HISTORY

George MacPhee completed his studies in the United States in the 1930s, at a time when Bridge was most popular, and where he met his wife Mildred.

On his return to Aberdeen, the club was founded, in 1933, when the founding members installed the MacPhee family on the 2nd floor of 14 Rubislaw Terrace, with Mildred as hostess for the Bridge Evenings.

The picture below was presented to the club by Mr. Peter MacPhee on its 60th anniversary. It shows the team, captained by his father, Mr. George MacPhee, who played a team from England, captained by Lt.-Col. Walter Buller, CBE, in February, 1933. Capt. Ewart Kempson, Bridge Correspondent, who also played in the team, wrote a book “Bridge Contest at Aberdeen”, describing the event.

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Rubber Bridge was played before Duplicate became more popular.In the late 1940s ownership of the premises was taken over by the general membership.

Duplicate bridge was initially played on Mondays. Classes were started in the club, and membership increased. Duplicate bridge is now played Monday to Thursday. Other clubs rent rooms to hold their own events on weekdays.

The club has around 300 members of all ranks from Novice to Grand Master. Past and present members have represented Scotland in International events. The Bridge Club was one of the first in Scotland to introduce Computer Scoring and printing of Master Points, in the 1990s. In 2002 the club purchased a “Duplimate” for automatic dealing of cards in main events.