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Special Offers

Discounted Session Fees on Thursday Evenings until 18 April.


The Club

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The Young Chelsea offers frequent duplicate bridge games for members and visitors, and regular bridge lessons for beginners and improvers.


EBU Affilated Club

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; matchpoint duplicate pairs—24–26 boards.


Thursdays at 1.00pm; matchpoint duplicate pairs—finishing before 5.00pm.


Friday evenings at 7.30pm; our classic  cross‑IMP duplicate pairs.


†: If there are sufficiently few tables, Cross‑IMP scoring instead of matchpoints will apply.


More detailed calendar of events



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 2018 tournament started in March 2018. Team rosters and the draw are on the YC Knockout 2018 page, on which results appear when available.



London Super League

The London Super League (LSL) is a teams‑of‑four league launched by erstwhile 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 ten teams in Division One. After each season the top two teams in Division Two are promoted, while the bottom two teams in the Division One 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.) Division One matches are currently held on Wednesdays and Division Two matches on Tuesdays.


Anyone interested in playing in the LSL can obtain more information from the LSL website, or by getting in touch with Nick Sandqvist via the club.




The Young Chelsea has traditionally run an Autumn ladder each year, typically from September through December. A new development in 2019 is a Spring ladder from January through April. There is a prize fund for the leading players.



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Page last updated 16 December 2018


Coming Attractions


One‑day opening between Christmas and New Year—regular afternoon duplicate and an evening matchpoint duplicate too on Thursday 27 December.


YCBC Spring ladder—starts Monday 14 January.


London Superleague for Spring 2019—Division One starts Wednesday 16 January; Division Two starts Tuesday 15 January.


Fast Track course of eight weekly lessons—from Tuesday 22 January.


YCBC Pivot Teams—Sunday 27 January at 12.00 noon. Poster. View or register online.


YCBC Mixed Pairs—Saturday 9 February at 2.00pm. Poster. View or register online.


YCBC Open Teams Challenge—weekend 2 & 3 March. Start at 11.00am each day. View or register online.




A Gift from the East by Young Chelsea

Thanks to Maciej Sczczerczak for lending the club another old issue of Chelsea Bridge, the club newsletter. (Perhaps he kept the issue for its reference to a confused Pole.) Newsletter scans are available via the history page. The newly added issue is Summer 1992.


Autumn Ladder 2018 Winner by Young Chelsea
Young Chelsea Autumn Ladder 2018 Medallists at the Christmas Party—Chris Duckworth (bronze), Carrie Eden (gold), Sarah Bell (silver) Young Chelsea Autumn Ladder 2018 Medallists at the Christmas Party—Chris Duckworth (bronze), Carrie Eden (gold), Sarah Bell (silver)

The Autumn 2018 ladder finished on Wednesday 12 December, having run for 28 sessions, taking into account scores from the regular Monday and Wednesday duplicates.


Ranking is by average of the six best scores. To qualify for a ladder prize someone had to take part in at least three Monday sessions, at least two Wednesday sessions, at least one more Monday or Wednesday session, and play with at least three different partners. (Any duplicates scored by IMPs are converted to percentages for ladder purposes; the Cross‑IMPs page explains how.) The only three players who managed to satisfy all the criteria get prizes.


Congratulations to the winner on 56.12%, Carrie Eden, who gets first prize of £150.


Runner-up on 54.40% was last year’s winner Sarah Bell whose prize is £90.


And in third place on 53.79% was Chris Duckworth, getting £60.


Honourable mentions go to Olivia and Alan Woo, who each played in as many duplicates, twelve, as Carrie and they would have been in the frame if Wednesdays had been more convenient for them.


Autumn 2018 final ranking.


A new Spring ladder starts on Monday 14 January and covers results in Monday and Thursday evening duplicates. (Thursday evening duplicates are free throughout January as an added incentive to take part.)


Spring Saver 2019 by Young Chelsea

Spring 2019 starts early for Young Chelsea players. Regular evening duplicates move from from Wednesdays to Thursdays in the new year. (Please note that the start time on Thursdays is 7.00pm—the same as on Mondays.) And to begin with session fees for Thursday evenings are discounted.


On 27 December 2018 and throughout January 2019 Thursday evening duplicates are free for everyone.


From February 2019 through 18 April 2019, when the Spring ladder ends, Thursday evening duplicates are half‑price (except, of course, for students/juniors who pay nothing as usual).


Young Chelsea Half Marathon December 2018—Report by Young Chelsea
YC Half Marathon December 2018—Winners Heather Dhondy & Brian Callaghan YC Half Marathon December 2018—Winners Heather Dhondy & Brian Callaghan

The Young Chelsea held a 12‑hour half marathon on Saturday 1 December. The event was matchpointed over three sessions and a total of 88 deals. Twenty‑three pairs took part.


