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 479 members and over 300 students in our Academy.

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

The articles on this page are:

  Christmas Party
Christmas Party

Just THREE tickets left for our Christmas Party on Thursday 20 December!

Drinks reception at 6.00 pm followed by a meal at 6.30 pm.

Bridge from 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm with prizes and raffles.

Reserve your ticket by clicking HERE.

Don't leave it too late. Numbers are limited to 100 tickets. When they are gone they're gone!!

Last updated : 18th Nov 2018 20:06 GMT
  The Biggest Night Ever
The Biggest Night Ever

On Thursday Evening this week we had the biggest attendance ever at the bridge club. There were 28 tables packed into the main card room (normally we have 24 tables set up), two league matches in the match room and a Gentle Pairs section of two tables in the teaching room. That made a total of 38 tables in use or 152 players.

Last updated : 16th Nov 2018 15:15 GMT
  Card Table Draw
Card Table Draw

Five members of the Scotland Women's team who will be playing in the Venice Cup in China next year, along with their lucky panda mascot, helped to pick the winners of the draw for the sale of some old card tables. As we had 24 tables to sell and more than 40 members hoping to bag one, we felt that a random draw was the fairest way to go about this. All the money raised will be used to support our women's team and we wish them the very best of luck next year. The winners of the draw will be notified in a Pianola message.

Last updated : 16th Nov 2018 15:13 GMT
  Christmas Congress
Christmas Congress

Entries are now being taken for...

our annual  Christmas Congress  

To be held on Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 December.

On Saturday we have a two-session Swiss Pairs competition starting at 1.30, finishing by about 8.30 pm.

On Sunday we have a two-session Swiss Teams competition also starting at 1.30 and finishing at about 8.30 pm.

Entry costs £12 per person per day. An optional meal is available from our excellent caterer also at £12 per person per day.

There are Bronze and Silver prizes in addition to the prizes for the pairs and teams finishing in the top three places.

Get your entries in by clicking HERE.

Last updated : 13th Nov 2018 09:53 GMT
  Gentle Pairs Bridge
Gentle Pairs Bridge

On Wednesday 3 October we will be resuming our Gentle Pairs Bridge Sessions starting at 1.30 pm.  These are aimed at players who are in 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.

Non members of the club are welcome to come and give this a try!

Last updated : 3rd Nov 2018 11:57 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 finalised. Click HERE for the sign-up form with details of times and classes.

Note that all current classes continue in January, and there is an additional class for complete beginners.


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 or about the classes for the spring term.

Last updated : 8th Nov 2018 11:11 GMT
  Some Bridge DOs and DON'Ts - Dummy's Rights

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

Dummy's Rights

Dummy must act as declarer's agent taking instruction from declarer as to which card is to be played to a trick. Dummy must not indicate in any way whatsoever the card he or she thinks should be played to a trick or take part in any way in the play of a hand.

As Dummy

  • DO check with declarer if he/she fails to follow suit
  • DO keep a proper count of tricks won and lost
  • DO try to prevent an irregularity such as declarer leading from the wrong hand
  • DON'T call the tournament director during the play of a hand
  • DON'T exchange your hand with that of declarer
  • DON'T call attention to any irregularity during play
  • DON'T leave your seat to watch declarer
  • DON'T look at the face cards in the defenders' hands
Last updated : 29th Sep 2018 17:24 BST
Friday MP Pairs
Thursday pairs
Wednesday Afternoon Pairs
Gentle Pairs
Rayne Q 2
Rayne Overall
November Teams
Monday Afternoon Pairs
Monday Evening MP Pairs
Monday Evening X Imp Pairs
Sun 18th Nov 2018
SBU National League
Mon 19th Nov 2018
Cross Imp Pairs
Starts at 13.00
Host: Standby Player
Mon 19th Nov 2018
Match Point Pairs
Starts at 19.00
Host: None
Mon 19th Nov 2018
Cross-Imp Pairs
Starts at 19.00
Host: None
Tue 20th Nov 2018
Cross IMP Pairs
Starts at 19:00
Host: None
Wed 21st Nov 2018
Cross-Imp Pairs
Starts at 13.00
Host: Standby Player
Wed 21st Nov 2018
Gentle Pairs for Beginners
1.30 pm
Host: Standby Player
Wed 21st Nov 2018
Cross Imp Championship Pairs (1)
Starts at 19:00
Host: None