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.
If you would like to join the New Melville Bridge Club you can download an application form by clicking on this article.
90 people attended our summer BBQ on Saturday and as in previous years the weather was very kind with some people sitting outside to eat their food after the afternoon session had finished. A good time was had by one and all!
The China fundraising event, held at the club on Saturday 20 July, raised over £2,000 in support of the Scotland Ladies Team who are playing in the Venice Cup in China later this year. Well done to everybody that supported this event by way of helping, playing or buying raffle tickets. There were three sections of bridge totalling 23 tables which included the six members of the Scotland Ladies team and their non-playing captain, Alex Adamson. Thanks are also due to non member Paul Gipson who helped in the selection of the hands, the dealing machine files and the production of the commentary booklet.
The team includes club members Fiona McQuaker & Liz McGowan, as well as Anne Symons, Helen Kane, Paula Leslie and Sam Punch.
Last chance to buy BBQ tickets!
Today (Wednesday 31 July) will be your last chance to buy a BBQ ticket or let us know that you want one as we need to finalise the numbers with the caterer. Over 80 tickets have been sold so far for the BBQ on Saturday.
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.
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:
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
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.
CONGRATULATIONS are due to club members Rona Moss, Veronica Guy, Peter Moss & Derrick Peden who won the congress teams at the Glenrothes Bridge Congress on Sunday with a score of 65 VPs. Runners up were Derek Sanders, Alex Adamson, Gints Freimanis & Stewart Pinkerton on 63 VPs.
Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 6.00 pm
The Chairman will be happy to take any questions or receive any comments
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.
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!
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.
YMelville regulars will be very saddened to learn that one of our very popular members, Bob Morris, has passed away after suffering a brain haemorrhage.
The funeral takes place this Friday at 3.00 pm in the main chapel at Mortonhall Crematorium.
The New Melville retained the Jim Davidson Trophy on Wednesday night with a win against the Carlton by circa 4000 points. Well done to everybody that took part.
EW: Iain Sime & Fiona McQuaker -320
EW: Alan Goodman & Sandy Duncan -430
EW: Tim McKay & Keith Youngs +80
EW: Anne Perkins & Sheila Adamson -330
NS: Fiona Greenwood & Julia Palmer +640
NS: John Hamilton & Fiona Lawson +1650 (Prize Winners)
NS: Cheryl & Dave Duddell -2000
NS: Stewart Pinkerton & Athena Chow -370
NS: Laura Middleton & Rona Moss -1750
NS: David Briggs & David King +1440
NS: Jeff Bond & Jim Sharp +660
NS: Christine Walker & Damien Byron +430
EW: Denise King & David Hamilton +1600
EW: Robert Waugh & Marina Evans +2920 (Prize Winners)
EW: Tim Lambert & Robert Thornton +600
EW: Ian McLean & Roy Heanes +510
CONGRATULATIONS are due to the following Melville members for successes in various tournaments this week.
Lucia Barrett, Veronica Guy, Laura Middleton & Rona Moss on winning the East District Womens Teams held at the Carlton.
Sandy Duncan & Harry Smith were half of the winning team in East District Mens Teams held at the Carlton.
Moyra Forrest who was first equal in the SBU Harrison individual tournament held at the Carlton on Saturday.
Robin Macpherson who won the Fairlie Individual also at the Carlton on Saturday.
Dorothy Weir and Thora Walker who were joint runners up in the Kennedy final at the Buchanan Bridge Club on Sunday.
The Melville team to play against the Carlton this week on Wednesday 1 May is announced.
Please note that the match is being held at the Carlton. 7.00 pm start.
N.B. There will be no pairs tournament at the Melville this Wednesday.
CONGRATULATIONS are due to the following club members for their results in our one-day congress on Sunday:
Les Steel & Athena Chow on winning the pairs with an impressive score of 67.25%
David Houston & Iain McLaren for finishing in a very creditable third place out of sixty six pairs with a good score of 63.64%
Jane Stephenson & Dilys Gellatly for winning the 'Silver'prize with a score of 60.22% finishing in eigth place.
Tim Lambert and Rob Thornton for winning the Bronze 3/4 prize with a score of 58.29% finishing in eleventh place.
Esther Green & Kairen Bergius for winning the Bronze 1/2 prize in 43rd place with 45.67%
The Congress Swiss Teams was won by Derek Sanders, John Murdoch, Gints Freimanis & Stewart Pinkerton with a score of 61 VPs
The runners up in the teams were Veronica Guy, Lucia Barrett, Derrick Peden and Peter Moss with 58 VPs
David Briggs, David King, David Hamilton & Denise King won the Silver prize.
Tim McKay & Sara Duncan, Tadeusz Janowski & Krzysztof Nguyen won the Bronze B3/B4 prize
Kate Fulton, Margaret Clark, Ross Angus & Gail Treharn Corbett along with David Houston, Iain McLaren, Wendy Weir & Fiona McLaren were joint winners of the Bronze B1/B2 prize.
Full results are available in our results section. Photos to follow.
MBA Bridge course on Defence and other topics!
As we all know, we spend a lot of time at the bridge table defending. Have you ever wanted to sharpen up your play in this area? If so, the MBA has the answer - we are running a 10-week course over the next few months on Friday afternoons.
The title of the course is 'Defence and other stuff'! In addition to the general theme of Defence, it contains teaching on match-point tactics, Roman Keycard Blackwood and also some refresher information on Etiquette at the table. It comprises 5 teaching weeks, interspersed with 5 weeks of playing sessions, designed to reinforce the lesson content. The course in intended as a 10-week package, though if you will miss a few weeks, pro-rata deals are available!
Click HERE for full details.
Please note that the match is being held at the Carlton this year on Wednesday 1 May.
If you are available but don't have a partner organised add your name anyway and we can sort that out nearer the time if you are still interested.
CONGRATULATIONS are due to Malgorzata Rozman & Athena Chow who were part of the winning team on Sunday in Stirling at the final of the SBU Bronze Teams with a total of 169 VPs, well ahead of the second placed team with 142 VPs. Club members Liz Young, Rhona Goff, Joyce Clemie & Carolyn Girvan finished in third position.
CONGRATULATIONS are due to the following club memebers for various successes at the Strathpeffer Bridge Congress over the weekend.
Robert Clow and Derrick Peden were part of the team that won the Swiss Teams. Robert and Derrick also won the Pairs Consolation Final. Lucia Barrett and Tim McKay were runners up in the Teams Final and Lucia was also runner up in the Pairs Final.
The Andrew Robson day held on Saturday 23 March was a huge success raising £4,800 for 'Itsgood2Give'. The playing room was packed with 29 tables taking part in Andrew's excellent bidding and play sessions using his unique packs of playing cards.
Well done to Sarah Gunn and her team for organising this event including all the refreshments and raffles.
If you want to know more about 'Itsgood2give' click HERE to visit their website.
CONGRATULATIONS are due to Derrick Peden and Tim McKay who have won this years’s Calvert Cup with a score of 62.85%. David Liggat and Liz McGowan have won the Hamilton Trophy for the highest single score, other than the winners.
CONGRATULATIONS are due to club members Iain Sime, John Murdoch and Paul Barton who along with Brian Spears won the Scottish Cup on Saturday against the holders, a team lead by Derek Sanders, also a club members. This is the first time Iain has won this premier teams event. The final, which was played for over sixty four boards, was held at the New Melville.
CONGRATULATIONS are due to the winning team of this year's Manson Trophy which was held during February. The team was made up of: Les Steel, Dave Walker, Athena Chow & Robert Myers.
CONGRATULATIONS are due to our club Chairman Mike Ash and his partner Sandy Duncan, also a club member, on winning the Cowan Cup at the weekend with a score of 60.80%. Thirty three pairs took part in the two-session tournament held at the club.
CONGRATULATIONS are due to club members Robert Clow, Derrick Peden and Tim McKay who were part of the winning Men's team in Dundee on Sunday with a score of 127 VPs. Club members Derek Sanders, Alex Adamason and George Plant played in the team finishing second. Ten teams took part in the SBU's annual Men's Teams Championship.
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.
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.
Congratulations are due to Derrick Peden and Lucia Barrett who have won this years Westchester Mixed Pairs which was played for over two sessions. Derrick and Lucia managed to score exactly 60% for each session! The runners up were Liz McGowan and Tim McKay.
Last week saw the busiest week at the bridge club for at least 20 years with over 100 tables of play recorded. On Thursday night we also broke all records in recent years with a staggering 30 tables playing. If Thursday night continues to grow we will probably have to introduce an on-line pre-booking system! Watch this space!
