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 488 members and over 250 students in our Academy.

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

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The articles on this page are:

  Melville Successes

CONGRATULATIONS are due to club members Liz McGowan, David Liggat, Fiona McQuaker and Iain Sime who won the Scottish Mixed Swiss Teams last weekend at Hutchisons Grammar School with a score of 90 VPs.

CONGRATULATIONS are also due to club members Cheryl & Dave Duddell who won the East District Allan Flitch for married couples on Saturday with a score of 63.54%. Runners up were Ian Crorie and Lucia Barrett.

Last updated : 17th Feb 2019 10:40 GMT
  Valentine Pairs

The club's efforts to raise money to support the Women's team that will represent Scotland in the Venice Cup later this year in China has amounted to £984! This inlcudes the sale of card tables (£210), a raffle and other sales (£294) and the table money from the Valentine Pairs (£480). We wish the team, which includes club members Liz McGowan and Fiona McQuaker, the very best of luck in China.

Click HERE to see the current overall ranking for all the pairs taking part, from the ECATS website. 18 clubs have submitted results including one from London where team member Paula Leslie lives.

Last updated : 17th Feb 2019 10:55 GMT
  April Congress 2019
April Congress 2019

Entries are now being taken for...

our annual  One-Day Congress   

To be held on Sunday 14 April.

There will be a Pairs Tournament starting at 1.30, finishing by about 4.30 pm. 

and there will be a Swiss Teams Tournament starting at  5.30 pm finishing by about 8.30 pm. 

The entry fees are £5 per person for the Pairs and £5 per person for the Swiss Teams. Both are payable on the day.

Bronze and Silver prizes will be awarded in both tournaments in addition to the prizes for the top three places.

Get your pairs entries in by clicking HERE and your teams entries in by clicking HERE.

An optional meal @ £10 per person is available between 4.30 and 5.30.  Click HERE for details, and to place orders.

Last updated : 7th Feb 2019 15:53 GMT
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 are now well under way and will be finishing in March. (Except the additional class for complete beginners which started in January). 

Full information about the days and the times along with the topics covered, can be found in the Melville Bridge Academy section of our website (see left hand menu).

There you can also submit an enquiry about current availability and future classes.

Last updated : 7th Feb 2019 13:18 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 them 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 £4 per person. Non members of the club are welcome to come and give this a try!

Last updated : 4th Feb 2019 10:33 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
Friday MP Pairs
Miller Cup 4
Gentle Pairs
Wednesday Afternoon Pairs
Westchester Teams 1
Tuesday Evening Pairs
Monday Afternoon Pairs
Monday Evening Cross Imp Pairs
Monday Evening Match Point pairs
Allan Flitch Married Couples
Mon 25th Feb 2019
Cross Imp Pairs
Starts at 13.00
Host: Standby Player
Mon 25th Feb 2019
Match Point Pairs
Starts at 19.00
Host: None
Mon 25th Feb 2019
Cross-Imp Pairs
Starts at 19.00
Host: None
Tue 26th Feb 2019
Cross IMP Pairs
Starts at 19:00
Host: None
Wed 27th Feb 2019
Cross-Imp Pairs
Starts at 13.00
Host: Standby Player
Wed 27th Feb 2019
Manson Cup Final
Starts at 19:00
Host: None
Wed 27th Feb 2019
Westchester Shield
Starts at 19.00
Host: None
Thu 28th Feb 2019
Match Point Pairs
Starts at 19:00
Host: Standby Player Available