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Winter is bridge season!
The weather is cold, which means it's a very good time to be inside playing bridge. Maybe, because it's even colder than usual, you are playing better than usual?! In any case, this is the perfect time to remind you about a new tournament that you can play from the comfort of your own home, without having to brave the weather.
The new NSW Online Pairs League is a non-profit initiative of the NSWBA State Committee. It is particularly aimed at non-metropolitan players and will be played on the RealBridge platform. This state-wide IMP Pairs competition has separate divisions for players at every level, with short sessions (12 boards, no more than one-and-a-half hours) every Thursday night for 8 weeks commencing 7th July (substitutions permitted if you can't make a particular night). Only $30 per player of which up to half will be returned to your home club! Please enter via MyABF )
Meet Our ANC Representatives
All of our ANC representative team members have now been selected! You can see the line-up for the Open, Seniors, Women's and Youth Teams in the images above. We wish them all the best at the Australian National Championships in Adelaide from 2nd July - 14th July. In addition to the Interstate Teams and the Butler Pairs, the ANC includes many other events for players of all standards. For more information, visit myABF.
Mixing it up
This year the State Mixed Pairs Championship was able to be held face-to-face, with the winners of the State title being Joan Butts – Michael Courtney. The Country Mixed Pairs was won by Jenny Michael - Rakesh Kumar and their success led to a story in the Southern Highland News. The Autumn Swiss Pairs, held in parallel with the finals, was won by Ado Hardy – Derek Timms. The winners and place-getters are pictured above.
NSWBA Monday Night events continue to run online on RealBridge. Next up: the NSWBA GNOT Qualifying Event over 5 Mondays on June 20th, 27th, July 18th, 25th and August 1st. Please find details and enter via MyABF)

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.

Jun 14-17 (Tue-Fri) Central Coast Bridge Club, NSW
State Seniors Championships Pairs and Teams

Jul 30 (Sat) NSW on BBO
State Individual

Aug 2-5 (Tue-Fri) Tomaree Bridge Club, NSW
State Veterans Championships Pairs and Teams

Jun 20 - Aug 1 (over 5 Mondays) NSWBA on RealBridge
GNOT Direct Qualifier

Jul 4 - 11 (over 2 Mondays) NSWBA on RealBridge
State Open Pairs Qualifying

Jul 7-Aug 25 (over 8 Thursdays) NSWBA on RealBridge
Online Pairs League (Winter Season)

Aug 8 - 29 (over 4 Mondays) NSWBA on RealBridge
State Open Teams Qualifying

Sep 5 - 19 (over 3 Mondays) NSWBA hybrid F2F and RealBridge
Matchpoint Swiss Pairs 

Sep 17-18 (Sat-Sun) NSWBA
GNOT Metropolitan Final

Oct 10-31 (over 3 Mondays) NSWBA on RealBridge
State Mixed Teams

Jun 18 (Sat) Grafton Bridge Club on Stepbridge
Online Swiss Pairs

Jun 18-19 (Sat-Sun) Newcastle Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams

Jun 18-19 (Sat-Sun) NSBC@Lindfield
Restricted & Novice Festival

Jun 23-26 (Thu-Sun) North Shore Bridge Club
Festival of Bridge - F2F and Online events

Jul 16-17 (Sat-Sun) Sydney Bridge Centre
Christmas in July Pairs and Teams

Jul 23-24 (Sat-Sun) Brisbane Water Bridge Club (Woy Woy) on RealBridge
Online Super Congress

Aug 6-7 (Sat-Sun) Orange Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams

Aug 7 (Sun) Trumps Bridge Club
Winter Teams

Aug 19-21 (Fri-Sun) Wagga Wagga Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams

Aug 27-28 (Sat-Sun) Central Coast Bridge Club
Novice & Restricted Swiss Pairs and Teams

Aug 28 (Sun) NSBC@Lindfield
Swiss Teams

Aug 28 (Sun) Tweed Bridge Club
Birthday Congress

Sep 10-11 (Sat-Sun) Cowra and District Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams

Sep 10-11 (Sat-Sun) Mollymook Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams

Sep 10-11 (Sat-Sun) Port Macquarie-Hastings Bridge Association

Sep 11 (Sun) Hunters Hill Bridge Club

Sep 17-18 (Sat-Sun) Yamba Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs

Sep 24-25 (Sat-Sun) Central Coast Leagues Club Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams

Sep 25 (Sun) Illawarra Bridge Association
Swiss Pairs

Sep 25 (Sun) Wollstonecraft Bridge Club

Jul 2-14 (Sat-Thu) Adelaide, SA
Australian National Championships

Aug 9-14 (Tue-Sun) Coffs Harbour, NSW
Coffs Coast Gold Congress

Aug 20-21 (Sat-Sun) Perth, WA
Swan River Swiss Pairs

Aug 24-28 (Wed-Sun) Darwin, NT
Territory Gold Bridge Festival

Sep 3-Aug 4 (Sat-Thu) Gold Coast Congress on RealBridge
Online Rescue Series 3

Sep 17-18 (Sat-Sun) Melville, WA 
HGR Memorial Congress

Oct 19-28 (Wed-Fri) Sydney, NSW
Sydney Spring Nationals

Jul 17 (Sun) Mollymook Bridge Club
Southern Zone Teams Championship

Oct 30 (Sun) North Shore Bridge Club
Metro North Interclub Teams
Congress Stories by
Rakesh Kumar

This month there is one report from a Congress, but first a few stories from one of the ANC Selection events in which Rakesh played.

Seniors Interstate Team Selection 2022
Small is beautiful.
IBA Congress 2022
The dealing computer has the last laugh!
Directors Course

A very successful Club Directors Course, presented by NSWBA Director Ian Lisle, was held at the Glen Bridge Club (Glen Innes) on Wednesday 1st June. The course was funded by the NSWBA and attended by 20 members of a range of local bridge clubs.

If you would like to organise Director training at your club, please contact your regional representative. See the list of representatives 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.
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, as well as reviewing newly published bridge books.

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