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McGregor Cup

The McGregor Cup for mixed pairs took place on Friday 29th November at the New Melville.

Congratulations to Laura Middleton & Mike Ash, who won the event with 58.52% from Julia Palmer & Derrick Peden (58.38%)

McGregor Cup results on the Melville site.

Bronze 1 winners were Amanda Aberdour & Tim Lambert (4th overall).

Bronze 3 winners were Denise & David King & David King (and third overall).

No Bronze 2 pairs were playing.

Joan Forsyth & Graham Bullock won the Silver prize, and were 6th overall.

The raffle raised £111 to support our second Junior Camrose team.

Other News

The Winter Celtic Simultaneous Pairs: 30 November-4 December 2015

It is Scotland’s turn to host these: they are the main source of funding for our international teams, particularly our Juniors. Please support them – you have to pay a little extra but there is a chance to win National points and worldwide fame! The following clubs in the District have contacted Liz to say they are running heats: guests will be welcome and you can play as often as you like:

Monday 30 November

Tryst, Jedburgh (?), Longniddry

Tuesday 1 December


Wednesday 2 December

Kelso, New Melville, Marmion

Thursday 3 December

Carlton (afternoon), Dunbar, Peebles

Are there any more clubs out there that intend to run a heat and have not told us? If so, please contact NOW.

Melville Congress

The Melville Christmas Congress will take place on Sunday 27th December, with Swiss Pairs starting at 1.30 pm, and Monday 28th December – Swiss Teams starting at 1.30 pm. Buffet suppers are available on both days.

Entry forms can be downloaded from the clubs website or entries can be submitted by email to .

Final Cowan heat

Dunbar are running a heat of the Cowan Cup on Sunday January 17th 12.45 for a 1pm start – tea, coffee & snacks available from 12.45.

International Bridge comes to Edinburgh

The Holiday Inn across the road from the New Melville BC will play host to two international events this season, which all are welome to attend as spectators (or helpers, please!)

The Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer Trophy (for Under 20s) run 19/20 February 2016, and the Senior Camrose from 20-22 May 2016.

Better Behaviour at Bridge

It’s time to be nice!

SBU Rankings change

At its meeting on 25th August 2015 the SBU Council agreed by majority vote to implement an amended structure of ranking, as it pertains to the Bronze/Silver/Gold categorisation.

Since a large majority of SBU members is classified as being in the Bronze category, the Council wishes to encourage them to participate in events where prizes are awarded on a more specific basis than currently. Thus Bronze is now divided into sub-categories of Bronze 1, 2 and 3.

Please be aware that this does not affect Master Point allocation. Master Points are only awarded across a total field, not by category or class of player within. Clubs and Districts are encouraged to consider this new categorisation within their competition activities. Here is the new table for SBU rankings, effective 1st September 2015. William Whyte, SBU Member Services

Summarising, the new Bronze-1 category covers up to Local Masters, Bronze-2 caters for District Masters, while Bronze-3 covers all Masters and Senior Masters i.e. everyone else below the rank of Scottish Master.

We are trying where possible to run parallel No Fears tournaments for the less experienced players, e.g. the Watson, Faie and Hunter — please keep a check on the website or in your own club for more information as events approach.

Please note that from now on we will be referring to BRONZE 1 events rather than "No Fear", and also BRONZE 2 events in preference to "Next Step".

Results Board

ED Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Neil Macpherson & Linda Delworth, who (as a Bronze 3 pair) won a very close East District Swiss Pairs tournament at the Carlton Bridge Centre on Sunday 22nd November. Only 1VP between each of the top 3 pairs.

Here are the Swiss Pairs ranks, and the detailed results.

Bronze 1 champs were Janet Unsworth & Alison Littleboy.

Bronze 2 top dogs were Anne Young & Norrie O’Neill.

The Bronze 3 winners were Hazel Brown & Graham Dempsey.

Silver won by Jeff Bond & Damien Byron.

Runners up overall, and top Gold pair, were Malcolm McCardle & Graham Fisher.

Atholl Cup Latest

Wins to report for McQuaker against Kirkwood, McGowan (over Smith) and Goodman (w/o against Peden).

Here is the full draw sheet …, and the Quarter Final lineup is now complete:

  1. McQuaker v Thomson
  2. McGowan v Williams
  3. Goodman v Sime
  4. Chambers v Morrison

Edinburgh Congress Trophy

Congratulations to Malcolm Cuthbertson, Douglas Piper, Derek Sanders and Stephen Peterkin — winners of the Edinburgh Congress Trophy for teams over two nights at the Melville recently. The full results are on the Melville web site. The winners go on to represent the East District in the Rayne Cup Final.

