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Australian Events Summary

Australian Youth Bridge Championships

The Australian Youth Bridge Championships are open to all players under 30 years. They are held in Canberra the week prior to the South West Pacific Teams at the Summer Festival of Bridge. Events include the Australian Youth Pairs and Teams and the Australian Junior Team Selection Butler. 

Gold Masterpoints are awarded.

Summer Festival of Bridge

The Summer Festival of Bridge, the premier event in the calendar, is held late in January at the Canberra Rex Hotel.  Running for 12 days the festival offers a variety of events to suit players of all levels.

Gold masterpoints. PQP’s are awarded in the National Women’s and Seniors teams and in the South West Pacific Teams and National Open Teams.

Australian Team Selection Playoffs

The Australian Team Selection Playoffs select the teams to represent Australia in WBF and Zonal championships.  The Open Playoff runs separately and the Seniors’ and Women’s Playoffs run concurrently at a later date. Players must earn Playoff Qualifying Points (PQP’s) in major ABF events to be eligible to enter the Playoffs.  The Playoffs are held in Canberra in November and December.

Gold Coast Congress

Arguably one of the biggest and most successful congresses in the world the Gold Coast Congress attracts players from across the globe.  It is held in February at the the prestigious Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) located in Broadbeach, on Australia’s Gold Coast in Queensland. It is a unique destination which caters for both leisure and business tourism. Close to a variety of accommodation, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, entertainment and 70 km’s of pristine white sandy beaches. Events including Matchpoint and Swiss Pairs, Teams catering for players of all levels. The week concludes with a dinner dance and prize giving ceremony.

Gold Masterpoints. PQP are awarded in the Open and Seniors Pairs and Teams.

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Tasmanian Festival of Bridge

The Tasmanian Festival of Bridge held in March alternates between the Wrest Point Casino in Sandy Bay, Hobart  and the Country Club Resort in Launceston. Originally just the Australian Swiss Pairs, the Festival now includes the Roger Penny Senior Swiss Pairs and recent additions of the Festival of Bridge Open and Restricted Swiss Pairs. The two top pairs in the restricted event win free entry into the Restricted Pairs at the Spring Nationals in Sydney in October, sponsored by the NSWBA.

Gold Masterpoints. PQP’s are awarded in the Open and Seniors Swiss Pairs.

Autumn Nationals

The Autumn Nationals are held in  Adelaide on the last weekend of April or the first week of May. Events include the Open, Women’s, Seniors and Restricted Swiss Pairs followed by the Open and Restricted Teams.

PQP’s are awarded in the Women’s and Seniors’ Swiss Pairs and in the Open Teams. Gold Masterpoints.

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Western Senior Pairs

The Western Senior Pairs held in Perth in May at the West Australian Bridge Club offers a great weekend of bridge for senior players.

PQP’s and Gold masterpoints.

Victor Champion Cup

Named in honour of the late Victor Champion, the Victor Champion Cup, originally started as an Open Teams event in 1979, is now preceded by 2 days of Swiss Pairs including Open, Restricted, Under 200MP Combined, Seniors and Women’s categories followed by a 3 day Open teams with team’s category prizes including women, restricted, life, mixed and best Victorian.
 
The event is held in June over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in Melbourne. The venue for the past few years has been the Bayview Eden Hotel in Melbourne. Situated opposite the Albert Park Lake the venue offers a great opportunity for a relaxing lunch-time stroll, whilst its proximity to the city and St Kilda provides players with many options for post bridge conviviality.
 
All events are awarded Gold Masterpoints and PQP’s are awarded in the Open, Women’s and Seniors Swiss Pairs and in Open Teams.

Barrier Reef Congress

The Barrier Reef Congress is a Gold Point Event is held in late April or early May. It is shared between the three majors centres of the north – Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. In 2017 the congress will be held in Yeppoon. The events include Open Pairs and Teams and Restricted Pairs and Teams. Coming North this time of year is escaping the winter chills of the south.

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Australian National Championships and Butler Pairs

The Australian National Championships (ANC) and Butler Pairs are held each year usually in July. The location of the championships rotates between the 8  States and Territories. The main events are the Open, Women’s Senior and Youth Interstate Teams and the Open, Women’s and Senior Butler Pairs. There is also a restricted Butler supported by the ABF and in 2017 a Country Butler will be introduced. There are a number of supporting events including the ANC Swiss Pairs and various congress events. .

ANC Rotation
2013  New South Wales*
2014  South Australia*
2015  Western Australia
2016  Queensland
2017  ACT
2018 Tasmania
2019 Victoria
2020 Northern Territory
2021 New South Wales
2022 South Australia

*South Australia and NSW agreed to swap dates, so the 2013 ANC was held in South Australia, and NSW was the host in 2014.

Swan River Open Swiss Pairs

Beginning in 2003 this is Western Australia’s most prestigious ABF franchised event. It is currently held at the best bridge club in the country – the West Australian Bridge Club in Swanbourne.

With 32, 24, 16 and 8 PQP’s, available, the tournament takes place over an August week-end. Including a Leaders’ Butler, ten 12-board rounds are played. Matt McManus is the Chief Tournament Director and Scorer.