Our annual Christmas Congress was well attended again this year. Fifty four pairs competed in the Swiss Pairs on the Saturday with club members Alex Adamson and Derek Sanders coming out the winners. Twenty teams competed in the Swiss Teams on the Sunday with club members Liz McGowan and David Liggat being half of the winning team.
We hope to see you all again next year!
This year's Christmas Party was attended by 101 people and was a most enjoyable evening. The food, which was provide by our regular caterer, was as ever, really excellent. The Christmas decorations which were organised by Rose Simpson and Pat Walkinshaw were as always superb. Many thanks to the both of them. And on the night we even managed 15 hands of bridge with Alan Goodman and Fiona Greenwood scoring a staggering 81%!! See you all next year.
The Purves Clock Teams is a randomly drawn mixed Bronze/Silver/Gold teams event taking place over two nights. You must enter as pairs (of the same category) and will be randomly matched with another pair on the first night. You will play with a different pair for the second night.
This competition is for club members.
A special mention should also have gone to David Briggs, David King, David Hamilton and Denise King who won the Gardiner Trophy on the Friday evening.
Huge CONGRATULATIONS are due to our assistant club manager Anne Perkins who along with teammates and club members Mike Baron, David Kaye and Irene Sime have won the Congress Swiss Teams at this years December National Congress in Peebles.
Congratulations are also due to Alan Goodman, Brian Short, Fiona McQuaker and Anne Symons who finished a close second.
And, we must also congratulate club members Iain Sime and Paul Barton who were victorious in the Congress Swiss Pairs.
Our Christmas Party on Thursday 20 December is a sell out.
All 100 tickets have been sold!
If you add your name and choices now using the left hand menu button you will be on a reserve list in case there any cancellations.
Please don't pay for a ticket if you have done this. We will let you know if any tickets become available.
On Thursday Evening last 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.
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.
Congratulations are due to club members Liz McGowan, David Liggat, Sandy Duncan & Tim McKay who won the Congress Teams at the Highland Bridge Congress last weekend.
As many members will have seen, we have replaced all the card tables in our main playing room with new ones.
This means that we are going to offer club members the chance to purchase one of the old tables.
These can be reserved in the first instance using an on-line form. If fewer than 24 members request a table then it may be possible for some people to have more than one.
We don't have a fixed price for the tables but are asking for donations. The money raised will be used to support the Scotland’s Women’s Team who have qualified to play at the World Championships in China in 2019! Two of our club members, Liz McGowan and Fiona McQuaker are part of that team. The amount you donate is entirely up to you but we suggest a minimum of £5 per table.
Click HERE to reserve a table.
An announcement will be made when they are available to be taken away once we know the total number of requests.
Please don't take away or pay for any tables at the moment.
Congratulations are due to club members Fiona Lawson and Diana Drysdale who won the Dunbar Congress Pairs last weekend. They were also half of the winning team in the Congress Teams!
This Autumn the Melville Bridge Academy’s Dave Walker and Julia Palmer will offer a course of teaching and play which extends the SBU learners’ course and gives you further essential tools of the game! The theme for this term is ‘Declarer Play', and the course comprises teaching weeks, interspersed with sessions of play designed to reinforce the topics being taught.
The Advanced Learner classes start on Friday 5 October 2018 and run for ten weeks.
They are suitable for Club players and those who have completed the SBU course.
All sessions are from 1-30 to 3-30pm on Fridays. Please note that the course is a full package, and costs £60 for the 10 weeks – a real bargain! Places are limited to 36.
Further details of the topics being covered and an application form can be found by clicking HERE.
On Friday 28th September, Alice Lappin and Liz Fisher are holding a Chicago Style Bridge & Afternoon Tea event for MacMillan Cancer Support starting at 1.00 pm
A table for four players costs £40.
Please add your four names by clicking HERE.
Members who aren't able to attend but who would like to make a donation can do so using the 'Donations' tab on the tills in the club.
Our annual Men v Women 'start of the season' competition was held last night with the men coming out on top by over 15,000 aggregate points. Congratulations to the prize winners which were: NS Section A Mike Ash & Arend Bayer on +7580; EW Section A Liz McGowan & Fiona McQuaker -3750; NS Section B Amanda Aberdour & Denise King +5300; EW Section B Stewart Morris & Kevin McCullough -1600. Thank you to all those that took part. An enjoyaable evening was had by all.
Congratulations are due to Iain Sime who has won this year's Accumulator with a score of 59.93% followed by Tim McKay in second place and last years winner David Hamilton in third.
Congratulations are also due to Anne Perkins and Fiona Greenwood who have won this year's Calvert Cup with a score of 61.35% followed closely by Liz McGown and David Liggat with 61.19%. Liz and David win the Hamilton Trophy for the single highest score over the six nights of the competition, not counting the winners.
Congratulations are due to club members Derrick Peden and Sara Duncan who won the Pairs Final at the Central District Congress in Montrose over the weekend. Derrick and Sara were also members of the team that finished second in the main teams final!
Congratulations are due to our club chairman Mike Ash who has won the Peebles Congress Pairs Final playing with Robert Ferrari with a score of 59.82%. Liz McGowan and David Liggat won the consolation Pairs final with a score of 65%.
Click HERE to view all the photos taken at this years Annual General Meeting.
You can read the Chairman's Report in the Chairman's Newsletters section of this website.
Members will be saddened to learn of the death of Ron Barrie who passed away recently. Ron was a much respected and well-liked member of the club who served on the Board and was club Chairman in 1987. He will be very much missed by those who have known him for a long time.
Ron’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 3 July at 2.00 pm in the Lorimer Chapel at the Warriston Crematorium. All those attending are invited for some refreshments at the King’s Manor Hotel immediately following the service.
Please note that the club will hold its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday19th June at 6.00 pm.
The AGENDA for the meeting is below
Please note: We hope to run our normal Tuesday night bridge session immediatley following the meeting.
Congratulations are due to the Scotland seniors team who won the Seniors Camrose Home International competiton which took place in Wales over the weekend. Club members Iain Sime, John Matheson and John Murdoch were part of the team with Anne Perkins as the team's non-playing captain. The Scotland team won all ten of their matches which is some achievement!!
CONGRATULATIONS are due to club member Sandy Duncan who won the Scottish Swiss Pairs in Ayr on Sunday, playing with Bob McPaul.
CONGRATULATIONS are due to club members David & Shona Anderson, Tom Bagnall and Andrew Harborow who won the Swiss Teams event at the Berwick Congress on Sunday with a score of 65 VPs, 11 ahead of their nearest rivals.
CONGRATULATIONS are due to Ann Lyon & Ann Sutherland who have won the Miller Cup. This is played four over four Thursday nights in January through to April with the best three scores counting. For the full table of results click HERE.
All members and Swipe Card holders should note that prize money for the period 1 November 2017 - 30 April 2018 has now been calculated and added to swipe card accounts at the rate of 6.5p per master point won. A full table of the master points won can be seen in our Club Competitions results section of this website.
From 1 May onwards, prizes will awarded on the night using a system of vouchers instead of adding money to cards.
The annual match against the Carlton Bridge Club took place last night with a convincing win for the New Melville with an overall score of +7580 (after a correction the following morning). The leading Melville NS pair were Rose Simpson and Kathy Whaler with a score of -310 and the leading Melville EW pair were Sheila Adamson and Anne Perkins with a score of +4210. A full list of all the scores can be seen in our results section. Congratulations to everybody that took part!
The prize winers pictured above are:
The club hosted its biggest ever bridge congress on Sunday with a huge 33 tables playing in the pairs in the afternoon and 32 tables playing in the Swiss Teams in the evening. Congratulations are due to Sarinder Singh and Ron McCarron who were first in the pairs and Liz McGowan, David Liggat, Robert Clow and Derrick Peden who won the teams event.
Congratulations are due to John Hamilton and Fiona Lawson who have won the Club's annual Westchester Mixed Pairs competiton with an overall combined score of 61.46%. In second place were Veronica Guy and George Plant with 59.58% and third were Derek Sanders and Athena Chow with 58.33%.
Congratulations are due to the Scotland Ladies Team who were victorious at the weekend in the ladies home international competition for the Lady Milne Trophy. Club members Fiona McQuaker, Liz McGowan and Sheila Adamson were members of the winning team. Veronica Guy, Lucia Barrett, Laura Middleton and Julia Palmer played for the SBU team in the same event. Well done to all those that took part!