Congratulations to the winners Heather Dhondy & Brian Callaghan who finished on 57.90% in a closely contested race. They picked up the £400 first prize.


The overall ranking and individual session results are on Pianola:





In second place, getting £150, were Rob Cliffe & Brian McGuire on 56.53%.


And in third place, getting £100, were Stefano Tommasini & Sebastian Kristensen on 55.17%.


Thanks to Margaret and Martin Nygren for their generous sponsorship of the entry fees of the junior players, to David Muller for devising the movement and donating his time as tournament director, and to the staff at the club for their work behind the scenes keeping the contestants fed and watered.


Young Chelsea Weekend Events in 2019 by Young Chelsea

The Young Chelsea committee has produced a provisional calendar of special events to be held at the club on Saturdays, Sundays, or whole weekends in 2019. More events, particularly in the second half of the year, will be added in due course. Please save the dates in your diary. You will find the events in the calendar, but note that exact timings have not been finalised for every one of them.



Christmas Closing Schedule 2018 by Young Chelsea
Xmas Tree

Friday 21 December will be the last day before Christmas on which the club will be open, when there will be the usual cross‑IMP duplicate at 7.30pm.


Between Christmas and the New Year the club will be open for bridge on one day: Thursday 27 December. In addition to the regular Thursday afternoon duplicate at 1.00pm, there will be a matchpointed Thursday evening duplicate at 7.00pm. Please come along and take part if you are in London and not playing in the EBU Year End Swiss Pairs.


The new year will kick off with a supervised play session at 1.00pm on Wednesday 2 January 2019. (Regular duplicates move from Wednesday evenings to Thursday evenings in the new year, so there will be no session on the Wednesday evening.)


Classes for Intermediate and Aspiring Players—January through March 2019 by Young Chelsea

We are continuing with more of our Sunday afternoon lessons for intermediate and aspiring players in the new year. The lessons start at 2.00pm and will finish at around 5.00pm.



YCBC Ladies Swiss Teams 2018—Report by Young Chelsea
YC Ladies Swiss Teams 2018 Winners—The Weak Link (Trine Binderkrantz, Nadia Bekkouche, Maja Rom Anjer, Stine Holmøy) YC Ladies Swiss Teams 2018 Winners—The Black Ewes (Trine Binderkrantz, Nadia Bekkouche, Maja Rom Anjer, Stine Holmøy)

After the success of the inaugural event in 2017, the event was held for the second time over the weekend 10 & 11 November 2018. Club committee member Paula Leslie, organiser of the event, induced 20 teams to enter this year—up by four teams from last year. And she persuaded the tournament director from last year, Jonathan Lillycrop, to come back for a repeat performance.


Congratulations to the winning team The Black Ewes (Trine Binderkrantz, Nadia Bekkouche, Maja Rom Anjer, Stine Holmøy) on 142 VPs (with 100 being average over the ten rounds). Prize money for first place was £1,400.


Full results may be found both on the YC website and on the eventsinlondon section on BridgeWebs. More pictures are posted on the Young Chelsea facebook group.



Regular Duplicates to Move from Wednesday to Thursday in 2019 by Young Chelsea

Over the last few years attendance at Wednesday duplicates has dwindled to the point that it is marginally viable. The club still has plenty of people who come in to play matches on Wednesdays and that is especially true of Wednesdays when the thriving London Superleague (LSL) is held. But those who play in the LSL, for instance, do not have the opportunity to play in a midweek duplicate too.


Starting in the new year, duplicates will be held on Thursday evenings instead of Wednesday evenings. The first Thursday evening duplicate will take place on Thursday 3 January. Start time will move a half hour earlier to 7.00pm and scoring will still be by matchpoints.


The club apologises for the inconvenience to anyone who has already arranged a Wednesday evening game in the new year.


Young Chelsea Bidding Quiz 2018 by Young Chelsea

Each month, we will have a new online quiz, consisting of six hands to bid. A panel of experts, from the YC, and other international players will also bid the hand with comments. Scores are then awarded to all the bids made. After six months, the highest ranking YC contestants play a challenge match on BBO versus the panel. Annual prizes are awarded at the end of the year.





For less‑current news see the news page.



In Progress


London Superleague for Autumn 2018—Division One started Wednesday 29 August; Division Two started Tuesday 28 August.


YCKO 2018—Round Three is complete. Teams should try to play their Round Four matches by 9 December (before Christmas gets going in earnest).


Young Chelsea Bidding Quiz—New monthly competition in 2018.