2020 Coffs Coast Gold Congress Tuesday 11th August to Sunday 16th August 2020

Coffs Coast Gold Congress 2020. Advisory re Novel Coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday 14th April 2020.

At the time of writing, it would not be possible to run our congress.

The situation is evolving rapidly, and it is too early to call whether we run or cancel

Therefore, entries will not open until Monday 1st June 2020 at 9am .

We strongly recommend anyone making travel arrangements to book refundable and flexible fares/accommodation due to the very real possibility of cancellation - either due to government/community restrictions or entry numbers below viability.

If the congress is to be cancelled a final decision will be made on or before Monday 13th July 2020.

In the event of cancellation all players will be entitled to a full refund of entry.

Payment by Direct Transfer can sometimes take 2 or 3 days depending on the institution and this may jeopardise acceptance if we do not receive it in a timely manner. Processing transfers is a multiple step process (compared to credit card processing) to progress an entry to the acceptance status. Please consider credit card method of payment if at all possible.

Entries will be accepted such that the total tables in the pairs and teams remain equal at all times.

That is, when a new table is added to the pairs event, a table will also be added to the teams event.

In the first instance entries will be processed in chronological sequence, but priority will be given to a "full entry" received. ie a full table of pairs and a full table for the teams.

Players who only want to play either in the pairs or teams, but not both, should get their entries in early and we will endeavour to match up these entries so they can proceed to the accepted stage. However, the best solution is that your captain try and find other bridge players in your club [or elsewhere] in order to put in a "full entry". This will maximize your chances of acceptance.

Entries will be listed on the "Pending/Waiting list", until payment has been processed, & reconciled, before progressing to the accepted list.

Expect a possible delay of several days before accepted entries start appearing on the internet.

Online Registrations link for the CHBC Gold Congress now closed - congress has reached full capacity!

Hosted by : Coffs Harbour Bridge Club

- Tuesday 11th August - Sunday 16th August 2020

Venue : Opal Cove Resort

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Coming from the North:

Opal Cove is approx 18 km south of Woolgoolga on the Pacific Highway. Just as you are leaving Woolgoolga you will see the Sikh Temple on the left side. 12km from here you will pass the Moonee Shopping centre again on the left, noticeable by Coles Supermarket. The venue is 5.5 km from here, as you enter the 80Km/hr zone 300 metres from the turning (left) there is a sign saying 'Opal Cove resort 300 metres'.

Coming from the South:

Opal Cove is approx 7 km north of the Coffs Harbour CBD on the Pacific Highway .The Big Banana is about half way on the left hand side. Stay on the right hand side lane. As soon as you see Sapphire Motel & Pacific Palms Motel (on left), indicate right & start filtering into the right turn which takes you into Opal Cove.

Programme: 2020 August Coffs Coast Gold Congress

Tuesday 11th August 2020

  6.00pm.....Welcome Cocktail Party (free)

  7.00pm.....Welcome Walk-in Pairs $10 per player pay at table (Red points)

Wednesday 12th August 2020

  10.00am.... 1st session - Butler Swiss Pairs (Gold points)

  Buffet Lunch approx 1.30pm

  2.30pm..... 2nd session Butler Swiss Pairs (Gold points)

Thursday 13th August 2020

  10.00am.... 3rd session Butler Swiss Pairs (Gold points)

  Buffet Lunch approx 1.30pm

  2.30pm..... 4th session Butler Swiss Pairs (Gold points)

  Followed by Prizegiving & Champagne

Friday 14th August 2020

  9am - 10.30 ..Directors Forum

  10.15am - 12..Teaching forum Education Session

  2.30pm..... 1st session Swiss Teams - (Gold Points)

Saturday 15th August 2020

  10.00am.... 2nd session Swiss Teams

  Buffet Lunch approx 1.30pm

  2.30pm..... 3rd session Swiss Teams

Sunday 16th August 2020

  10.00am.... 4th session Swiss Teams

  Followed by Prize giving (Champagne & Canapes)

  Finishing at approximately 2pm.


Note: One single payment per entry.

Welcome Cocktails Free

Walk-in Pairs - $10 per person - pay at table

Pairs.......$396 per pair [$198/player incl $18 gst/player] including 2 Buffet Lunches

Teams.......$748 per team [$187/player incl $17 gst/player] including 1 Buffet Lunch

Free Complimentary Workshop on Friday

Cancellation Policy

All transactions are processed in Australian Dollars (AUD).