The New Melville Bridge Club hosted a charity event for Dr Bells Family Centre, supporting vulnerable families facing disadvantage in Leith, on Sunday 18 March.
The Times bridge correspondent and English International, Andrew Robson was invited to hold one of his bridge tuition sessions and this was much enjoyed by all those that attended.
The event raised over £5,000 including raffle money and donations, and the event organiser, Sarah Gunn, would like to thank all those who attended and also the many volunteers for home baking, serving and clearing up. It was a great day, even with the snowy start.
CONGRATULATIONS are due to Derrick Peden who won the Cowan Cup at the weekend with Malcolm McCardle. Runners up were Liz McGowan and David Liggat. David Houston and Allan Ainslie won the Bronze 3/4 prize.
Anyone coming to play at the club should note the following information about some road works on the A8 which start on 26 February.
Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) are going to replace an old gas main that runs underneath the A8, starting at Balgreen Road and heading West towards Corstorphine. To ensure the safety of their workforce, the A8 will be reduced to one lane each way starting from Balgreen. We are presuming that the reduction in width will progress slowly along the A8 until the works reach Pinkhill.
When the works do reach Pinkhill on 5 March, our street will be closed off at the junction with the A8 preventing any traffic from entering or exiting Pinkhill, for a period of four weeks. We also presume that this will also mean that it won't be possible to park on the A8 in the vicinity of the club at any time during this period and that at the very least the bus stops on both sides of the road will be moved. As the bus stops for the Zoo are fairly close by, they may just close the Pinkhill stops altogether.
So, if you are travelling by car to the club you will have to enter Pinkhill from the Traquair Park end which means quite a diversion if you normally approach from the A8. SGN are suggesting that you divert via Station Road in Corstorphine and will almost certainly have diversion signs arranged.
It is hard to know exactly how badly this will affect the traffic on the A8 but we would guess it will increase journey times significantly and therefore members and visitor should be prepared for this.
CONGRATULATIONS are due to club members Iain Sime and John Murdoch who were part of the team that won a Bronze medal at the Commonwealth Nations Teams Championships at the Gold Coast, Australia last weekend. The event was won by the India A team with the Australian Gold team finishing second.
Monday 19 February saw record numbers playing bridge at the New Melville with 18½ tables in the afternoon and another 18 tables in the evening making 36½ tables in total, not to mention a league match, played that day.
How about coming along on Wednesday afternoons? We are trying to get this session off the ground and hope to see you there soon! Bridge starts at 1.00 pm but you do need to bring a partner for this tournament.
The Pinkhill Pivot Trophy is a 'teams of four' competition aimed at our Bronze players. It is being held on Wednesday 21 February at 7.00 pm.
In this event you you must partner each member of your team for one third of the boards played that evening, so it is another fun event.
One of our members, Sarah Gunn, is organising an Andrew Robson Charity Tuition day at the New Melville on Sunday 18 March 2018. Click HERE for more details.
Please note that as from the week beginning 5 February our Thursday afternoon session has been moved to Wednesdays at the same time i.e. 1.00 pm. We do not have a standby player for this session.
We're delighted to offer some more bridge classes, a 10-week course starting in January. These classes are styled 'Advanced Learner', and are aimed at those who have recently completed the SBU standard classes. (They are *not* as high-powered as the 'Bronze_to_Silver' classes, which are aimed at people who have finished the SBU course by several years!)
Click HERE to download an application form.
We are sad to report that one of our oldest members, Margaret Archibald, who was in her nineties, passed away at the weekend. Margaret was a very popular player who had been a member for a very long time. She will be very much missed.
Margaret’s funeral is to be at Mortonhall Main Chapel on Monday 12th February at 11am and afterwards at the Merchants Golf Club.
The photograph shows Margaret just after she cut the ribbon for the opening of our new extension eighteen months ago. As always she had a beaming smile!
The Westchester Mixed Pairs takes place over two nights on Wednesday 7 February and Wednesday 28 February. Pairs that enter must play on both nights so please do not make an entry unless you are sure you can both play on both nights.
Scoring will be by match points and the overall winners receive the Westchester Mixed Pairs trophy
Congratulations to Anne Young who won our annual 'Individual' tournament for the McEwan Trophy on Wednesday night with a score of 60.42%. The Pinkhill Trophy for the best Bronze player was won my Ronnie Thomson who was equal second with George Plant with scores of 58.75%.
A new record of 25 tables played this Thursday night, our most popular evening by some margin. Of those, 16 tables played in the match pointed Falcon Pairs and the other 9 tables played in the Bronze Pairs. Being the fourth Thursday of the month this night counts towards the Miller Cup. The best three out of the four nights on the last Thursdays of January, February, March and April counting.
I have closed the entries as we have number suitable/convenient number.
We are pleased to announce that the club will open again this week with a full programme of tournaments and classes. Although the problems with our gas supply have not been fully sorted out yet we have sufficient space heaters in operation to keep the club warm.
Please note that this Tuesday 16 January we will run our Teams of Four tournament that normally takes place on the second Tuesday of the month. So there will not be a pairs tournament on 16 January.
Our Sixth Christmas Congress took place on Thursday 28 December and Friday 29 December. Congratulations to all our winners especially Derrick Peden and Jim Hay (shown here) who not only won the Swiss Pairs on the Thursday but were also part of the winning team in the Swiss Teams on the Friday.
The congress was very well attended this year. We had 27 tables in the Swiss Pairs and 24 tables in the Swiss Teams. Both numbers are a new record for this event. Our Swiss Pairs tournament actually attracted more entries then the EBU End of Year Congress in Blackpool!
The full results are published in our results section of the website.
We look forward to seeing you all again in twelve months time.
We are pleased to announce that our new bike rack has been installed on the south side of our building. Please use this from now on instead of the old rack on the north side.
We hope to add a new floodlight on the side of the building, in the near future, to make this easier for our cyclists when it gets dark.
On Thursday 21 December the club held it's annual Christmas Party at which ninety-nine members turned up to enjoy the delicious food provided by our caterer not to mention the freely flowing Proseco and Wine.
A short session of bridge also took place after the with everyone staying to play, so three sections were needed! The results can be found in the results section of the website. We look foraward to seeing you all again in twelve months time!
CONGRATULATIONS are due to the following club members who were successful at the SBU Winter Congress in Peebles.
Derrick Peden for winning the Clive Owen trophy for the Swiss Pairs (partnered by Malcom Copley).
Iain Sime, Mike Ash, John Matheson for winning the pre-congress teams.
Iain Sime, Mike Ash, John Matheson for winning the Bill Mitchell Salver for Swiss Teams.
All 100 Tickets for the Club's Christmas Party, have been sold! If you haven't got one, sorry, you are too late.
Click HERE to see who is coming.
The Grosvenor Pivot Teams is a new competition this year and it takes place on Wednesday 13 December. It will be run as a four round Swiss Teams with six boards per match, if we get sufficient entries. Each team member must partner all the other team members for at least one match during the evening.
Scoring will be by IMPS converted to Victory Points.
Please click HERE to make an entry. Please note that all members of the team must be club members.
Well done to all those that contributed to a magnificent £525 that was raised for the BBC Children in Need cause. Twenty tables took part in the Sim Pairs last Thursday with the money being raised through donations and a raffle. George Plant & Tim McKay finished a creditable 61 out of almost 2,000 pairs that took part on the Thursday.
Click on this LINK to see the ECATS results page for our club.
Congratulations are due to club members Brian Short, Alan Goodman, Arend Bayer & Mike Ash who have been selected to represent Scotland in the Camrose home internationals in January as a result of their performance in the National League. Brian and Alan won Division 1 along with teammates Sam Punch and Stephen Peterkin whilst Arend and Mike finished second in the cross-imp scoring table.
CONGRATULATIONS are due to Lucia Barrett, Veronica Guy, Sheila Adamson & Fiona McQuaker who were the winning ladies team on Sunday evening in the Swiss Teams event.
We are sad to announce that one of our Honorary members and former club chair, Molly Reid, died peacefully on Friday Nov 10th a few weeks short of her 98th birthday. Her funeral will take place on Tuesday 21 November at Mortonhall, at 2pm. Not only was she a very good player who represented Scotland in the Lady Milne, but she was highly thought of as a bridge teacher.
