Ichilcik
  • Youth: Chris Rhodes, Nico Ranson, Ailsa Peacock, Matt Smith, Charles and John McMahon
The youth players have demonstrated some talents in defending, let's read their stories:

Youth Interstate Teams Selection
How are you going to defend to make the best out of your penalty?

2017 Youth Team – Chris Rhodes, Nico Ranson, Ailsa Peacock, Matt Smith, Charles and John McMahon
The month of May provides a lot of varieties, your choice of game. If you are looking for some fun event with learning opportunities, Teams of Three on 21st May should be on your radar. This fun event is one of the most popular events which attracts a full hall every year. Form a team of three players, and a Captain will be allocated to your table. Check out the details and enter now!

If you are looking for a more competitive game, you should pencil the State Mixed Pairs Championship on 27th – 28th May in your diary. Direct Entries are welcome, so if you miss the qualifying event at club level, you can still participate for the championship title. The event runs Saturday 27th May as the State & Country Qualifying and Sunday 28th May as the State & Country Finals. A one-day congress The Autumn Swiss Pairs will run along side on Sunday 28th May, for those who drop out from the previous day. This one day Swiss Pairs Congress is OPEN to the public, with a supply of good players, a good game is guaranteed. Take the challenge and enter now!

The ANC Butler Pairs will be held over 4 Monday nights from 15th May – 5th June. We have invited Paul Lavings to be our expert speaker on the first night, you don't want to miss that.

We are pleased to see more players travelling and bridging around, click on the names of the congresses to read some feature reports from April:

Peninsula Bridge Club Swiss Teams

– Can you find this grand slam?

Kiama & District Bridge Club Novice Swiss Pairs
The event has become a popular one, so much so that there were pairs on the waiting list!

Wellington Bridge Club 2017 Congress
Players came from all over Australia

Tilligerry Bridge Club Swiss Pairs Congress

The catering in Tilligerry Bridge Club congress never disappoints you

Winners of the Hawkesbury Congress – (Left) Pairs: Glen Prichard and Jeff Pugh. (Right) Teams: Ernie Newman, Denis Raymond, David Priol and Peter Lameks.

Applause to the winners of the Kiama Novice Swiss Pairs – (Left) Overall winners Carolyn Githens, Marie Pickering. (Middle) Under 50MPs category winners Graham Bradley and Janet Heenan. (Right) Under 10MPs category winners Jacky and Brad Dobson.
Winners of the Peninsula Swiss Teams – (Left) The winning team: Andrew Peake, Peter Gill, George Fleischer and Matthew Vadas. (Middle) Placed second overall was the Kaplan team of Tony Leibowitz, David Beauchamp, Anita Curtis and Rena Kaplan. (Right) The A. Baker team came third: Helena Dawson, Colin Baker, Ann Baker and Susan Humphries.
Winners of the Tilligerry Swiss Pairs – (Left) NS winners Rachel Rich and Johnno Newman. (Middle) EW winners Greg and Sharon Mayo. (Right) The Best Local Pairs Bey Cleary and Sandra Dean, came 5th EW overall in the Restricted Section.
Congratulations to the titlists of the Wellington Congress (Left) Winners of Open Pairs Helene & David Lander. Winners of Super Novice Kate Courts and Maureen Milgate. (Right) Winners of the Open Teams: John Mottram, Helen Christie, Jane North and Ian Lincoln.
Upcoming Events
Events highlights from 29th April to 4th June. Click HERE to view congresses in the full year.

Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
May 6 – 7 (Sat Sun) Bathurst and District Bridge Club Congress
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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May 16 – 7 (Sat – Sun) Yamba Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs

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May 7 (Sun) Maitland Bridge Club

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May 20 – 21 (Sat – Sun) Coffs Harbour Bridge Club

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May 20 – 21 (Sat – Sun) Leeton Soliders Bridge Club 
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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May 21 (Sun) The NSWBA Teams of Three
A fun event to learn from expert players!

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May 28 (Sun) Canberra Bridge Club Southern Tablelands
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May 28 (Sun) The NSWBA Autumn Swiss Pairs Congress
Swiss Pairs

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May 28 (Sun) Twin Towns Bridge Club Birthday Congress 
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Jun 3 – 4 (Sat – Sun) Illawarra Bridge Association Chris Diment Memorial Congress
Pairs and Teams

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Jun 4 (Sun) Bathurst & District Bridge Club
The Bathurst Teams Day playing for the Harley Antill Trophy

This event has just been upgraded to be a congress!

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Jun 4 (Sun) Trumps Bridge Centre Winter Teams

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NSWBA Events
May 1 – 8 (over 2 Mondays) NSWBA State Mixed Pairs Qualifying
NEW for this year. You can play any 2 or 3 sessions for qualifying, so you still have a chance to enter this event now and play in the remaining 2 sessions!

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May 15 – Jun 5 (over 4 Mondays ) NSWBA ANC Butler Pairs
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National (ABF) Events
May 4 – 8 (Thu – Mon) SABF Autumn Nationals
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May 20 – 21 (Sat – Sun) BAWA Western Senior Pairs
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World Events
May 28 – Jun 7 (Sun – Wed) APBF Championships
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Bridge Holidays
May 18 – 25 (Thu – Thu) Holiday Bridge Alaska Cruise
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Jun 3 – 25 (Sat – Sun) Finesse The Best of Italy Italian Riviera Pairs
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Featured Articles
Distributional hands have a lot of trick taking potentials... if you are the declarer. If your opponents have an unbalanced hand, that means you are facing a challenge of bad breaks. Let Rakesh Kumar shows you how to cope with or take advantage of these hands in "Breaking badly".
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Congress Player of the Year
Your Association is pleased to acknowledge this 2017 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 28th February 2017.

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.

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