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Bronze Challenge

Congratulations to Iain & Fiona McLaren, winners (with 64.79%) of the Bronze 1 Challenge at the Carlton Bridge Centre on Saturday 6th February 2016. This was a Beginners Pairs event for Novices, Club and Local Masters – This is a friendly tournament aimed at those currently attending classes.

Runners up were Kate Aggett and Elspeth Burnside (64.55%).

Best pair currently in classes were Bob Edwards and Ken McKenna(60.00%) who were also fifth overall.

Full results at Carlton Bridge Centre website. Photos by Norma Bain

Sixth were Tim & Aisha Wilkinson.

The BRONZE 2 & 3 – Pairs for District, Masters and Star Masters was held simultaneously, aimed at the more experienced club player.

The B2/3 contest was won by Catriona Gardiner and Jim Wilkinson (59.84%), but no photo sadly, something about some rugby match or other. The full results are on the Carlton site.

Best Bronze 2 pair (and runners up overall) were Keith & Ishbel Clark(59.38%).

Joint third were David & Wendy Chambers with Alison & Robert Carmichael 58.68%).

Fifth were Willie MacGruer and Maggie Greer (right, 57.87%) and 6th Denise King and Amanda Aberdour (56.83%).

Other News

Are We Doing Better?

The February “Better Behaviour at Bridge” memo is available to study – Are We Doing Better?, check Law 74.

National Pairs

The semi final is due to be held on Saturday 26th March and will consist of 2 sections of 8 tables. Qualification from districts is based on original entries. Therefore:

Ayrshire: 8, Central: 4, East: 4, Highland: 5, North: 2, South: 1, West: 8

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 19-21 February 2016, and the Senior Camrose from 20-22 May 2016.


Allan Flitch Trophy

Saturday 5th March from 6pm; cost is £15 per pair. Full details are here.

This is a fun evening of bridge! All married couples welcome. Entries please to

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.

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Cowan Cup Final

Congratulations to Liz McGowan and David Liggat, who have won this season’s District Pairs for the Cowan Cup trophy. Mike Ash and Alan Goodman were runners up and both pairs will contest the Spence Cup in May, as representatives of the East District.

Cowan Cup Final results.

Atholl Cup update

McGowan beat Williams, and Sime has beaten Goodman.

Here is the full draw sheet …, and the current state of play:

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

Atholl Plate Draw

Here is the draw for the Atholl Plate competition:

  1. Peden v Morrison
  2. Kirkwood (bye)
  3. Thomson v Smith
  4. Williams (bye)

The semis are (1) v (2), and (3) v (4). First named team are at HOME.

First round (QF) matches by 29th February 2016 please. Semi Finals by 21st March and final by 15th April.

National Pairs Qualifiers

The semi final is due to be held on Saturday 26th March and will consist of 2 sections of 8 tables. The qualifiers from the East District are:

  1. Brian Short & Alan Goodman
  2. David Nisbet & Ian Thomson
  3. David Brayford & Gordon Kirk
  4. Mike Young & Duncan Macdonald

Older Results

Details from earlier this season.

Coming Soon in the East District

Today is Friday 12 February 2016

  • 19/02 Jun. Camrose & Peggy Bayer @Hol. Inn (Edinburgh)
  • 20/02 Jun. Camrose & Peggy Bayer @Hol. Inn (Edinburgh)
  • 21/02 Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer (Edinburgh)
  • 05/03 Allan Flitch (married couples pairs) (Melville 18:00) info
  • 29/03 Freddie Short Quaich (senior pairs) (Melville 13:00)
  • 13/04 ED Ladies' Teams (1) (Melville 19:00)
  • 13/04 ED Men's Teams (1) (Melville 19:00)
  • 20/04 ED Ladies' Teams (2) (Melville 19:00)
  • 20/04 ED Men's Teams (2) (Melville 19:00)
  • 20/05 Senior Camrose @Holiday Inn (Edinburgh)
  • 21/05 Senior Camrose @Holiday Inn (Edinburgh)
  • 22/05 Senior Camrose @Holiday Inn (Edinburgh)
  • 29/05 Hunter Cup Swiss Teams (Melville 13:00)

Full district (and other) calendars

ED Tournaments 2015-16

East District League & Cup

Updated 09 February 2016

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

08/03 D3 Kelso 11350 Ratten 13020 (6)
08/02 D2 Berwick A 13770 Scramblers 16550 (7)
08/02 D3 Dunbar 12220 Orion 10060 (7)
04/02 D1 Craigleith 15270 Dundas 14620 (3)
03/02 D2 Carlton Connection 15620 Iconoclasts 15900 (1)*
03/02 D3 Gosford 13120 Ratten 11780 (5)
03/02 D4 Acolytes 10740 Longniddry Bees 11760 (5)
03/02 D4 Berwick Bears 14280 Pinkhill Pandas 12470 (6)

Results | Tables | Next matches | Submit result

Current League Leaders:
Div 1: 49ers
Div 2: Scramblers
Div 3: Falcon
Div 4: Longniddry Bees
Div 5: Melbas

MacLaren Cup page, MacLaren Cup Wall Chart

Breaking results

View most recent 50 results in more detail

11/02 D5 Invulnerables 16910 Diamonds 16040
11/02 D1 Nomads 12090 Craigleith 15460
11/02 D5 Coast 7750 Melbas 16750
11/02 D1 Falkirk A 11840 Phoenix 13740
11/02 D4 Jethart 9500 Berwick Bears 12650
10/02 D4 Marmion A 15510 Gullane 15500

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.


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!


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

Web Site

Design & updates for East District by Alan Officer.