Standby Players

Please help the club by volunteering to be a standby player on Thursday or Friday evenings at least once a year.

You will be given a free game or a voucher for a free game if it turns out you are not needed.

Click below to visit the Sign Up website.

Sign Up!

Welcome to The New Melville Bridge Club

The place to learn and play the game of Bridge in Edinburgh.

As enjoyed by 502 members and over 250 students in our Academy.

Click on 'About our club' in the left hand menu to read more information.

Click here to take a virtual tour of the club.

Last updated : 20th May 2019 11:23 BST
Accumulator 2019

Leaderboard of the New Melville's long standing Summer Accumulator competition that runs on Wednesday nights up until September.

Position Name Average 10 24 8 15 Played Qualify Current Handicap
Apr Apr May May
1 Troy Van De L'Isle 61.3 61.89   68.83 53.17 3 3 0
2 David King 53.59   51.67 55.09 54 3 3 0
3 George Plant 50.31   46.5 50.69 53.75 3 3 -4
4 David Hamilton 50.06 49.15 51.67 55.09 44.33 4 4 0
5 Katharine Bailey 49.6 49.15 55.33   44.33 3 3 2
6 John P Hamilton 49.34 51.09 55.5   41.42 3 3 -4
7 Julia Palmer 48.11 55.48 35.67   53.17 3 3 -2
8= Anne Havard 46.66   49.58 43.75 42.92 3 2 0
8= Margaret Anderson 46.66   49.58 43.75 42.92 3 2 0
10 Sara Duncan 45.07 30.48   41.15 63.58 3 3 2
11 Ian Foster 44.18   51.83 41.63 39.08 3 3 2
12 Anne Young 42.2 43.59 35.67 47.35   3 3 0
13 Tim McKay 40.86 30.48   50.69 41.42 3 3 -4

The table above includes anybody who has played at least three times so far. The full table of last year's results can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Last updated : 20th May 2019 15:22 BST
Melville Successes

CONGRATULATIONS are due to Lucia Barrett, Derrick Peden, Veronica Guy and Shiena Lang who won the Swiss Teams at the SBU overseas congress in La Manga, Spain with a score or 84 VPs. Peter and Rona Moss, playing with Ken and Rita Macdonald also did well finishing in third place just behind a very strong team from Finland.

CONGRATULATIONS are also due to Bron McWhinney & Dilys Gellatly who won the pairs at the Oban Congress. Rhona Collins with Lilian Flett won the Consolation Pairs and Catriona Gardiner was in the team that won the teams event.

Last updated : 20th May 2019 11:26 BST
Record Level of Membership

Membership at the New Melville has passed the 500 mark, a record high in recent years and probably close to the all-time record for which we have no offical figures. Anecdotal evidence suggest that the membership was at about this level in the 1970s and 1980s.

When we moved from Grosvenor Crescent to Pinkhill in 2013 membership was down to 225.

Last updated : 5th May 2019 12:07 BST
MBA Summer Term Play Sessions

MBA Summer Term play sessions announced

Click HERE for details of the play sessions, which run from Easter Monday to the end of June.

These sessions are aimed at those in current classes, but anyone can attend!

Last updated : 28th Apr 2019 09:57 BST
Learning To Play Bridge

Are you interested in learning to play Bridge? If so, we offer a full range of classes extending over six terms (three years) which take you from absolute beginner to club player.

Our classes for the spring term have now finished but classes will re-start in the autumn. Full details will be available on this website later in the summer.

More information about our Academy can be found in the Melville Bridge Academy section of our website (see left hand menu) where you can also submit an enquiry about future classes.

Last updated : 28th Mar 2019 16:25 GMT
Gentle Pairs Bridge
Gentle Pairs Bridge

On Wednesday afternoons we run a Gentle Pairs Bridge Session starting at 1.30 pm.  These are aimed at players who are currently in the second year of classes and above or for those people who have completed all sixty lessons but are not yet ready to take the plunge into tournament bridge.

About 10-12 hands are played under the supervision of an experienced player who will help with the bidding and play.

You can come along without a partner and will either be matched up with another person in the same position or the experienced player. The session cost £3 per person. Non members of the club are welcome to come and give this a try!

Last updated : 28th Mar 2019 16:39 GMT
Some Bridge DOs and DON'Ts - General Bridge Procedure

An occasional series of articles for newer (and some experienced) players.

General Bridge Procedures and Etiquette 

  • DO make your opening lead face down
  • DO call the TD when something goes wrong
  • DO make your opening lead before filling in your score card or operating the Bridgemate
  • DO keep your eye on the timer for your section and try to keep to time
  • DO make sure your cards are returned to the board in the correct slot
  • DON’T ask questions about the bidding after the auction until your partner has the opening lead face down on the table
  • DON’T pick up your cards and return to the board until everybody at the table agrees the result
  • DON’T pressure your opponents into accepting your interpretation of the rules (call the TD)
  • DON’T make comments about the opponents bidding or play (unless invited).
Last updated : 26th Jan 2019 13:49 GMT
Monday Afternoon Pairs
Monday Evening X Imps
Monday MP pairs
Friday Evening MP Pairs
Thursday MP Pairs
Thursday X Imp Pairs
Wednesday Afternoon X Imps
Accumulator 4
Tue 21st May 2019
Cross IMP Pairs
Starts at 19:00
Host: None
Wed 22nd May 2019
Cross-Imp Pairs
Starts at 13.00
Host: Standby Player
Wed 22nd May 2019
Gentle Pairs
Starts at 13.30
Host: Yes
Wed 22nd May 2019
Accumulator Pairs
Starts at 19:00
Host: None
Thu 23rd May 2019
Match Point Pairs
Starts at 19:00
Host: Standby Player
Thu 23rd May 2019
Cross Imp Pairs
Starts at 19.00
Host: Standby Player