Membership and Master Point Administration Database

Scottish Bridge Union (SBU)


The SBU is holding a Winter Weekend Congress, using internet platforms such as BBO and Real Bridge, from Friday 4th Dec to Sunday 6th December. It will follow the traditional pattern of having a Congress Pairs and Congress Teams event as the main highlights, plus other events as garnishments. Dates and other information are now available on the SBU website along with details of each event. Registrations will be open on Monday 23/11/2020.


The SBU Council is reconciled to the conclusion that face-to-face (F2F) bridge is unlikely to resume for many months, and therefore the Council is planning a full season of online bridge. For example the upcoming National Congress on Dec 4-6 this year will be entirely online. 

This unprecedented situation is creating considerable workload for the various committees who are staffed purely by volunteers, particularly the Tournament Committee, Member Services and our new SBU Treasurer. During the next few months, in a F2F world, Club Treasurers and I as the SBU Membership Secretary would normally take a fairly relaxed view concerning the payment of annual subscriptions, but this is untenable with the membership churn we are experiencing this year.

We are now going to consider that the end of October for payment of membership fees is the practical deadline for club membership payments, and urge club Secretaries and Treasurers to help us by collecting and remitting funds to the SBU no later than this date. Of course, we will accept later payments because the Constitution says that November 30th is the end date, but it would be most helpful if the end of October were to be considered the moral imperative.

Thank you for your cooperation.


The new SBU Treasurer, as of 1st September 2020, is Scott Macdonald, SBU member and a previous Treasurer of the Melville Bridge club in Edinburgh. We are pleased to have such a  person with relevant experience to fill this important post.

Club Treasurers can make payments to the SBU for Master Point certificates, annual subscriptions and the like, via bank transfers, or by visiting your local branch and asking for a cheque to be deposited in the SBU bank account as below. At a later stage cheques may be sent to Scott's home address, but not at this time.

SBU bank a/c details: Bank of Scotland:  80-06-83  00942229
Cheques to be written to  “
Scottish Bridge Union” in full. Cheques can be deposited at your local branch using the account detail as above plus sending an email to "treasurer" with a copy to "masterpoints".


We shall shortly enter the new season, and a new financial period, both starting on 1st September.

Will club officials please note that we have a new Treasurer taking office on that same day; many thanks to George Plant for his five years of very much appreciated service. 

To give our new Treasurer a short breathing space and some time to learn the ropes, please do not send any payments in the first half of September. In any event, we much prefer bank transfers with clear references (sort code 80-06-83 a/c no 00942229).

Members' subscriptions become due on 1st September and overdue by 30th November.


I frequently get asked when face-to-face bridge will resume in Scotland. I am flattered that my advice is being sought on this important matter even if I live some 1800 km from Edinburgh.

The best site for information on Scottish Government current and future policy regarding indoor meetings of multiple households is here at this site.

Be aware that there may be different local restrictions at different times, and indeed that new restrictions can be imposed at short notice.

In essence, physical distancing regulations of two metres and even 1 metre make normal face-to-face bridge impossible. Therefore the SBU is further investing in TD training for online bridge via BBO in order to support clubs, as well as planning to expand the range of SBU-BBO events.  Please visit the SBU website regularly for the latest news.  

Stay safe 

Bill Whyte
Member Services


Please refrain from sending any correspondence to the SBU Treasurer, George Plant, until we inform you of his replacement.  

If urgent, please send an email to seeking advice.


We appreciate feedback (+ve or -ve), every complaint is a gift! .... here.

To visit the main SBU Information website, please click here.


Upcoming Events in the SBU Virtual Club

Every Tuesday at 7 pm - 24 boards of match-pointed Pairs; 

Saturday 20th June at 7 pm for 6 weeks - 'Lockdown' Swiss Pairs: Details

All proceeds will be used to fund the training of club and district online tournament directors

Instructions for finding SBU events on BBO:

From the BBO home page:
click on Competitive,
then All Tournaments,
then type 'SBU' in the search box - or scroll down to find the tournament.

The tournament description will appear 2 hours before the start time and you can then register, provided your partner is also online

Please remember that registrations are only accepted from those who have provided their BBO username in advance.  These now are being collected on MEMPAD.  

Log in to Mempad, Click on the 'My Contacts' tab, then select the 'edit' tab.  Scroll down and then fill in your BBO user name in the relevant box. Click Save.  Please DO NOT add any spaces at beginning or end of your BBO username. Two players cannot have the same BBO username. Make sure you record your exact BBO Username on Mempad.

To purchase BBO$, with the minimum of expense, use the following link and use the left-hand side option which says "pay with credit card" ..... Buy BBO$   

Be aware that other routes to purchase BBO $ (e.g. the BBO App or via ApplePay) may incur additional charges.


27th July 2018
The SBU holds personal contact data belonging to its members inside MEMPAD on this security-enhanced website. It does this on the legal basis (as defined by the GDPR) that it is necessary to hold this data for the purposes of its legitimate interests as a membership organisation. 

A full explanation of the SBU Privacy Policy is available on the SBU information website at .....

Questions and further explanations can be obtained by sending an email to


Looking for a table of the ranking structure showing points needed for each rank?
Then click on the "MP Notices" tab to see the full details.

This listing defines eligibility for BRONZE/SILVER/GOLD events. Even if a promotion occurs after the latest publication,  players are still entitled to enter ranked competitions based on their status as shown on the latest published list

In ranked competitions, an eligible player may play with a partner who has a lower rank.