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Special Offers

Higher Fees for Visitors Suspended until 31 December.


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.


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 runs an Autumn ladder each year, typically from September through December. There is a prize fund for the leading players.



Give us your Email!

The easiest and most efficient way for us to keep in touch with you, and to inform you of forthcoming events, is by email. If you don’t receive emails from us, we probably don’t have a current email address for you. To update your email details on our database, click here and send the email.



Page last updated 14 November 2018


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YCBC Ladies Swiss Teams—Weekend 10 & 11 November. 10.30am start on the Saturday. Poster. Results on





Autumn Ladder 2018—Mondays and Wednesdays from Monday 3 September through Wednesday 12 December. (Through 12 November the prize fund stands at over £290.00 and one person has so far qualified for a prize, so there is much to play for.)



Coming Attractions


Children in Need Charity Pairs—Monday 12 November and Wednesday 14 November.


YCBC Half Marathon—Saturday 1 December. 11.00am start and about 11.00pm finish. Poster. View or register online.


LMBA Men’s & Women’s IMP Pairs—Sunday 2 December at 2.00pm.


LMBA “No Fear” Pairs for the Palmer Bayer Trophy—Sunday 2 December at 2.00pm.


YCBC Christmas Party—Saturday 15 December. Poster. View or register online.


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


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.





Children in Need Charity Pairs 2018 by Young Chelsea

We will be holding Children in Need Charity Pairs on Monday 12 November and Wednesday 14 November. Please come along and compete in these simultaneous pairs events organised by ECatsBridge. We will charge you the regular session fee while contributing to the charity.


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 probably remain at 7.30pm 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.


Old Issues of Chelsea Bridge by Young Chelsea

Thanks to Neil and Christine Tomkin for unearthing more old issues of Chelsea Bridge, the club newsletter. Scans of the newsletters are available via the history page. The newly added issues are June 1972 (the very first), May 1986, and June 1987.


Christmas Party 2018 by Young Chelsea
Young Chelsea Christmas Tree

Now is the time to save the date of the Young Chelsea Christmas Party, which will be held on Saturday 15 December.


Reserve your place now by signing up on the club’s noticeboard, emailing the club, or registering online.


The inclusive price is £25 per member (£30 per guest), which includes two free drinks.





YCBC Ladies Swiss Teams—November 2018 by Paula Leslie

The Young Chelsea Bridge Club is delighted to present its second Ladies Swiss Teams. This event will be held at the club over the weekend 10 & 11 November 2018. There will be ten rounds of ten‑board matches, with the first six matches on the Saturday and the last four on the Sunday. The event starts at 10.30am on the Saturday and finishes at 4.30pm on the Sunday. (Play on the Saturday is estimated to finish around 7.30pm. Play on the Sunday starts at 10.00am.) There will be a break of around 45 minutes for lunch on each day. (There will be a buffet lunch supplied on each day, and a reception at the end of play on the Sunday.)





Classes for Intermediate and Aspiring Players—September through November 2018 by Young Chelsea

We are running a further series of Sunday afternoon lessons for intermediate and aspiring players. The lessons start at 2.00pm and will finish at around 5.00pm.



Young Chelsea Half Marathon—Autumn 2018 by Young Chelsea

The Young Chelsea will hold a half marathon pairs event using matchpoint scoring on Saturday 1 December 2018.


Reserve your place now by signing up on the club’s noticeboard, emailing the club, or registering online.





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.



Young Chelsea Weekend Events in 2018 by Young Chelsea

Young Chelsea tournament committee members, led by Brian McGuire, have put together a schedule of club events to be held Saturdays, Sundays, or whole weekends. Some of the events are old favourites; others are new. 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.





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.


Thursday Afternoon Duplicates Resumed—Thursday 6 September.


YCKO 2018—Round Three is, except for one match, 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.