The Young Chelsea offers frequent duplicate bridge games for members and visitors, and regular bridge lessons for beginners and improvers. The club is affiliated to the English Bridge Union (EBU). For the Young Chelsea’s duplicates, unlike those of some other clubs in London, there are awards of EBU Master Points (a lifetime record of achievement) and the duplicates count towards the EBU’s National Grading Scheme (a measure of current performance).
The club has a licensed bar and a kitchen. The latter offers a short but very reasonably priced menu. There is typically a choice between two substantial meals and a smaller one. Meals are available from 1½ hours before evening games. Salads and sandwiches are available at other times.
Do not be misled by the name. Although the Young Chelsea is particularly welcoming to young players, there are many older members, some of whom have belonged since the club began in 1968. There is no upper age limit — you are never the wrong age to play at the Young Chelsea (or YC as it is popularly known). And although its original home was in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, its current premises are near Shepherd’s Bush.
Regular Pairs Events
(Except on bank holidays and bank holiday weekends in England and the week between Christmas and New Year when the club is closed.)
Mondays at 7.00pm and Wednesdays at 7.30pm; Advanced Matchpoint duplicates — 24‑26 boards. Friday evenings at 7.30pm; our classic Advanced Cross‑IMP duplicate.
Thursdays at 1.00pm; Social Matchpoint duplicate.
Second Sunday of each month at 2.00pm; Friendly Bridge duplicates (to help novices make the transition to regular club play, or for anyone who is looking for a relaxed and sociable game).
Young Chelsea Knockout
The Young Chelsea Knockout (YCKO) is a double‑elimination teams‑of‑four tournament. A team is only eliminated when it has lost two matches. All matches are played at the YC. The 2017 tournament starts in January 2017. Team rosters and the draw are on the YC Knockout 2017 page. Results will appear there when available.
London Super League
The London Super League (LSL) is a teams‑of‑four league launched by YC club manager Nick Sandqvist in 2006. The LSL runs twice each year with all matches played at the YC. There are two divisions at present, with 10 teams in the first division. After each ‘season’ the top two teams in the second division go up to the first, while the bottom two teams in the first division are demoted. Match days are fixed in advance so that all teams in a division play the same deals on the same day. (There is a little latitude if teams really cannot make the scheduled date.) First division matches are currently held on Wednesdays and second division matches on Tuesdays.
Anyone interested in playing in the LSL can obtain more information from the LSL website, or by speaking to Nick Sandqvist at the club.
The Young Chelsea runs an Autumn ladder each year, typically from September through December, for which results from the advanced duplicates (on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays) count. There is a substantial prize fund for the leading players.
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Page last updated 27th March 2017
LMBA Garden Cities Heat — Thursday 30th March 7.00pm. Inter‑club teams‑of‑eight London qualifying round.
Ned Paul’s Learn Bridge in a Weekend — for absolute beginners — Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th April at 10.30am each day.
Spade Seminar — Double Trouble — Tuesday 11th April at 7.30pm.
LMBA Seniors Pairs for the Fox‑Shammon Trophy — Sunday 23rd April at 2.00pm. One single extended pairs session. All players must must have been born in or before 1957. All players must be EBU members, but do not have to be LMBA members.
Young Chelsea Half Marathon — Saturday 13th May at 11.00am.
YCKO 2017 — play by date for round two matches is Friday 13th April.
London Super League — Spring 2017 — Teams league with matches held on specific days. Matches run from Tuesday 24th January through Tuesday 16th May in division two, and from Wednesday 8th February through Wednesday 31st May in division one.
Beginners and Improvers 8‑Week Bridge Courses — start Tuesday 31st January and Thursday 2nd February.
The Young Chelsea will hold a half marathon pairs event using cross‑IMP scoring (in the same way as the regular Friday evening duplicates do) on Saturday 13th May 2017.
Start time is 11.00am and the event will last about 12 hours.
As always, there will be a substantial prize fund, with an £800 prize for the winning pair.
Please make your entry either on the notice board in the club, or by calling or emailing club manager Nick Sandqvist.
We are pleased to see the return of the Spade Seminars, hosted by Phil King. The first is coming up on Tuesday 14th March, where Phil discusses the subject of the 1NT bid in competition. This is followed by “Double Trouble” on Tuesday 11th April.
Both seminars start at 7.30pm and run for approximately 2 hours. The cost of each is £20 for members and £25 for visitors. Please sign up on the lists on the notice board in the club.
The winner of the late‑running 48‑board final of the YCKO 2015-2016 was team Callaghan, which beat team Chadha by 15 IMPs in a hard‑fought match on Monday 30th January. Brian Callaghan, Heather Dhondy, Joe Fawcett, and Richard Granville played throughout the final. (Rob Cliffe and Ian Payn were also members of the team.) This is the first time Heather Dhondy, Joe Fawcett, and Richard Granville have won a YCKO. All six members of Gad Chadha’s team took part.
The winning team received a £1000 prize; the runners‑up £400.
Team Callaghan is eligible for a play‑off match against the team winning the 2017 London Championship Teams‑of‑Four to decide who will represent London in the 2018 Lederer invitation tournament.
The two teams through to the late‑running 48‑board final of the YCKO 2015-2016 are Callaghan (who beat Jones in their semifinal match) and Chadha (who beat Black). The team that wins the final is expected to be eligible for a play‑off match against the team winning the 2017 London Championship Teams of Four to decide which team will represent London in the 2018 Lederer invitation tournament.
Club members will be sad to hear of the death of Sheila Peers at the age of 99. Sheila was a regular at the club until a few years ago, mainly playing with her husband Brian, both fine players. A little deaf, Sheila could often be heard berating Brian in stentorian tones! After his death she moved out of London to be nearer her family, where she continued to play bridge regularly at Chichester Bridge Cub. She died on 9th January 2017.
The Channel Trophy, the junior international tournament between England, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, was hosted by the EBU this year at the club from Friday 16th through Sunday 18th December 2016. Events were in three categories — Under 26, Under 26 Women, and Under 21. Baroness Henig of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Bridge, presented the cup to the U26 winners.
The winners of the U26 were the Netherlands.
The winners of the U26 Women were the Netherlands.
The winners of the U21 were France.
The Autumn 2016 ladder has just finished. It ran for 39 sessions from Monday 12th September through Friday 9th December, taking into account scores from just the advanced duplicates on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.
Ranking is by average of the ten best scores with four different partners. (Friday IMP scores are converted to percentages for ladder purposes; the Cross-IMPs page explains how.)
The prize fund was £1,000. Congratulations to the winner on 59.90%, Niall Igoe, who received £500.
The rest of the prize fund is to be divided amongst those (apart from club manager Nick Sandqvist who has once again passed on his own prize) in the next few places. A minor problem with the runners-up scores as currently presented means a small recalculation will be necessary. Watch this space.
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