Bronze Page


Stuff aimed exclusively at Bronze players - don’t forget to check the other news for congresses and open competitions which you are also encouraged to enter.

SBU Bronze (Silver) Teams League

The SBU has been looking at ways in which more on-line bridge can be played during the Coronavirus Lockdown. To this end, the SBU is proposing to run a Bronze League for SBU Members over the coming weeks. This event will be open to all Bronze members and limited Silver members, as of 1 April 2020. Teams may have up to six members, including up to 1 Silver.

The event will be run on BBO.

There may be several divisions, depending on how many teams would like to play in the league. Placement of teams in a particular division will be based on the number of masterpoints acquired cumulatively by the members of the team. For those teams with more than 4 members this will be calculated as 4 times the average of all members of the team.

The matches will take place on Wednesday evening starting around 6:30pm. Each match will be 16 boards.

The first round of matches will take place on Wednesday 20th May, and each League will run for 5 or 7 Wednesday evenings, depending on how many teams and divisions there are.

Local Masterpoints will be awarded as per the normal SBU scales for District Leagues.

If you are interested, then please complete the attached Excel Spreadsheet to provide details of the team members, and more importantly, the BBO name of each of your team members. Please can you appoint a team captain who is familiar with setting up a team of 4 match on BBO.

The Conditions of Contest provide links to excellent videos by Paul Gipson on YouTube describing the process. The website for all the arrangements for the league can be found at: SBU Bronze League

Please respond no later than 10pm on Saturday 17th May if you wish to be included in the first league. Registrations after this time will be taken on a space available basis or held over to the next league.

Summer Leagues

Why not try a teams competition this summer? 18-24 board matches. Help and tuition available.

These are teams of 4 round robin matches to be played between 1st June to 31st August. We aim to build confidence and enjoyment of the game. Matches are arranged like the winter league with similar scoring etc, just half the players ( 4 instead of 8) to make it easier to arrange.There are usually about 5 to 8 matches, depending upon numbers but also dependant upon what the teams want. Teams can be any size but generally 8 seems to work best.

Summer Teams is for those in division 5 or those experienced non league players wanting to try teams. Novice Teams is aimed at those in the final couple of years of classes or those who have played socially only. As much or as little help is given as wanted, except during play. Matches ideally are 18-24 boards however the exact number is decided by the team captains. There is someone at each match to help set up and direct the match play and scoring.

Matches can be held wherever wanted, ideally in unfamiliar places to broaden experience. To get it started, at the end of May, a meeting is held for all participants to arrange matches. This meeting includes a brief talk covering arranging, scoring, tactics for matches etc. with brief Q& A about the competition Followed by eating some cake and a fun practice play session. If you have any questions please let us know, many thanks for your help.

Entries and enquiries to Denise King or 07840931921 or Katharine Bailey by May 20th . All entries will be acknowledged. Entry fee £10 per team.

Seniors Congress

The ED Seniors Congress takes place on Tuesday 31st March: 2 Pairs competitions for Seniors and Bronze Seniors at 12:00, with 2 Teams competitions for Seniors and Bronze Seniors at 16:15.

You need to be 62 or over as of 1st January 2020 to be eligible for these events.

SBU Bronze Teams Heat Results

Section A and B results

Qualifiers for the National Final will be notified once the results from all other districts are known.

Allan Flitch Trophy

Married Couple pairs at the New Melville on 15 February 2020.

Results on Melville website

Top Bronze 1/2 were Heather and Arnot Kidd.

Top Bronze 3/4 were Anne and Brian Monaghan.

Bronze Challenge 2020

Saturday 1st February 2020, Carlton.


Congratulations to Jane and Andrew Carnegie, winners of the Bronze Challenge. Runners up were Allan Ainslie and Ian McLaren, with Katharine Bailey and Mandy Aberdour third.

Bronze Challenge winners - Andrew & Jane Carnegie

Bronze Challenge runners up - Allan Ainslie & Ian McLaren

Bronze Challenge Top Bronze 3/4 - Amanda Aberdour & Katharine Bailey (presentation by Anne Perkins)

Bronze Challenge Top Bronze 2 - Niall & Bryn Tennant

Bronze Challenge Top Bronze 1 - Anne McFarlane and Debbie Wright

Jesner-Johnston ED Heat

Sunday 24th October 2019, Carlton.


Winners - David and Wendy Chambers

2nd - David and Gill Simmons

Best placed B2 - Julia Campbell and Robert Hickling

ED Swiss Pairs

Sunday 17th October 2019, Carlton.


The Swiss Pairs bronze 1/2 prize was won by Robyn Glynn-Percy and Sarah Gunn.

The Swiss Pairs bronze 3/4 prize was won by Agnes Munro and Tony Hasler.