CONGRATULATIONS go to club members Iain Sime & John Murdoch who won the Arthur Grandmaster pairs last weekend and to Anne Laird & Bob Willaims who won the Jesner pairs for Masters & Senior Masters, with Anne Young and Alex Sutherland in third place. Athena Chow & Malgorzata Szymanska finished third in the Johnston for Local & District Masters.
Monday 6th November saw our busiest day ever at the club with 17 full tables in the afternoon and 23 full tables, comprising three sections, in the evening, making a total of 40 tables in one day!
Club subscriptions become due from 1 October. All members should have received an email advising them of the amount. Please help the club by making a Gift Aid Declaration. If you are a UK taxpayer we can claim back 25p for every £1 of your club subscription from the Inland Revenue. You can click HERE to download a form. Please return your fully completed form to the office.
Please note that if you have already done this in the past there is no need to do so again. If you are unsure whether or not you have already filled out a form, please email: email@example.com
♥ Our Thursday afternoon bridge sessions have started.♦ We will run these for a trial period up until Christmas and hopefully continue on into 2018 if we get a reasonable turnout.
To try and get this kick-started we are making all the Thursday afternoon sessions up until Christmas completely free!!
Play will start at 1.00 pm and we will aim to finish by 4.00 at the latest. There will be no formal tea break but tea and coffee will be available for purchase during the afternoon for consumption at the bridge table.
Please Note: We will NOT be offering a standby player for this session to start with. However, if you do turn up on your own and we can't match you up, you will be given a free game voucher for use the next time you are at the club.
Congratulations are due to various club members for their successes at the recent SBU Autumn Congress in Peebles.
Open Teams: 1st John Matheson, Iain Sime, Derek Sanders (with Stephen Peterkin); David & Denise King with Julia Palmer and Frances McKeon were 1st equal aftr a split tie.
Teams Finals: 1st John Matheson, Iain Sime; Derek Sanders (with Stephen Peterkin); 2nd Dave & Cheryl Duddell (with two others); 3rd Damien Byron (with three others)
Swiss Teams: Best Bronze Team - David Houston, Margaret Anne Byron & Esther Green (with one other) - 5th overall out of 20 teams
Pairs A Finals: 1st Derek Sanders (with Stephen Peterkin); 5th David Briggs & David King; 8th Damien Byron (with Martin Craven)
Pairs B Finals: 3rd David Hamilton & Denise King
Swiss Pairs: 1st Sarinder Singh & Ron McCarron; 2nd Veronica Guy & Lucia Barrett; 4th= Tim McKay & Sandy Duncan
CONGRATULATIONS are due to Keith & Ishbel Clark won the SBU Thea Teale Bronze Pairs on Sunday afternoon with a score of 66.96%. The event was played at six venues across Scotland with 89 pairs competing. Katharine Bailey and Amanda Aberdour finished in a creditable sixth place with a score of 60.10% closely followed by Alan Ainslie and David Houston in seventh position with 59.88%.
How about entering a team for our new Freddie Short Teams competition that takes place on Wednesday 11 and Wednesday 18 October? We will also award a trophy, the McGregor Salver, to the highest placed Bronze team. This will be an OPEN competition which means that non-members are welcome to join/form teams provided the team can play on both nights. Players of all standards are welcome to take part.
Ten teams have entered so far - but it is not too late to get an entry in! Please support this new event. You can click HERE to make an entry on-line or sign-up at the club on our notice board.
Click HERE to view the teams entered so far.
CONGRATULATIONS to club members Iain Sime & John Murdoch who won the SBU Stirling Pairs on Saturday with a score of 65.73%. Runners up were club members Robert Clow and Troy Van-de-L'Isle with a score of 61.10% At the half way stage, Robert and Troy were leading the field with a 66% score, narrowly ahead of Iain and John.
Well done to all those that supported a raffle on Thursday night which was in aid of hurricane Irma victims and well done to Denise King for organising this. £254 was raised for this cause.
Members will be saddened to hear that Helen MacNeill passed away last Friday, after a longish illness. Helen had been a member of the club for a very long time and will be much missed by all those who knew her. Her funeral will take place on Friday 22 September at 11 am at Warriston Cemetery.
Congratulations are due to Rose Simpson who has won the East District Faie Rosebowl. She becomes the first player since John MacLaren to retain the trophy.
Congratulations are also due to Amanda Aberdoour who won the East District Bronze1&2 event.
Understanding Cross-IMP Scoring
Most players will be familiar with teams-of-four scoring which uses the graduated International Match Point (IMP) scale to compare their scores with those of their team mates. (See further below for more info on this).
It is possible (with a lot of work) to use this scale for pairs events and this is known as 'Cross-IMP scoring'. This wasn't realistic before the introduction of computer scoring, but this is an easy task for a PC to perform.
To see how this works, take a look at a ficticious traveller below for a six-table event. On that particular board, say you make 10 tricks in a non-vulnerable 3NT contract for which you score 430 on aggregate.
Well, in cross-imp scoring the computer compares your aggregate score in turn to each of the other scores your way, and applies the IMP scale, which is shown further below and can be found at the bottom of any score card.
So, compared to the first other score your way of 400, you gain 1 IMP because the difference is 30 (430 - 400)
This table shows all the comparisons and the resulting IMPs.
The total number of IMPs is divided by 5, as 5 comparisions are made. So on this board you score an average +3 IMPs
This process is repeated for all the boards you play and a grand total of all your averages is produced.
If you play fewer boards than other players your score will be 'factored up' by an appropriate amount. A typical winning score of an evening might well be 46.7 IMPs. Averaging and factoring will almost always produce a non-integer total.
Some info about IMP scoring.
The World Bridge Federation first introduced the IMP scale for teams events in 1961. According to Ewart Kempson and Albert Benjamin (of Benji Acol fame):
'The general effect of the graduated scale is to flatten the value of high scores and to heighten the impact of part scores. The most outstanding effect is to increase the value of a vulnerable game call which scores 10 IMP when the opponents at the other table have stayed out of game, losing only 6 IMP when defeated. Unless the contract is doubled, it pays to attempt vulnerable game calls when the odds are less than evens.'
The above is a quote from 'Tournament Bridge for Everyone' by Kempson and Benjamin, first published in 1963.
The Complete IMP Scale:
We have been using Cross-IMP scoring rather than Aggregate scoring at the club for a few months now so it would seem timely to remind everybody who plays on a Monday night (section B) and a Tuesday evening about the bidding and play tactics at the bridge table when this form of scoring is being used. The following points, which also apply to aggregate scoring and teams events, should be borne in mind.
So why are we using cross-IMP scoring? Well there are several advantages to the club and TDs but the chief one is that we can use a larger variety of movements and drop rounds in order to finish by 10.30. For example, if we get 10 tables we can comfortably play nine three-board rounds rather than attempt ten rounds which would be necessary for aggregate. The only other option that would allow us to use aggregate scoring would be to play ten two-board rounds – nobody wants that surely!
Cross-IMP scoring also works well with half-tables and there is no need to worry about limitations of penalties.
Click HERE to read more and see how an event scored on 10 July using cross-IMPS compares to the same event scored using aggregate.
Congratulations go to David Hamilton and Katharine Bailey who won the Bronze Pairs at the recent Peebles Summer Congress.
Congratulations are also due to Brian Short and Alan Goodman who won the Consolation Pairs at the National Congress in Peebles.
The Annual General Meeting of the club was held on Wednesday 5 July. Please click HERE to read a short report of the meeting and a list of the various prize winners.
Our second summer BBQ turned out to be a great success and we were lucky to have had such a lovely summers day which meant that some could enjoy their food al fresco!
72 people played bridge in the afternoon in two sections with a further 44 staying on for the evenings bridge. Congratulations to Denise King and David Hamilton who won the afternoon pairs with a score of 66.09% and to George Plant and Peter Moss who won the evening event with an impressive score of 72.05%.
Congratulations are due to club members Alan Goodman & Brian Short who were winner of the East District Hunter Cup on Sunday (playing with Sam Punch and Stephen Peterkin) on a split tie with Tim McKay, Robert Clow, Troy Van de L'Isle and Jim Hay. Both teams finished on 210 VPs out of a possible 300 but the winners were decided upon the outcome of the 'head to head' between the two teams.
Congratulations are also due to Liz Young, Rhona Goff, Amanda Aberdour & David Hamilton who were winners of the East District Bronze Team Challenge on Saturday with 94 IMPs, somewhat ahead of Rose Simpson, Brenda Cullen, Rosa Bisset and Jane Harper who finished second on 52 IMPs.