ED Sim Pairs

The ED Sim Pairs has been won by Iain Sime & Fiona McQuaker, from the New Melville heat (+89.19 Butler IMPs).

Runners up are Jim Dodds & David Dodds (+80.0) from Dunfermline, with the Melville supplying the 3rd pair in Tim McKay and Robert Clow (+61.19). Fourth were Brian Thomas & George Martin (Berwick, +58.67) and fifth Hasan and Julie Choudhury (+54.96), also from the Melville heat.

Here are the final Sim Pairs results.

Older Results

Details from earlier this season.

Coming Soon in the East District

Today is Monday 30 November 2015

  • 01/12 Winter Celtic Sim Pairs (Berwick)
  • 02/12 Winter Celtic Sim Pairs (Kelso/Melville/Marmion)
  • 03/12 Winter Celtic Sim Pairs (Carlton 13:30)
  • 03/12 Winter Celtic Sim Pairs (Dunbar/Peebles)
  • 27/12 Melville Congress Swiss Pairs (Melville 13:30)
  • 28/12 Melville Congress Swiss Teams (Melville 13:30)
  • 17/01 Cowan Cup Pairs Championship (heat) (Dunbar 13:00)
  • 06/02 Bronze 1 & 2 Pairs (formerly NF/NS) (Carlton 13:00)
  • 07/02 Cowan Cup Pairs Championship Final (Carlton 13:00)
  • 19/02 Jun. Camrose & Peggy Bayer @Hol. Inn (Edinburgh)
  • 20/02 Jun. Camrose & Peggy Bayer @Hol. Inn (Edinburgh)
  • 05/03 Allan Flitch (married couples pairs) (Melville 18:00)
  • 29/03 Freddie Short Quaich (senior pairs) (Carlton 13:00)

Full district (and other) calendars

ED Tournaments 2015-16

East District League & Cup

Updated 25 November 2015

League wins score 3-0 except * 2-1
AMPs shown in brackets for league matches. Newly submitted results should appear futher down this column.

24/11 D1 Nomads 9520 49ers 14800 (11)
23/11 D2 Scramblers 13660 Livingston 11540 (7)
23/11 C2 Carlton Connection 18670 Skateraw 17230
19/11 D1 Falkirk B 16290 Craigleith 19150 (7)
19/11 D1 Phoenix 14260 Nomads 11350 (8)
19/11 D4 Brave Knaves 10640 Unusual Suspects 9990 (4)
19/11 D4 Jethart 12590 Acolytes 13720 (5)
19/11 D5 Notsimoc 13500 Diamonds 14280 (3)

Results | Tables | Next matches | Submit result

Current League Leaders:
Div 1: 49ers
Div 2: Scramblers
Div 3: Falcon
Div 4: Unusual Suspects
Div 5: Melbas

MacLaren Cup page, MacLaren Cup Wall Chart

Breaking results

View most recent 50 results in more detail

29/11 D4 Gullane 12420 Berwick Bears 12920
27/11 D5 Notsimoc 16560 Hermitage 17100
26/11 D4 Marmion A 16560 Randolph 13630
26/11 D5 Coast 12100 Warriston 11100
25/11 D3 Borderers 9050 Dunfermline B 12230
26/11 D3 Peebles 8430 Dunbar 7100

These are results which been submitted within the past 7 days. The league tables will only reflect these results once they have been processed and appear in the main list.



Here is the Constitution of the East District as approved at the AGM in May 2011.

The Official History of the Scottish Bridge Union

176 pages of fascinating information and photographs for just £10. The Book will be on sale at all major SBU events. Or contact Liz McGowan or Anne Perkins to arrange collection.

The Laws of Bridge

The SBU implemented the new laws on 1st September 2008. Copies of the Laws are available from Anne Perkins at a cost of £3

MP Claims

Any paper points, email queries, cheques, and all correspondence related to SBU Master Points must be sent to:

SBU Member Services,
Dept #16,
196 Rose Street,
Edinburgh EH2 4AT.

Any email communications relating to Master Points should be sent to

Master Points Database


This season we have a new combined membership and master points database named MEMPAD. Visit it here.

MEMPAD gives every SBU member their own area where current Master point totals and rating can be seen. This information will be updated daily. In the new season clubs will submit master points on-line (only for club one-session events at first) so you will be able to see your MP totals updated relatively soon after you have played at your local club. There’s also various other information available about members, clubs and SBU competitions.

This really is an excellent system, and very easy to use. email the Master Point Secretary () and ask for a login.

Remember to quote your MasterPoint number; you can then register, update your personal details (address, telephone number, email address etc.) and change to your own personal password. Ultimate objective after successive phases — no more wee pieces of paper!

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Design & updates for East District by Alan Officer.