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No Fear and Next Step Pairs

Congratulations to Arnott and Heather Kidd (right), winners of the No Fear pairs at the Carlton on Saturday with a big score of 70.83%. Runners up were Gordon Philip and Tierna Browne (left, 54.76%). Full No Fear results on the Carlton website.

Congratulations to Nicola Dean and Fiona McElhinney (right), winners of the Next Step pairs at the Carlton on Saturday with 61.01%. Runners up were Norma Kerr and Clare Douglas (left, 58.63%). Full Next Step results on the Carlton website.

Other News

National Pairs Update

The semi-finals for the National Pairs are now both in Glasgow at St Andrew BC so is no longer at the Carlton as expected. Apparently there were a lot more people from the West in the preliminary events, so it was decided to move them both to the same venue.

Coming Soon in the East District

If you are eligible, please consider entering the Allan Flitch trophy which is the ED tournament for married couples. This is being held at the Melville on Saturday March 7th starting at 6pm. Again this is a pleasant tournament which you can combine with a day out in Edinburgh if you’re coming from further afield in the district. We Look forward to seeing as many as possible of you there.

SBU Treasurer

After more than 13 years, Tim Wickens is standing down from the post of SBU Treasurer.

We are therefore looking for someone to take over this role. The post attracts an honorarium and would suit a retired accountant or someone who has undertaken a similar role for an organisation in the past.

Tim has indicated that he would be happy to assist the new treasurer with the handover process.

If you think you might be interested in this position which contributes to the running of the SBU for the benefit of all members, please contact Fiona Greenwood on 07796 264671 or by Friday 20th March 2015.

SBU Summer Congress

The programme for the Summer Congress in Peebles is now available.

International lineups

Scotland will be represented at the Lady Milne in Birmingham by Sam Punch & Paula Leslie, Anne Symons & Helen Kane and Liz McGowan & Michele Gladstone, with Alan Goodman as NPC.

Scotland will be represented at Camrose weekend 2 in Belfast by Iain Sime & John Matheson, Phil Stevens & Frazer Morgan, Phil Morrison & Jun Nakamaru-Pinder, with Sandy Duncan as NPC.

Good luck to both teams!

Melville One Day Congress

The New Melville Bridge Club is hosting a One Day Congress (starts at 1pm) on Sunday 19 April. There will be Congress Pairs in the afternoon and Swiss Teams in the evening. Cash prizes will be awarded including Bronze and Silver prizes. Entry form and details.

Recent Promotions

Congratulations to Archie Leith, now a Senior Life Master, Lucia Barrett (now a Life Master, and gold ranked). Other promotions can be perused at the MEMPAD web site.


Norma Bain has been appointed as the new Education Officer for the East District. Please contact Norma concerning matters of education, including the mini bridge initiative, at or 0131 6614345.

The SBU are encouraging the teaching of mini bridge in primary schools. Many of the skills developed in playing bridge are included in the National Curriculum and other regions have found that schools are delighted to have our input. At present there are very few schools in Edinburgh participating and we would like to encourage more to take part. We need volunteers to go into schools, deliver the course, and support the pupils. At the end of the first course we hope to arrange a mini event for all participating schools. Eventually our schools will participate in the Scottish schools event.

Berwick Congress

The entry form for the Berwick Congress in May is now available.

Better Behaviour at Bridge

February edition of Better Behaviour at Bridge is out! Please see Don’t Abuse the Bidding Box!

The Atholl Cup Semi Final draw is:

  • Yvonne Wiseman v Laura Middleton
  • Harry Smith v Iain Sime

Results Board

Junior Internationals

Scotland finished second in the Junior Camrose (U25) in Porthcawl this weekend, well behind England but comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. In the Peggy Bayer (U20), England dominated as expected and Scotland lost out to Ireland for second place.

Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer results.

The East was represented by Jun Nakamaru-Pinder (U25), Katherine Dempsie and Olivia Bailey (U20). Anne Symons was NPC for the U25 side.

Scottish Mixed Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to David Liggat and Liz McGowan, who have comfortably won the Mixed Swiss Pairs event at Hutcheson’s GS.

In an excellent event for the East District, Jim Hay & Julia Palmer were runners up and Jake Corry & Lucia Barrett third in a top 10 dominated by the East. Peter & Heather Braid picked up the Silver Prize, finishing 10th.