For players who have submitted a valid entry and wish to cancel their entry the following conditions apply:

  • Cancellations received more than 30 days prior to the start of the event will be fully refundable
  • Cancellations received within 30-15 days prior to the start of the event will incur a 50% penalty unless full fee paying replacements are found.
  • Cancellations received within 14 days prior to the start of the event will incur a 100% penalty unless full fee paying replacements are found.

It is the player's responsibility to find a suitable replacement/substitute although the organiser will make every effort to assist in the process.

A suitable replacement/substitute will only be accepted once approved by the organiser.

All cancellations/amendments must be made in writing and emailed to Jon Doland: jon@australiawideconferences.com.au

All valid refunds will be credited to the credit card used to make the original payment.

Session Times

Tuesday Cocktail Party 6pm - 7pm Opal Cove Resort (Free))

Tuesday Night Walk-In pairs 7pm $10 per player pay at the table

Wednesday/Thursday mornings: 10am start - 2 sessions

Buffet Lunch: approx 1.30pm - 2.30 pm

Wednesday/Thursday afternoon: 2.30pm 2 sessions

Thursday after final session: - Prize giving and drinks

Friday 9am - 10.30Directors Forum

Friday 10.15am - 12amTeaching forum - Education Session

Friday 2.30pm - Swiss Teams 2 matches

Saturday 10am - 2 matches

Buffet Lunch: approx 1.30pm

Saturday 2.30am - 2 matches

Sunday 10am - 2 matches

Prize giving drinks & canapes

Approx 2.30pm finish


Butler Swiss Pairs 1st 2nd 3rd
Open Pairs $2000 $1000 $500
Open < 1000mp Pairs $500 $250 $125
Intermediate < 750mp Pairs $500 $250 $125
Restricted < 300mp Pairs $500 $250 $125
Swiss Teams 1st 2nd 3rd
Open Teams $4000 $2000 $1000
Open < 1000mp Teams $1000 $500 $250
Intermediate < 750mp teams $1000 $500 $250
Restricted < 300mp teams $1000 $500 $250

Player Categories


    Each player must have less than 750mp as of 1st April in the current year to play in this section.

    Intermediate/Restricted section is played as a separate field to the Open field.

Open field

     This field is opened to any player and there is a prize level for the best performing players under 1000mp.

Payment Methods:

Note: One single payment per entry.

Credit card:

    Master card or Visa card only - preferred method.

    Cards will only be charged when entry is about to be accepted.

Direct Credit to:

Not our preferred method - it is more efficient to process a credit card and accept the entry immediately, rather than try and connect a direct payment back to an entry. In addition direct payments create a lot of unnecessary refunds that have to be processed when entries do not make the cut!

    Account name:  Coffs Harbour Bridge Super Congress Club Inc.

    A.B.N.:   28726121486

    BSB: 082 551 Account No:  30-177-5782

    Bank:  NAB

    Reference:  ABF Number/Surname

Entry Acceptance Criteria

Note: One single payment per entry.

  1. Only entries that are complete and fully paid and reconciled will be listed on the accepted list.

  2. All entries will remain in the pending file until they meet the first criteria.

  3. Payments are manually processed after they appear in the club bank account, so allow for a possible delay especially over week end periods.

  4. Players should check the accepted entries and pending entries on the Coffs Harbour Bridge club site.

  5. There will be date time stamp on each of these lists which will indicate when they were last uploaded.

  6. It may be necessary to click the reload button on your browser if you suspect the list is not the latest!

  7. We will also reply by email to whoever submitted the entry if the entry is considered incomplete. The status of the entry will be shown on the pending list.

  8. Make sure you read and understand the cancellation policy.

  9. The pending file will also act as the waiting list when maximum table capacity is reached (approx 106 tables).

Tournament Directors

Tony Howes & Mathew McManus

Table Numbers

Will be capped at approx 106 tables at the discretion of the committee.

Entries received after the cap has been reached will be added to the pending file as status "Waiting".

Generally on the run up to August you can expect some cancellations.

Contact details

Entries & Accommodation.

Any changes to entries or accommodation matters need to be in writing preferably by email.

Jon Doland Mobile: 0407 904 600 or click to email:

Mail: Jon Doland 15 Murphy Crescent Coffs Harbour NSW 2450