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More Congresses on Different Platforms
While the Delta strain is extending its claws across New South Wales, online bridge continues to provide entertainment (and comfort) for our players. Although most congresses continue to be held on either RealBridge or BBO, this month a regional congress will be run on Stepbridge - thus offering players more choice, depending on their preferences for online games.
The next state event will be the State Online Individual Championship, to be held on Saturday 4th September on BBO. Everyone will be playing the same system. It's a fun competition without the hassle of arranging a partner, plus it's a great opportunity to meet people from around the state! Please find the details and enter on the NSWBA website.

For those interested in a higher level game, the NSWBA Monday Night Championships on RealBridge have provided a great opportunity for players across the state. Next up is the NSWBA Mixed Teams Qualifying event, to be held over 4 Monday nights from 23rd August - 20th September. Please find the details and enter on the NSWBA website.

Upcoming Events

The NSWBA Tournament Calendar now allows you to filter the list of congresses so that you can see which are face-to-face and which are online - the online congresses can be filtered by platform.

!! Please be sure you are up to date with the latest COVID restrictions before you travel to congress. Please contact the event convenor if in doubt. !!

Sep 4 (Sat) NSWBA on BBO
State Individual

Sep 18-19 (Sat-Sun) Central Coast Bridge Club
State Novice and Restricted Teams

Aug 23-Sep 20 (over 4 Mondays) NSWBA on RealBridge
NSWBA Mixed Teams Qualifying

Aug 13-15 (Fri-Sun) Coffs Harbour Bridge Club on RealBridge
Online Super Congress

Aug 18 (Wed) Sydney Bridge Centre on BBO
Mid-Week Online Swiss Pairs

Aug 21 (Sat) Grafton Bridge Club on Stepbridge
Online Swiss Pairs

Aug 21-22 (Sat-Sun) Central Coast Bridge Club on RealBridge
Novice and Restricted Swiss Pairs and Teams

Aug 22 (Sun) NSBC@Lindfield on RealBridge
Online Swiss Teams

Sep 5 (Sun) MasterBridge Online on BBO
September Matchpointed Pairs

Sep 12 (Sun) Mollymook Bridge Club on BBO
Online Swiss Pairs

Every Sunday, 2.30pm start. ABF on BBO
National Online Pairs (Open, Restricted and Novice)

Aug 28-29 (Sat-Sun) Glen Bridge Club

Sep 11-12 (Sat-Sun) Cowra and District Bridge Club
Pairs and Teams
Congress Stories by
Rakesh Kumar

The COVID delta variant-induced lockdown in Sydney has meant that of late, just about every online bridge event has had a very large number of entries. So it was with the two Swiss Pairs events on BBO held by Sydney Bridge Centre and MasterBridge Online. 

Bidding is a theme in Rakesh's congress stories in this issue:

Sydney Bridge Centre Charity Swiss Pairs
Is there such a thing as overbidding?

MasterBridge August Online Swiss Pairs
Tactical bidding
Book Review

You can find all book reviews by Paul Lavings on the NSWBA website. Paul Lavings’ booth in the NSWBA clubrooms is temporarily closed during lockdown, but you can always shop at his online bookstore.
Directors Course
For club administrators
If you represent a club and would like to host a Directors Course, please contact NSWBA for further details. 

For players
To better understand situations that arise when a director is called, Matthew McManus has explained several of them in detail, together with the reasons behind the rulings. His articles are written from the perspective of players – you may find them helpful in your quest to be a better congress player. Review his columns here >
The NSWBA has established 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 News is a monthly newsletter published by the NSW Bridge Association. It updates you with the latest congress info, interesting hands and analysis from events, and reviewing newly published bridge books.

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