The Mixed Swiss Teams event the following day was won by Di Mambro, Jackson, MacDonald and Gaffin. Joint third from the East were Jim Hay, Julia Palmer, Laura Middleton & Derrick Peden.

British Winter Sim Pairs

Congratulations to Kenny Watson and Alex Shields of Peebles, who have won the British Winter Pairs event.

Smith and Marshall win the Cowan Cup

The Cowan Cup final took place at the Carlton on 1st February 2015. Congratulations to Harry Smith & Finlay Marshall – first with 64.34%.

Iain Sime & John Murdoch were runners up (60.11%) with Mike Young & Duncan Macdonald third on 56.43%.

Results are available at the Carlton site.

SBU Winter Congress

Congratulations to Phil Stephens, Phil Morrison, Alex Wilkinson and Frazer Morgan – winners of the Congress Teams.

Swiss Pairs results are here.

Atholl Cup

In the second round of the Atholl:

Atholl Plate update:

McGregor Cup

Friday November 28th 2014, 7pm at New Melville BC. Congratulations to Graham Bullock and Joan Forsyth (64.74%) who have won the McGregor Mixed Pairs event, with Julia Palmer and Derrick Peden runners up (59.78%). The results are on the Melville website.

ED Simultaneous Pairs

Congratulations to John Hughes & Fearghas Torrens (Dunfermline) who have won the ED Sim Pairs event by a large margin, with +100.12 Butler IMPs.

Joint runners up were Liz McGowan & David Liggat, and Ron McCarron & Les Sinclair, who both played in the Carlton heat and ended up with +65.42. Fourth were Veronica Guy and Fiona Greenwood (Melville) on +65.00, and fifth Val Johnstone & Marian Miller (Jedburgh) +60.75.

ED Sim Pairs final scores

Older Results

Details from last season.

Coming Soon in the East District

Today is Friday 27 February 2015

  • 07/03 Allan Flitch (New Melville 18:00) info
  • 10/04 Freddie Short Quaich (Senior Pairs) (New Melville 14:00) info
  • 15/04 Men's Teams (Bowman) (1) (New Melville 19:00) info
  • 15/04 Women's Teams (Bruce Vase) (1) (Carlton 19:00) info
  • 19/04 New Melville BC 1 Day Congress (New Melville 13:00)
  • 22/04 Men's Teams (Bowman) (2) (New Melville 19:00)
  • 22/04 Women's Teams (Bruce Vase) (2) (Carlton 19:00)
  • 26/04 National Pairs Final (New Melville)
  • 29/04 East District AGM (Carlton 19:30)
  • 03/05 Berwick Congress (Scremerston 13:00) info
  • 31/05 Hunter Cup Swiss Teams (New Melville 13:00)

Full district (and other) calendars

ED Tournaments 2014-15

East District League & Cup

Updated 25 February 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.

24/02 D1 Dundas 14110 Falkirk B 11710 (7)
24/02 D1 Nomads 12690 Merchiston 11480 (5)
24/02 D2 Scramblers 13200 Carlton Connection 15770 (7)
23/02 D2 Berwick A 14020 Skateraw 12060 (6)
23/02 D2 Pentland 10200 Iconoclasts 10590 (2)*
23/02 CQ Marmion B 13520 Pinkhill Pandas 12050
19/02 D1 Falkirk B 17450 Waverley 15960 (5)
19/02 D1 Grosvenor Aces 13870 Phoenix 10080 (9)

Results | Tables | Next matches | Submit result

Current League Leaders:
Div 1: 49ers
Div 2: Scramblers
Div 3: Falcon
Div 4: Comiston
Div 5: Berwick Bears

MacLaren Cup page, MacLaren Cup Wall Chart

Breaking results

26/02 D1 Craigleith 18910 Waverley 17980
26/02 D4 Marmion A 8760 Carlton Camden 12350
26/02 D3 Borderers 12380 Marmion B 12440
26/02 D5 Jethart 14470 Hermitage 11730
26/02 D4 Acolytes 11330 Pinkhill Pandas 10940
26/02 D4 Gullane 14860 Comiston 18560

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. A more detailed log of all recent results to be submitted is available.



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

A list of all recent MP promotions is held on the main SBU site, as is a full list of East ranked players.

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

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!

Web Site

Design & updates for East District by Alan Officer.