Thea Teale National Bronze Pairs

The overall event was won by Malgorzata Gosman and Taduesz Janowski.

Runners up in the East heat were Clare Douglas and Maurice Franceschi.

Bronze 1/2 winners locally were Stewart Green and Jonathan Gibson.

East District Congress Teams - Watson Trophy

Watson Results

Bronze Prize went to Suzy Lawson, Olwen Renowden, Rob Fraser and Ian McLean

East District Congress Swiss Pairs - Chalmers Cup

Chalmers Results

Bronze Prize went to Sue and Ian Campbell

East District Congress Mixed Pairs - McGregor Cup

McGregor Results

Bronze winners were Robert Hickling and Julia Campbell

Individual event

Congratulations to Margaret Tait, who with 64.58% won the event which runs alongside the Faie Rosebowl for individuals. 


Runner up was Fergus Nicoll (64.19%) with Mike Hammett third on 63.89%.

Top Novice was Eileen Dwyer with 55.46%.

A great afternoon with no TD calls!  Congratulations to all. 

Bronze Challenge Teams

The Bronze Teams event was won by Alison Littleboy, Graham Dempsey, Clare Douglas and Maurice Franceschi. Results.

Runners up were Roy Heanes, Ian McLean, Alex Sutherland and Norrie o'Neill.

3rd place Athena Chow,Gosia Rozman, Krzysztof Nguyen and Tadeusz Janowski

The amazing Top Bronze 1/2 team, coming 4th. They are a Bronze 1 team 2 father and son combination of Neil and Aidan Woodley, Niall and Bryn Tennant.

Older results all saved at

What Else Is Out There?

The national SBU web site has a section dedicated to Bronze players. There may be bronze events run nationally or in other districts which you might be interested in.

MEMPAD Demystified

How to get at your points

Summer Teams Winners - Pentland Panthers

Winners of the 2019 Summer League

Novice Teams Winners - New Tricks

Winners of the 2019 Novice League, from left to right Neil McPhail, Aiden Woodley, Linda Sime (captain), Neil Woodley and Andrew Wells, plus Bryn and Niall Tennant, who missed the photo op and have been digitally added!

Summer and Novice Team Matches

The Summer and Novice Leagues are currently running until August.

Here is the list of Summer and Novice Team Matches:

All the scores

Current Standings

These competitions are designed to introduce the ideas and skills needed for league play to some and allow others to practice.

This summer there are two leagues running again; one for complete beginners or those still in classes called 'The Novice League'. The other for those more experienced bronze players, including those who have played in division 5 of the East District league The competitions are both teams of 4, run as the winter league format with an initial meeting to arrange matches. A lot of help is available so that no knowledge of teams competitions is required. All those wanting help will be taken through the process of arranging teams, matches, play tactics, filling out scorecards, etiquette, etc. Indeed the option is there to have someone on hand for all matches to act as TD and help if required.

Denise King - ED Bronze Coord, tel 07840931921

2018 Summer Leagues

So what happened last year? After a great summer with 27 Bronze matches, the winners of the Novice Teams was Ruff Dummies closely followed by New Tricks, and in the Summer Teams Warriston won with Grange just one amp behind. Ruff Dummies 2018

From top left:
Thora Walker, Trish Gordon, Iris Harvey, John Tumelty, Alan Thomson, Fergus Nicol, with Dave Walker presenting, Wendy Pratt (bottom left) and Dorothy Weir (bottom right). Many congratulations and look forward to seeing their future successes.

Novice Teams 2018									
  Team	                P  W3  W2   D  L1  L0  Pt  AMP
1 Ruff Dummies	        5   4   0   0   0   1  12   33
2 New Tricks	        5   2	0   0   1   1  10    5
3 Heebie Jeebies	5   2   0   0   1   2   7   15
4 Diamonds in the Rough	5   1	2   0   0   2   7  -10
5 A King & Four Queens	5   2	0   0   0   3   6  -19
6 All Hands On Deck	5   1	0   0   0   4   3  -24
Summer Teams 2018,(D5+)									
  Team	                P  W3  W2   D  L1  L0  Pts  AMPs
1 Warriston	        6   3	1   0	0   2   11    8
2 Grange	        6   3   1   0   0   2   11    7
3 Fife Aces	        6   3   0   0   1   2   10   10
4 Coast	                6   1   0   0   1   4    4  -25

Warriston 2018

Warriston, from left to right: Alan Brown, John Wilson, Marilyn McDonagh, Eldrydd Robinson, Carole McCartney, Sheena Spence. There were four others not available at the time: Helen Mackinnon, Sheila Allan, Val Beamish and Rosie McFie.

Thanks to all those who took part.