Coffs Coast Gold Congress

The Coffs Coast Gold Congress is held in August in the beautiful Opal Cove resort north of Coffs Harbour.

The congress commences on Tuesday 6.00 pm ( a Welcome cocktail party and Walk-in Pairs) and then Swiss Pairs ( 8 matches) on Wednesday/Thursday (lunch provided each day).  On Friday morning there is a Directors Forum and a Workshop, and Swiss Teams ( 8 matches) commences at 2.30 pm.   Swiss Teams continue on Saturday ( lunch provided) and Sunday morning finishing by  2.00 pm.   There are no night games.   After both the Pairs and the Teams competition there is a prize-giving with champagne and canapés.  Gold masterpoints are awarded and the generous prize money is applied to different categories.

Three lunches, prize giving cocktail parties, the Directors Forum and the Workshop are covered by the registration fee.

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Territory Gold Bridge Festival

The Territory is a great place to visit and the Gold Bridge Festival is held in late August or early September and alternates between Alice Springs and Darwin.  It is a five day event beginning on Wednesday and finishing on Sunday including Swiss Pairs (with PQP’s), Swiss Teams and Matchpoint Pairs events. Hospitality consists of a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner and presentations. This a great opportunity to combine bridge with a visit to the attractions of the Red Centre including Uluru, or the Top End of the Northern Territory including Kakadu. Remember if “you never never go – you will never never know!”

HGR Women’s Swiss Pairs

Held in September at the West Australian Bridge Club in Swanbourne, the HGR Women’s Swiss Pairs commemorates the contribution of the late Hans G. Rosendorrf, “a leading figure in Western Australian bridge and a major influence in the development of Australian bridge administration, journalism and national and overseas competition” (ABF website). 

The two day Gold point event provides generous prizes ($1,000 – 1st and $500 – 2nd), PQP’s (24, 18, 12, 6) and ABF medallions for 1st and 2nd –  presented at a sumptuous supper after play on the Sunday.

The WA Bridge Club has the best bridge facilities in the country and is only a 5 minute walk from Swanbourne beach, glimpses of which can be caught from the outdoor area. The famed Cottesloe Beach is a 3-5 minute drive away and Perth city and Fremantle are each less than 20 minutes away. The world famous WA wildflower season is in full swing in September.

The HGR Women’s Swiss Pairs entry of $80 per player includes free parking, tea, coffee and cakes throughout the day, and a free bar at the presentation supper. Lunches may be ordered before the start of play each day.  The event can be entered on the BAWA website: www.bawa.asn.au  

Sydney Spring Nationals

The Sydney Spring Nationals are held in late October. The venue, Canterbury Park Racecourse, offers panoramic vistas of the racecourse, while providing a spacious and airy playing area.

The major events are the Open Teams, the Swiss Matchpointed Open Pairs followed by the concurrent Women’s and Seniors’ Teams. All these events attract Gold Masterpoints and PQPs. Alongside the Open Teams and Pairs, Restricted Teams and Pairs accommodate the ever increasing popularity of the Restricted bridge circuit. These Restricted events are also awarded Gold Masterpoints.

The festival offers free parking, free tea, coffee and biscuits throughout play and a cash bar for about an hour after play each day. Lunches may be purchased then consumed while seated in the open air, covered Grandstand.

Golden West Swiss Pairs

The Golden West is held in mid November, in Mandurah.  An hours drive or train trip from Perth, Mandurah is a coastal town with delightful restaurants and cafes, crystal clear blue water, and a range of accommodation at affordable prices. The venue is the newly built Mandurah Bridge Club, where country hospitality is a highlight of the weekend.

Players can begin the weekend on Friday night with “Warm up pairs”, a Red Point event hosted by the Mandurah Bridge Club.

The main event is a two day A3 Gold point, Swiss Pairs event, which begins at 10.00am both Saturday and Sunday and concludes with food, drinks and prize giving at 5.30pm on Sunday. There is no play on Saturday night so players can enjoy the local restaurants and eaters. A generous prize pool of approximately $4000 is divided into category winners, with the winning pair receiving $1000!

The Golden West offers free parking, free tea, coffee and home baked delights throughout play and a cash bar after play on Saturday. Lunches may be ordered at the table each day.

This popular event can be entered on the BAWA website www.bawa.asn.au or by emailing gwsp@abf.com.au

Entry fee of $80 per player is collected at the table.

Grand National Open Teams (GNOT)

The Grand National Open Teams is an Australia wide event to select the 60 teams which attend the National Final, a 4-day event at the end of November.

The GNOT Final is conducted in Tweed Heads by the ABF. It comprises a 2 day qualifying in a knockout plus Swiss repechage format, a 2-stanza repechage final, 4-stanza semi-finals, and a 4 stanza  final.
In addition, as a supplement to the GNOT, there is a 1-day event, the GNOT Pairs Championship with medallions for winners in the Rural, Provincial and Metropolitan classifications, that comprises 2 sessions of Swiss Pairs for all GNOT participants. 
The entry fee for each team is paid by the Region and airfares to Tweed Heads are paid by the ABF to ensure participation is not too onerous. Gold points are awarded for Club, Regional and National Finals. PQP’s are awarded in the National Final.