Donating to club

Could ?treasurer provide information about how to donate to the club please. With no petrol costs, lower table money, even cheaper tea/coffee at home I’d like to give a few shekels.
My understanding is that subs. attract gift aid, but not table money [and perhaps the government will end gift aid as its coffers dry up].
Damien has worked wonders for us all and it’s a joy to be a member of the Melville.

Alias and profile online

Why did you choose your alias? As a newbie I accepted the alias given me by BCL, MoyraF, and use the same on on BBO. However, I was intrigued to find another moyraf on BCL; it took only a few clicks to discover her club in Yorkshire and then her full name. Is security an issue for some who choose a more anonymous alias? Or fun? Or a tactical device to give the opposition minimal info.?
BCL includes quite full member profiles. At first I gave only names of preferred systems, but now give clubs, location, and details of my preferred system and conventions. This, in part, as I enjoy reading others’ profiles. But not my full name nor email address.
I do enjoy recognising other Melville members at the table on BCL, and am amazed at how often this happens.

4 down partner?

Our wonderful, long-suffering team captain always gives us an inspirational talk before a league match. One evening this season it included the words “Bid your ****** games.”
(****** = vulnerable) This lodged in my head and in the first 12 boards partner and I bid 3NT three times. It went four down each time. Twice I was the hapless, or to be more accurate, hopeless declarer and once poor partner. She is a brilliant player but even she found 20 combined points and a single stopper in the opponents suit a bridge too far. Our delightful opponents were clearly relishing these repeated failures as they contentedly entered 400 in their plus column. So much so that after the third failure I turned to the genial gentleman on my right and asked : “Why don’t you double us next time we bid 3NT?” He thought for a moment then replied : “No, because there’s just the remotest chance that you would then find the right contract!”
So now, when playing with that partner we have a routine when going 4 off (and yes it has happened at least twice since that evening) We look each other straight in the eye, say : “Four down, partner?”, then try not to giggle. We may have failed in that regard too.
P.S. Our teammates fortunately played sensible bridge in the league match and we won comfortably.

The Hay Book Festival has gone digital!

I know we all seem to be rediculously busy at present (well I seem to be, but maybe it is all a mirage!), but I know there are many bookfest fans at the Melville.

The Hay Book Festival (18-31 May) has gone digital. All events are free, and you can book up via their website and watch from the comfort of your own living room!

A herogram

I always knew that Damien was an asset to our club but his efforts in the past few weeks deserve this herogram. Running the club in normal times must be demanding but these times require a different and untested approach to keeping us playing bridge. Damien provides clear and detailed guidance, sets up initiatives such as this website, makes videos, liaises with other bodies to establish tournaments, helps with queries…I could go on. Many thanks.

Thanks to Damien

Just a wee public shout out to Damien for all his terrific work keeping the Melville spirit going through this dark period.

Instructions and guidance on all aspects, especially online Bridge are great — and today I even managed to update Pianola and buy some BBO credit for next week’s Comp.

Thanks Damien,



Club BBO Pairs

Why not take part in our first ever Club Pairs tournament on BBO!

If you are interested in taking part in a trial BBO pairs tournament for Melville members on Monday afternoon 18 May at 1.30 then please visit the normal club website and add your name(s) to the form in the right hand column and click on submit. This will be a provisional list to see if we can get near the 20 table target required to cover our costs. It will not commit you to play if you change your mind.

We intend to play 18 boards on this first occasion and the charge will be £1.80 per person which all goes to BBO and the EBU. If we exceed 20 tables then the club will make a small profit from the event.

For preference please sign up as pairs, but single players will be accommodated if at all possible.

Please sign-up by Wednesday evening 13 May at the latest. If we get sufficient interest we will confirm this and provide more information about how to take part.

Quotes through the alphabet

Denise King has compiled a long list of famous bridge quotations, sorted alphabetically by author, which we will publish under the menu heading ‘Famous Bridge Quotes’. We have started off with quotes by ‘Anon’ and will build on these each day using a different letter of the alphabet.

Well done Denise!