Congratulations are due to Gerald Della-Porter and Tom Bagnall who won our annual John Frame Charity Trophy on Monday 29 May with an impressive score of 61.70 IMPs, well ahed of the runners up David Briggs & David King with 39.6 IMPs and Mike Gallacher & Jim McDowll in third place with 29.60 IMPs. Click HERE for the full set of results.
This was an impressive win for a pair that have never played together before. Gerald used Pianola's 'Partner finder' feature on Sunday evening to see if anybody was available to play and he got a response from Tom. So, if you are looking for a game, but don't have a partner, why not give this a try yourself! It really does work!
As we had twenty tables in play and a raffle and donations we have raised over £600 for Alzheimer Scotland our chosen charity this year. Many thanks to all those that came along to support the event and all those that donated raffle prizes.
CONGRATULATIONS are due to club members Iain Sime, John Matheson and John Murdoch who were part of the winning team that won the main consolation event, the Punchbowl, at the EBU's Spring Foursomes event in Stratford-up-Avon over the bank holiday weekend.
The club held it's 8th annual one-day congress on Sunday 9th April and it was the biggest so far with 31 tables in play in the Congress Pairs and 26 teams taking part in the Swiss event in the evening. A summary of all the various prize winners, along with a collection of photos, can be seen by clicking HERE. A full list of results is shown in the results section of our website.
There will be a Tournament Director’s workshops at the club on Saturday 15 April which will be aimed at club members who would like to learn to be a TD. Existing Melville TDs who want to brush up on their skills or learn a little more are also welcome to attend.
If you are interested, please either sign up on the club notice board or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ian Crorie & Lucia Barrett are offering a set of spring term advanced classes focusing mainly on defence. The classes started on Friday 20 January and are suitable for those who have finished the SBU course and club members as well!
Click HERE to read more information about these classes.
Please support our annual one-day congress on Sunday 9th April.
The congress starts at 1 pm with the Congress Pairs. After supper we have a Swiss Teams event. The congress will finish at about 9.00 pm.
There are cash prizes and Master Points available.
Click HERE for full details and an entry form.
Or click HERE to make an on-line entry.
CONGRATULATIONS go to club members David Hamilton and Amanda Aberdour who won the West District Bronze Congress Pairs last weekend.
CONGRATULATIONS are also due to Katharine Bailey, Jenny Middleton, Marina Evans and Robert Waugh who won the Bronze Congress Teams.
Club members Robert Clow and Tim McKay were runners up in the main Congress Pairs at the same event.
CONGRATULATIONS go to Alan Goodman and Anne Perkins who won the club's two-week Westchester Mixed Pairs tournament on Wednesday evening with a score of 59.35% just one match point ahead of Liz McGowan and Tim McKay on 59.22%
CONGRATULATIONS are due to Iain Sime and John Matheson who won the SBU Men's Pairs competetion in Dundee on Saturday 25 February with a score of 61.83% Iain was also part of the winning team in the SBU Mens' Teams competition which was held on Sunday 26 February. The other team members were John Murdoch, Brian Short & Alan Goodman. They scored 189 out of a possible 300 VPs. Congratulations to them all.
Congratulations are due to Fiona McQuaker, Judith Louch, Veronica Guy, Carolyn Peploe and Iain Sime who beat Derek Sanders team on Wednesday night in the final of the Manson Cup, the club's premier teams event which is played for over four weeks.
Congratulations also are due to Lucia Barrett, Fiona Lawson, Julia Palmer, Jane Stephenson and Anne Perkins who won the Westchester Shield.
Well done to Laura Middleton and all her helpers who raised over £2,300 for the Maggies Centre on Thursday 16 February at the club. 128 people came along to a fun bridge event with raffle prizes and excellent cakes! It was great to see the club looking so full!
CONGRATULATIONS go to George Plant and Veronica Guy who won the Scottish Mixed Pairs championship in Glasgow over the weekend. They scored 118 out of a possible 160 VPs, 7 ahead of Ying Piper & Sandy Duncan who is also a club member.
CONGRATULATIONS are also due to Liz McGowan and David Liggat who were half of the winning team in the Scottish Mixed Teams championship on Sunday. They scored 97 out of a possible 120 VPs, winning all their matches.
86 members of the club attended the Club's annual Christmas Party on 22 December. The evening started with a drinks reception in the social area followed by a superb meal that met with universal praise! We even managed 12 hands of bridge with prizes going to the winners and runners up for both North/South and East/West.
Shown in the photos above alongside our club Chairman Jeff Bond who presented the prizes are:
Jeff Bond, John Cowan, David & Denise King - (third equal with)
Jim Hay, Andy Philip, Roy Bennett & Harry Smith
Congratulations to all of the above prize winners.
38 pairs took part in the Swiss Pairs tournament on Wednesday 28 December and 18 teams took part in the Swiss Teams tournament the following day.
A full set of results for both competetions is available in our results section.
The New Melville is holding it's fifth annual Christmas Bridge Congress at the club between Christmas and New Year on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th December. We hope to run a Swiss Pairs event on the Wednesday and a Swiss Teams event on the Thursday. Both events start at 1.30 pm and will finish at about 8.30 pm with a break for a meal half way through. Prizes will be awarded in the Silver and Bronze categories as well as to the winners.
You can download an application form by clicking HERE or pick up a paper copy at the club.
Tickets are now on sale for the Christmas Party, which is being held at the club on Thursday 22 December at 6.30 for 7.00pm. They cost £25 per person and this includes a drink on arrival, a three course served meal with wine included plus coffee (or tea) and mince pies to finish.
Please ask at the office for a ticket where you will be ask to pre-order your menu choices choices. You may pay in cash or by using your swipe card.
Click HERE to see the menu.
We are using the same caterer that provided our canapes at the extension opening so the food promises to be very good!
CONGRATULATIONS are due to club members Iain Sime and John Matheson on winning the Swiss Pairs at the SBU Winter Congress in Peebles last weekend with 125 VPs out of a possible 160. They were narrowlay ahead of another club member Laura Middleton in second place on 123 VPs with Mike Ash finishing third.
CONGRATULATIONS are also due to club member Derek Sanders who was part of the winning team in the Swiss Teams competition at the same congress.
CONGRATULATIONS go to Stewart Morris, David Hamilton, Tim Lambert and Robert Thornton who won the Big Bronze Swiss Teams event on Sunday 27 November with a score of 89 VPs out of a possible 120. They also collected the prize for the best Bronze 3 team.
Twenty two teams took part in the event which was enjoyed by all those that attended. We hope to make this an annual event.
The winners of the Bronze 1 prize were Rosemary Harthill, Alan Sayle, Rosemary Braid and Christine McLaren
The winners of the Bronze 2 prize were Katharine Bailey, Marina Evans, Sarah Gunn and Denise King
The winners of the Bronze 4 prize were Linda Roy, Bob Morris, Geraldine Girvan and Maurice Brady
Apologies for the lack of prize winner photos. Unfortunately those taken were out of focus and therefore unuseable.
We are holding a brand new event on Sunday 27 November aimed at Bronze level players only. It is an open 'Swiss Teams' event which means that it is not restricted to club members. There are BIG PRIZES and master points (probably at a higher rate than club points) at stake. For full details and an on-line entry please use the links provided below.
Click here to view current entries
Please Note that On-Line entries are now closed. Late entries will only be accepted if we get two teams entering as we have an even number of teams at this stage. Please email email@example.com to enquire.
Click here for the rules
Click here for the event poster
On Friday 7 October the Chairman of the Club, Jeff Bond, invited Margaret Archibald to open our fabulous new extension which will provide an improved playing facility for league matches as well as opening up the main room for congresses and national events. Over sixty members attended the opening and Margaret, who is one of the longest serving members of the club, delighted everybody by making a short speech.
CONGRATULATIONS go to club members Julia Palmer, Jake Corry & Lucia Barrett who won the Scottish Mixed teams at the weekend with Jim Hay as the fourth member of the team.
This years's Manson Cup was won by Brian Short, Alan Goodman, Mike Ash and Alex Adamson. The Westchester Shield was won by Liz McGowan, David Liggat, John Hamilton and Dave Sharp. Congratulations to both teams.
CONGRATULATIONS to Veronica Guy and Fiona Greenwood who won the SBU Womens Pairs at the wekend in Perth.
CONGRATULATIONS to Tim McKay who was part of the winning mens team in Dundee at the weekend.
