Standby Players

Please help the club by volunteering to be a standby player on Monday & Wednesday afternoons and on Thursday & 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 512 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 : 25th Jun 2019 09:31 BST
New Melville Board Members and New Chair

At the club AGM held on Wednesday 26 June the following members were elected to the Board of Directors:

Ann Lyon, Allan Ainslie & Bill Aitken

At a short Board meeting immediately following the AGM the Board elected Christine McLaren as their new Chair. Congratulations to Christine.

Mike Ash, Alice Lappin and Liz Fisher stepped down as Board members having served three years on the Board. Special thanks are due to Mike who acted as Chair for the last two years.

N.B. If you wish to email the Chair at any time, then please do so to:

Last updated : 16th Jul 2019 19:35 BST
Bronze To Silver 2019

Bronze to Silver classes this autumn

The Melville Bridge Academy is offering another running of the popular 'Bronze to Silver' classes this coming autumn.

The course is aimed at experienced club players who wish to improve their play. Those who have attended in the past couple of  years have found that their bridge improves dramatically!

The class can only run if there is sufficient interest. Please click HERE for more details, and to register your interest.

Last updated : 24th Jun 2019 10:10 BST
Summer BBQ and Bridge
Summer BBQ and Bridge

Why not join us for a BBQ and a game of Bridge on Saturday 3rd August at the New Melville?

The BBQ will be held at 5.30 pm with a game of bridge before, starting at 2.00 pm and a second session of bridge at 7.00 pm after the BBQ for all those interested! Tickets costs £20 per person and this includes the bridge, the food and some wine. They are available from the till under the results screen and may be paid for with your swipe card, but as a separate transaction please. Take your ticket from the container and place your till receipt in the labelled tin box. If you are paying by cash please do so at the bar and then swap your till receipt, with your name written on by hand, for a ticket by the result screen. 

Last updated : 22nd Jun 2019 10:21 BST
Scotland Ladies Bridge Team Fundraising Event
Scotland Ladies Bridge Team Fundraising Event

Support the Scotland Ladies Bridge Team at the World Championship Finals

The Scottish Ladies Team has qualified for the World Championship Finals in China for the first time. The New Melville Bridge Club wants to celebrate their success in reaching the finals AND support them in their efforts to raise over £10,000 to fund the expensive trip.

The New Melville Bridge Club is holding a:

Bridge Pairs Tournament and Afternoon Tea on Saturday July 20th 2019

1.30pm -5.30pm.

The afternoon will consist of a Pairs tournament of around 20 boards followed by a sumptuous tea and raffle. A facilitated discussion will then be held, to review some of the more interesting hands of the afternoon. These discussions will be led by International players – and some of the Ladies Team – hear about some of their disastrous bidding and play, as well as success stories!

Open to all abilities, from those taking lessons at the MBA up to International and Gold standard players.

Please note all players will be playing against those of matching ability (minnows will not be playing against sharks), it’s a FUN afternoon!

Places are £10 per person and we would ask you to sign up as a pair, if at all possible. We will try and arrange pairings if you want to sign up as an individual.

Sign up online HERE or there are sheets on the club noticeboard.

Last updated : 22nd Jun 2019 09:59 BST
Learn 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 Autumn Term of 2019 are now announced. Click HERE to download an application form.

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

Last updated : 13th Jun 2019 14:25 BST
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
Tuesday Evening Cross Imp pairs
Monday Afternoon X Imps
Monday Evening X Imps
Monday Evening MP Pairs
Friday MP Pairs
Thursday MP pairs
Thursday X-imp pairs
Gentle Pairs Afternoon
Tue 16th Jul 2019
Cross IMP Pairs
Starts at 19:00
Host: None
Wed 17th Jul 2019
Cross-Imp Pairs
Starts at 13.00
Host: Standby Player
Wed 17th Jul 2019
Gentle Pairs
Starts at 13.30
Host: Yes
Wed 17th Jul 2019
Accumulator Pairs
Starts at 19:00
Host: None
Thu 18th Jul 2019
Match Point Pairs
Starts at 19:00
Host: Standby Player
Thu 18th Jul 2019
Cross Imp Pairs
Starts at 19.00
Host: Standby Player
Accumulator 2019 Leaderboard

Click HERE to see the leaderboard of the 2019 Wednesday night Accumulator.

Last updated : 15th Jul 2019 14:16 BST