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The Club

Bridge session in the Warwick Room

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 all our events there are awards of EBU Master Points and your results count towards your EBU National Grading Scheme ranking.

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 (individual players welcome—partners will be provided) at 7.00pm; duplicate pairs—24–26 deals.


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 2020 tournament starts in November 2019. Team rosters and the draw are on the YC Knockout 2020 page, on which results appear when available.


The final of the previous season’s event between teams BLACK and TELTSCHER has yet to be played.


Super League

The Super League is a teams‑of‑four league running twice each year with all matches played at the YC. 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.) All matches are currently held on Wednesdays.



The Young Chelsea runs an Autumn ladder each year, typically from September through December.


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 17 January 2020

Results for the Ladies Swiss Teams 23 & 24 November 2019.



Young Chelsea Super League—Spring 2020

Updated 16 January 2020

The Young Chelsea Super League (YCSL) format has been arranged by Organizing Committee (SLOC).

  • All ten teams which qualified from last season’s super league (the top eight from Division One and the top two promoted from Division Two) have opted to join the YCSL. They plus two new highest ranked teams (De Botton, Leslie) form Division One which therefore exceptionally has twelve teams.
  • Division One teams start on Wednesday 22 January, play every other week until the penultimate round on 27 May, and finish one week later on 3 June (eleven matches). Teams: Black, Huggins, RGBA, Hinden, Jones, McGuire, Hillman, Rusty, Phoenix, Martin, De Botton, Leslie.
  • Division Two plays alongside Division One, starts two weeks later on Wednesday 5 February, ends 27 May, and has eight matches. (Each team has one round off.) Teams: Natt, Lawrence, Newman, Harris, Lehto, Hatstand, NewKids, Totah, Robinson.
  • There will be ten matches in play on every Division Two date. That is 80 players, logistically towards the maximum the club can feed at half time (we envisage Division One eating in the teaching room, Division Two in the bar, but this may change).
  • Prize money will be announced before the start date.
  • After this season, four teams will go down from Division One, two up from Division Two, to achieve a more manageable ten teams in Division One in the Autumn season. (So Division Two teams have a better chance of promotion than if the numbers in each division were equal, but Division One teams are worse off.)


If there are any weeks you know your team will need to reschedule please tell us now, via email to the club. Where possible, where two teams from a division need to reschedule in the same week we will try to schedule them to meet that week, to minimise the number of matches that need rescheduling.

SLOC members are: Brian Callaghan, David Muller (both on the YC management committee), Jonathan Lillycrop (YCSL Tournament Director), François Picard, and Gordon Rainsford.

If you wish to help make this event a success, please come forward to the SLOC. We welcome and need your help.

We thank you for your participation and hope you enjoy this new league.

The Draw



Move to BridgeWebs

In the near future, the Young Chelsea will be switching to a BridgeWebs website. Benefits from the move are:

  • The cost to the club will be lower
  • It will be easier for us to keep up to date
  • It looks better on mobile phones

The new website is Please have a look round, bear with us while we smooth out the rough edges, and let us know what you think.

In future results will be loaded to Pianola (as now) and to BridgeWebs. We will not be dropping Pianola, so you have a choice of which you prefer.

When we switch over early in the new year, the “” address will take you to the new site



Coming Attractions


Super League Division One—the Spring season division One matches begin on Wednesday 22 January at 7.30pm and continue at two‑weekly intervals until the penultimate match on 27 May. The last match of the season is one week later on 3 June. The Draw.

Charity duplicate—at the Roehampton club (not the YC) in memory of Norrie Buxton on Monday 27 January at 1.30pm.


Super League Division Two—the Spring season division Two matches begin on Wednesday 5 February and continue alongside division One at two‑weekly intervals, finishing on 13 May. The Draw.


In Progress

YCKO 2020—the draw is published and Round Two matches (undefeated pool only) are due to be played.


The New Goldhawks League—for those who don’t take the game quite so seriously begins on Thursday 9 January at 7.00pm and continues weekly thereafter. Poster.


Goldhawks Bridge for Beginners—a series of eight weekly lessons in the evenings from Thursday 9 January at 7.00pm.



YCKO 2019–2020 by Young Chelsea

The 2019–2020 Young Chelsea Knockout starts in November this year, and 25 teams have entered. (See the draw and rosters.) We are keeping the popular double‑elimination format, but new for this year is that we give you a designated playing date—a Thursday. With more matches being played on the same night, interesting discussions about the hands may take place afterwards. If you can’t make the designated Thursday you’ll have about two weeks on either side of it to arrange the match. There’ll be a first prize of a minimum of £800 for the winning team, and we’re hoping that they’ll be invited to—or get a chance to play off for—the prestigious Lederer Memorial Trophy.



National Inter-Club Knockout Competition by Nick Sandqvist

The club has done very well in the NICKO 2018–2019 and will win the trophy! Susanna Gross’s team (Mike Bell, Phil King, Paul Russell, & Richard Bowdery) will face James Thrower’s squad (Ali Ahmed, Andrew McIntosh, Neil Rosen, Szczepan Smoczyński, & Joe Fawcett) in the final.


We have thirteen teams playing in this year’s competition. We wish them all good luck and will keep you posted on their progress.



Update 15 December 2019


Winners of the NICKO 2018–2019 final, Young Chelsea L—playing were Neil Rosen, James Thrower, Andrew McIntosh, Ali Ahmed Winners of the NICKO 2018–2019 final, Young Chelsea L—playing were Neil Rosen, James Thrower, Andrew McIntosh, Ali Ahmed

The teams played their 48‑deal final on Saturday 14 December. Congratulations to the Young Chelsea L squad which won by 11 IMPs.



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