Congratulations to club members John Murdoch, Brian Short & Alan Goodman who have been selected for the Teltscher Senior Camrose team on the weekend of May 20 - 22 and to Iain Sime, John Matheson & John Murdoch who have been selected for the Senior Team for the Europeans in Budapest at the end of June.
CONGRATULATIONS go to Laura Middleton who, partnering Derrick Peden, won the the pairs tournament at the West District Congress last weekend. Stewart Morris & Tim Lambert were the best Bronze 2 pair in the same event.
CONGRATULATIONS to Amanda Aberdour, Tim Lambert, David Hamilton, Ed Meachem, Fred Namdaran & Robert Thornton on winning this years Pinkhill Trophy with a total of 53 IMPs.
The Ronaldson Bowl 2016 has been won by Iain Sime's team which included John Murdoch, Troy van-de-L'Isle, Jake Corry, Dougie Munroe and Julia Palmer with a score of 88VPs, well ahead of Derek Sanders team with 64. Click on this article to see the final table.
Twenty two teams competed in our annual Spring Congress on Sunday 10 April. Two teams tied for first place on 62 VPs. The two teams, pictured above were;
Derek Sanders, John Murdoch, Stephen Peterkin & Sam Punch
Norman & Betty Morrison, Jean Mole & Reg Drysdale pictured with club chairman Jeff Bond.
CONGRATULATIONS go to the following New Melville members who were successful in various events at the weekend. These were:
Liz McGowan for winning the Benjamin Trophy for Grand Masters (Individual) at the Carlton Bridge Club on Saturday.
Anne Perkins for winning the Harrison Trophy for Life Masters (Individual), also at the Carlton Bridge Club on Saturday.
Brian Short & Alan Goodman for winning the National Pairs final held at the New Melville on Sunday.
Alison Mutch & Pauline Waugh for winning the Kennedy Trophy, also held at the New Melville on Sunday.
CONGRATULATIONS go to Iain Sime and Fiona McQuaker who won the Scottish Swiss Pairs on Sunday at Prestwick with an impressive score of 110 VPs out of a possible 140 (78.6%)!
The Carlton Bridge Club beat the New Melville in the end of season friendly match between the two clubs with a score of +6160. The leading NS and EW scores for each club were as follows.
NS Melville - John Hamilton & Dave Sharp +5430
EW Melville - Iain Sime & Fiona McQuaker -2080
NS Carlton - Veronica Guy & Carolyn Peploe +4430
EW Carlton - Geoff Bailey & Elizabeth Peckham -1250
Thanks to everybody that took part.
The combined results of the three centres that took part (Manchester, York and Edinburgh) can be seen by clicking on this article. Congratulations to Keith & Ishbel Clark who finished third overall out of the 86 pairs that took part. Congratulations also to Christine Anderson & Jim Williams for winning our local heat.
At the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 15 June a former chairman of the club, David Briggs, was conferred as an Honorary Life Member. David, who served twice as chairman during his two stints on the Board, has worked tirelessly over the past few years in promoting and building up our Melville Bridge Academy. The Academy now boasts about 130 students each year and over the past few years the club has reaped the reward with more and more students progressing on to become full members of the club. David has also built up our Thursday ‘No Fears’ group from its early beginnings of one or two tables to arguably our busiest night with tournaments that regularly have sixteen tables in play. Congratulations David.
Photographs of the various winners of this years trophies, taken at the AGM, can be seen in the 'Club Competition Results' section of the website.
Congratulations go to club members Olivia Bailey and Jun Nakamuru-Pinder who have won a GOLD MEDAL at the 13th European Youth Bridge Pairs Championships at the Liepajas Olympic Centre, Latvia.
As far as we can tell, this is the first time a British pair has won a youth pairs Gold medal and it is a simply stunning achievement by the two young players. Certainly no others have ever won a Gold medal representing Scotland at the European or World level.
Read more and watch a video on Paul Gipson's 'Beer Card' blog - click on this link.
A reminder to all members that subscriptions for the 2016/2107 are now due. The rate is unchanged at £45 for the year. If you pay your SBU sub through the club then a further £7 should be added to your remittance.
Congratulations to Brian Short & Alan Goodman who have won this year's Calvert Cup with an average score 67.19%. The runners up were David Liggatt and Liz McGowan with 60.27%
Congrtatulations to Kairen Bergius & Amanda Aberdour who have won this year's Pinkhill Pairs Trophy with an average score or 58.93%. Runners up were David Hamilton & Tim Lambert who scored 58.04%.
Scotland's womens team, that includes club members Liz McGowan and Fiona McQuaker, have reached the semi-finals of the World Bridge Games which is being played in Wroclaw, Poland. Well done to all the players! Their next match will be against France which is played over two days and 96 boarrds.
Sadly the team lost narrowly to France in a tight match that changed hands on several occasions.
The annual start of the season friendly match between the men and the women took place on Wednesday 7 September. 24 pairs took part comprising 11 pairs of men and 13 pairs of women with one women's pair playing for the men's team. The men's team came out the victors winning by 3780.
A General Meeting is to be held at the club on Monday 29th February at 6:00 pm. Click on this article to read or print the formal notice describing the purposes of the meeting. Page 2 of the notice is a proxy voting form for those who can't attend the meeting.
Congratulations go to the winning team of Derek Sanders, Stephen Peterkin, Alan Goodman and Tim McKay at this year's Christmas Congress. They won by 9 VPs over Harry Smith's team who were in second place.
Congratulations are also due to Liz McGowan and David Liggat who won the Swiss Pairs at the congress on Sunday Evening. They were six VPs ahead of John Hamilton and Kirsty Goodman & Iain Sime and John Murdoch who were joint runners up.
On Thursday 17 December the New Melville held one of its biggest ever Christmas Parties with 96 people playing bridge after the meal. A big thank you to all those that helped to make this such a success, especially Pat Walkingshaw who organised the food and cocktails and who has made the club look really great with the tree and decorations. Rose Simpson should also be congratulated on her magnificent Canapes.
There are more pictures available for viewing in the Photo Gallery.
CONGRATULATIONS to Brian Short's team on winning the Scottish Cup at the weekend in Peebles. Dave Walker, John Matheson and Les Steel were members of the team. This was John Matheson's sixteenth win in this event, a new record!
CONGRATULATIONS are also due to Fiona McQuaker, Liz McGowan and David Liggat who were members of the winning Scottish Cup Plate team (along with Roy Bennett).
There were a number of successes for club members who played at the SBU National Winter Congress in Peebles between 11th and 14th December. Congratulations to them all. The highlights were:
Open Teams of Four Winners: Iain Sime, John Matheson, Mike Ash (with Chris Chambers)
Swiss Pairs Winners: Robert Clow & Tim KcKay
Swiss Teams Winners: Liz McGowan & David Liggat (playing with Nigel Guthrie & Jim Forsyth)
CONGRATULATIONS go to club members Mike Ash and Laura Middleton who won the East District's mixed pairs McGregor Cup which was played at the New Melville on Friday night, with a score of 58.52%. They were narrowly ahead of the runners up Julia Palmer and Derrick Peden who had a score of 58.38%.
CONGRATULATIONS go to club members Brian Short, Alan Goodman and Derek Sanders who were part of the winning National League Team at the weekend. As a result Brian and Alan will represent Scotland in the first round of the Camrose home internationals next January with Derek acting as non-playing captain.
Click here to see the overall result of the Edinburgh Congress Trophy.
CONGRATULATIONS go to club members Iain Sime and Fiona McQuaker who have won the East District Simultaneous pairs with a score of +89.19 Butler IMPS.
CONGRATULATIONS go to George Plant who won the McEwan Cup Individual tournament with a score of 65.63% at the New Melville on Wednesday night.Thirteen players took part.
CONGRATULATIONS also go to Robert Thornton who won the No Fears Individual tournament with a score of 66.67%. Sixteen players took part.
CONGRATULATIONS to club members Iain Sime and John Murdoch who were members of the winning team at last weekend's SBU congress in Peebles. Iain was also runner up in the Swiss Pairs on the Sunday partnering club member Troy Van de Lisle.
From Monday 5th October we will be asking members to pay for their bridge and refreshments using a Club Swipe Card. These are now available for all members from the office. Please click on this article to read the full details of this new initiative and how it is of benefit to the members and the club.
Starting this Wednesday the club is organising a new weekly 'Ranked Pairs Tournament' which is aimed at the average club player who does not wish to compete against the club's top players in the cut and thrust of our traditional competitions. It is aimed primarily at members who have an SBU ranking between Club Master and *Master. Members who are Scottish Masters and above will not be permitted to play. The best thing is that you can come along without a partner and we will fix you up with one!
For further details, click on this article.
CONGRATULATIONS go to club members Julia Palmer and Jane Stephenson who won the Dunbar Congress Pairs on Sunday 27 September. Also congratulations go to club members Fiona Greenwood and Veronica Guy who were part of the winning team at the same congress.
CONGRATULATIONS to Robert Thornton and Tim Lambert who have won this year's Pinkhill Pairs Trophy with an average score of 57.3%.
CONGRATULATIONS also to Liz McGowan and David Liggat who have won this year's Calvert Cup with an average score of 59.45%. Iain Sime and Fiona McQuaker have won the Hamilton Trophy for the highest single score over the three nights (other than that of the winners).
CONGRATULATIONS to club members Brian Short and Fiona McQuaker who successfully defended their Stirling Pairs title at the weekend with a score of 61.71%. They were 1.2% clear of their nearest rivals Paul Maiolani & Jim Mcmenemy. Iain Sime playing with John Murdoch finished fourth. 58 pairs took part in the event.
CONGRATULATIONS to Donald Fraser who has won this year's Accumulator ahead of John Hamilton in second place and Troy van de L'Isle and Julia Palmer tied for third. For the full set of results click on 'Club Competition Results' in the main menu.
Our calendar for the new season will be available at the club in the usual printed format towards the end of the month. However, for those of you who wish to plan ahead a PDF version can be downloaded by clicking on this article.
The New Melville helds its first ever summer BBQ on Saturday 8 August and it was heralded a great success by all those that attended. In the afternoon we had thirteen tables playing in two sections and this was followed by some great food and drink that was expertly prepared by our in-house team of volunteers. The weather was kind and some even managed to sit outside to eat their food. The evening bridge session was also well attended with ten tables, again playing in two sections. One suspects the standard of bidding and play during the evening did not quite match that of the afternoon!!
A special word of thanks must go to Pat Walkingshaw, Rose Simpson and Elaine Greenslade who bought, prepared and served all the food and drinks ably assisted by Peter Bowbrick and David Land. Thanks must also go to all those that helped in the clearing up throughout the course of the afternoon and evening.
The club will no doubt repeat this exercise next year when perhaps with even more advance notice more people might be able to attend.
More photos can be seen in our photo gallery.
Mike Ash is holding a series of
on the 'bidding battleground in bridge'. Click on this article for full details.
In recognition of the enormous success of the club's move to Pinkhill two years ago our club chairman Alan Goodman, who stood down from the Board of Directors at last night's Annual General Meeting, was awarded an Honorary Life Membership of the New Melville Bridge Club. Alan oversaw and masterminded the whole process, leading a small team of people whose first job was to convince the members that it was no longer viable to stay at Grosvenor Crescent. It was a remarkable achievement to have done this, sold up the old property and found our fabulous new home all within the space of eighteen months. Over his period of tenure and in particular since we moved to Pinkhill the club's membership has grown by over 50% and now stands at 351 members, an eight year high. The club's future and prosperity now seems secure. Congratulations Alan, a job very well done!
Changes to Thursday evenings!
With the growth in the Thursday evening 'No Fears' game, it has been decided to split it into two separate games, starting on 7th May.
One game will be called 'Thursday Pairs', and is aimed at people who are more than a year beyond the basic SBU course of lessons. This tournament, which is match pointed, will also appeal to Club members who would like a relaxed game!
The second tournament will retain the 'No Fears' title, and is aimed at those who are still doing the SBU course, or have recently finished it. This game will be a bit slower than the other one, with opportunity for help and advice!
So there is something for everyone on Thursdays!
The annual match between the Melville and the Carlton took place on Wednesday 6 May resulting in a win for the Melville by approximately 1800. The final score was not completely reconciled between the two clubs but both team captains agreed that the Melville had won. This would seem to be three years in a row that the Melville has triumphed! Well done to everybody concerned! For a list of all the scores click on this article.
The New Melville held a very successful congress on Sunday 19 April. 58 pairs took part in the afternoon and 26 teams competed in the Swiss event during the evening. The photo above shows the pairs winners Archie Leith and Diana Drysdale receiving their prize from the president of the SBU Russell Frame.
Click on this article to see more photos and results.
We are looking for sixteen pairs to represent the Melville at this annual end of season ‘friendly’ match between the two clubs which this year is being held at the Carlton on Wednesday 6 May. This event is not aimed solely at the club’s top players. Experienced tournament players with a range of abilities are invited to put their names up as there will be four bands of players pitted against players of similar abilities from the Carlton.
Please sign up on the club's notice board if you are able to play or email the manager if you are not at the club in the next couple of weeks.
CONGRATULATIONS go to the following Academy members who did well in the Hugh Kelsey competition for novice players. About 180 pairs across Scotland took part.
In third place was Sheila Cochrane & Kay Wright with 66.86%
In eighth place was Ken McKenna & Bob Edwards with 64.39%
In tenth place was Hazel Murray and Frank Allmark with 64.10%
CONGRATULATIONS go to John Hamilton, Mike Smith, Liz McGowan, David Liggat and Reg & Diana Drysdale who have won this year's Ronaldson Bowl with 51 VPs two ahead of the Adamsons, Ash, Goodman, Greenwood and Matheson who scored 49 VPs.
CONGRATULATIONS also go to Elspeth Burnside, Ian Fraser, Sheila Cochrane and Ann Shepherd who have won this years's Pinkhill Trophy which is a teams event for players below the rank of District Master. They were 25 IMPs ahead of the second placed team scoring a total of 92 IMPs.
Why not come along to the third in our series of Master Classes on Wednesday 8 April at 7.00 pm
The topic will be Slam Bidding including the use of methods such as ‘Splinters’ and ‘Jacoby’.
This is aimed at experienced club players.
The format will be:
Please sign up on the club notice board if you would like to take part.
Congratulations to Mike Ash and Laura Middleton who won this years Westchester Mixed Pairs. Fiona McQuaker and Iain Sime were runners up with Brian Short and Fiona Greenwood in third place.
Click on this article to see the full result.
CONGRATULATIONS to Iain Sime's team on winning the Purves Clock 2015. Team members included Jun Nakamu-Pinder, Fiona McQuaker and Sheila Adamson.
Click on this article to see the table of results.
Click on this news item to see the combined Manson Cup Qualifier Page.
CONGRATULATIONS go to Brian Short's team which won the prestigious Scottish Cup on Sunday. Team members included Dave Walker, John Matheson and Les Steel.
After three rounds of the Purves Clock Iain Sime's team is in Pole position to win. With just one round to go next month and the best three results counting, Iain's team is going to be hard to beat!
Click on this article to see the current standings.
CONGRATULATIONS to club members Alan Goodman, Brian Short and John Matheson who along with Les Steel won the Winter Foursomes in Falkirk at the weekend. Derek Sanders and Iain Sime won the Subsidiary Event playing with John Murdoch and Stephen Peterkin.
The Christmas Congress in full swing on Saturday 27 December with 36 pairs competing in the Swiss Pairs. Congratulations to Iain Sime and John Murdoch who were the winners with Heather and Peter Braid being the runners up.
The Congress Teams had three joint winners! See the results page for full details.
Please note that Bridge on Tuesday mornings is suspended until further notice. We may start it again at a different time later in January. An announcement will be made on the website and by email to members.
On Wednesday 10th December at 7.00 pm John Matheson is holding the first of our 'Master Classes'. His theme will be 'Benchmarks'. The evening consists of a talk by John on this topic followed by a play session of specially prepared hands to illustrate the points with a discussion after the play is over. About sixteen hands will be played.
Please sign up at the club if you intend coming.
If you played in one of the club's heats of the National Pairs qualifiers click on this article to see if you qualified for the next round on Saturday 31st January at the Carlton Bridge Club.
Members of the club will be saddened to hear of the death of John McWhinney who passed away last night in his sleep. It is believed that John suffered another seizure. Our thoughts and sympathies go to his wife Bron who is also a member of the club. She and John enjoyed a very long and successful bridge partnership as well as being a devoted couple.
CONGRATULATIONS to our club chairman Alan Goodman who won the SBU's Arthur Trophy for Grandmasters at the weekend. Alan was partnered by Anne Symons. The tournament took place at the Melville alongside other ranked masters pairs on Sunday afternoon and evening.
CONGRATULATIONS also to Lucia Barrett and Andy Jamieson who won the Fairlie Pairs for Scottish and National Masters which was played alongside the Arthur at the club on Sunday.
CONGRATULATIONS also to Anne Young and Alex Sutherland who won the Johnston Pairs for District Masters. This was played at the Melville on the same Sunday and Simultaneously at other venues.
CONGRATULATIONS to Tim McKay who won the Club's annual individual contest, the McEwan Cup, on Wednesday evening with a score of 62.92%. This year twenty members competed for the trophy.
The New Melville hosted a Macmillan – World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event, on Wednesday October 15th 2014
Thanks to everyone who supported this in some way.
The event has raised the fabulous sum of £1480 for Macmillan!
Anne, Pat, Denise
CONGRATULATIONS go to the following club members who were successful last weekend at the SBU National Congress in Peebles.
Jake Corry playing with Yvonnne Wiseman won the Pairs A Final. Liz Mcgowan and David Liggat were runners up.
Brian Short and Sandy Duncan won the Swiss Pairs.
John Matheson was part of the winning Teams A Final.
Derek Sanders, Jack Paterson, Deirdre Sanders, Jeff Bond & Katherine Dempsie won the Teams B Final.
Congratulations go to club members Brian Short and Fiona McQuaker who won the SBU's Stirling Pairs which was played at the New Melville on Saturday. Club member Iain Sime playing with John Murdoch was runner up.
The annual start of the season friendly match between the men and the women took place on Wednesday 10 September with fourteen tables competing.
Overall the men came out the victors with a score of +3900.
This year for the first time, there were four tables of 'No Fears' players competing in their own sub-section, playing 20 of the 25 boards. The No Fears women did particularly well in winning both the NS and EW prizes in the overall field.
Click on this article to see the full table of results.
CONGRATULATIONS to David King who has won this years Accumulator finishing narrowly ahead of runners up Troy van-de-L'Isle and Judith Louch.
The full table of results is shown on the Accumulator page (see menu). As you will see, David played on all sixteen occasions and was the only person to do so. So it pays to play as often as possible!
CONGRATULATIONS to New Melville Bridge Club members Alan Goodman, Brian Short, Alex Adamson and Sheila Adamson who retained the Clarendon Bowl (an invitation teams of four for Scottish bridge clubs) on Sunday 31 August in Dundee.
The club calandar for the 2014 - 2015 seson is now available to members as a printed folded card. This year's version will fit inside a diary. Members can collect theirs next time they visit the club.
Bridge novices enjoying a gentle teams game in the warm July sunshine in the car park under the watchful eye of Assistant Club Manager Anne Perkins.
CONGRATULATIONS to club member Veronica Guy who, partnering Sheina Lang won the Pairs Final at the Central District Congress in Montrose at the weekend. Veronica met with more success in the Teams Final winning that event with the same partner and club member Rona Moss who was playing with Pam Leith.
CONGRATULATIONS also to club member Derek Sanders who won the Brighton Bowl at the weekend playing with T Rees, S Punch and S Peterkin beating 103 other teams at the Brighton Summer Meeting.
At the AGM in June it was suggested that the use of symbols (♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ ) for suits was hard to read and that S for Spades and H for Hearts etc would be easier. This change was implemented a few weeks ago.
Congratulations to the following club members who were successful at the Peebles Congress held on the weekend of 11/13 July.
The Congress Pairs was won by John Hamilton (playing with Russell Frame)
The Congress Teams was won by Deirdre Sanders, Jeff Bond and Derek Sanders (playing with Stephen Peterkin) as pictured above.
The Congress Consolation Teams won by John Hamilton, Russell Frame, Mike Ash & Sandy Duncan
Printing Master Point Certificates is a thing of the past!
From Monday 7 July all Master Points won by SBU members who play at the New Melville will be directly credited to members SBU accounts. They will no longer be printed out.
Printed Master Points won up to and including Friday 4 July will be available from the filing cabinet in the cloakroom where members can collect them as usual in order that they can send them to the SBU Master Points secretary.
These printed certificates will be kept for three years whereupon they will be destroyed as they will no longer be valid. It would be helpful if as many members as possible would collect these certificates in the near future.
All SBU members will be able to check on-line their Master Point holding using MEMPAD. Visit the website at: http://www.mempad.co.uk/ where you can log in. There are instructions for first time users on the site.
Is is now more important than ever that SBU numbers are entered correctly on the Bridgemates. Members should check that their names show up on the Bridgemate screens at the start of each round. If not, then the TD should be informed so that this can be corrected.
Correcting mistakes after the electronic submission has taken place will be much harder.
Congratulations to the Orion league team who beat Pied Pipers on Tuesday to win the East District Knock-out Cup.
The Scores were: Orion 23,180 Pied Pipers 21,530 so Orion did not need their handicap of 3,200 in order to win!
The team members for the final were: Marjorie Gibbens & Sheila MacKay, Mary & Andrew Grant, Rita Stockdale & Rita Chester, Rose Simpson & Brenda Cullen. Moyra Forrest, Pat Ransley, Elaine Greenslade and Isobel Jones played in earlier rounds.
All of the above are members of the New Melville!
The New Melville Bridge Club was sad to announce that former Chairman Gloria Stuart passed away on Friday 20 June. Gloria had been suffering with Leukemia for some time and was recently moved to a Marie Curie hospice where she spent four days and died peacefully.
A service to commemorate Gloria's life was held at Teviot Row House in Edinburgh on Saturday 28 June.
At Gloria's request, donations to Marie Curie or Macmillan Nurses.
European Teams Championships in Opatija, Croatia
22nd June - 1st July
Eight members of the Melville Bridge Club are representing Scotland in the European Championships which takes place in Croatia between the 22nd June and the 1st July. Two are playing in the Open Team, three in the Women's Team and three are playing for the Senior's Team. Full details are below.
The Club members are –
Seniors – Iain Sime (with John Murdoch), Alan Goodman & Brian Short, (Danny Kane & Irving Gordon) – NPC Tony Wilkinson
Women – Liz McGowan (with Sam Punch), Sheila Adamson (with Anne Symons), Fiona McQuaker (with Yvonne Wiseman) – NPC Harry Smith
Open – Mike Ash (with Frazer Morgan), (Alex Wilkinson & Phil Stephens), Paul Barton (with Brian Spears) – NPC Sandy Duncan
The official web site of the competition which will include results is at http://www.eurobridge.org/52nd-ebl-team-championships.aspx
Follow Harry Smith's blog on: http://scottishbridgeinternational.co.uk/
For a pre-tournament form guide see the June 11th entry on Paul Gipson's excellent blog at http://thebeercard.blogspot.co.uk/.. He will be providing regular comments as the action unfolds.
Results and information are also available at:
Club members Iain Sime and John Matheson won the Scottish Swiss Pairs in Irvine on Sunday 18 May with an impressive score of 113 VPs out of a possible 140 (81%). Mike Ash and Alex Adamson were second with 103 VPs and David Weir partnering Douglas Mitchell were third on 102.
Congratulations go to club members Alan Goodman and Brian Short who along with Anne Symons and Paul Gipson won the Atholl Cup. Runners up were Iain Sime, Patrick Home, Simon Gillam and Jun Nakamaru-Pinder.
The annual match between the New Melville Bridge Club and the Carlton Bridge Club took place on Wednesday 7 May at the New Melville. Sixteen pairs for each club competed in this aggregate event.
The New Melville Club came out the winners with a net aggregate score of 5130.
The Club held its fourth annual Spring congress on Saturday 26th April. This year 56 pairs were entered for the handicapped pairs in the afternoon and twenty four teams entered the Swiss teams in the evening. The pairs event was won by Dilys Gellatly and Marjorie Murray who were almost 3% ahead of their nearest rivals David Weir & Douglas Mitchell.
The winning team consisted of Jake Corry, Danny Hamilton, Martin Stephens & John Faben who finished with an impressive 72 VPs out of 80 i.e. a 90% score! Only one team out of four, namely Peter & Heather Braid and Irene Sime & David Kaye managed to get any VPs out of them at all otherwise they would have been heading for a 100% win, which is almost unheard of.
For a full list of all the congress scores click on our results section.
Many thanks should go to our Congress Convenor David Briggs, our Tournament Director Bob McPaul and Anne Perkins who not only prepared all the pre-dealt boards but also organised the catering arrangements.
A good time was had by all and we look forward to running a similar event this time next year. Of course we will also be holding our usual Christmas congress in December.