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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. 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.


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).


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 2017 tournament starts in January 2017. Team rosters and the draw are on the YC Knockout 2017 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, 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 17 October 2017


Special Announcement


New Young  Chelsea Manager Appointed—Louisa Spawls.



Coming Attractions


YCBC Marathon—Saturday & Sunday, 28 & 29 October. Traditional 24‑hour matchpoint pairs marathon. Players may enter as pairs or threesomes. Start on the Saturday is 12.00 noon. The closing date for fully‑paid entries is Wednesday, 25 October. Poster here.


YC Open Teams Challenge for the Hecht Cup—Saturday & Sunday, 2 & 3 December. Back as part of the fiftieth‑year celebrations. Multiple‑teams qualifier on the Saturday; semifinals, finals, and consolation event on the Sunday. 11.00am start each day.


Christmas Party—Saturday, 16 December. Bridge starts 6.00pm.


Fiftieth Anniversary Duplicate—Tuesday, 8 May 2018. Start time 7.00pm.



In Progress


Beginners, Improvers, and Fast‑Track Eight‑Week Bridge Courses—The Autumn 2017 schedule features a new fast‑track course as well as the popular club and diamond courses. The fast‑track course starts on Tuesday, 26 September at 7.00pm, the club course starts on Thursday, 28 September at 7.30pm, and the diamond course starts on Tuesday, 26 September at 1.00pm. Poster here. English Bridge Education & Development Video here.


Autumn Ladder—Monday, 11 September through Friday, 15 December. Traditional ladder over 42 sessions. New prize structure guarantees a prize to a student member. Current ranking here.


YCKO 2017—Round Five underway. Ideally to be completed by 31 October 2017.


London Super League—Autumn 2017—Teams league with matches held on specific days. Division One starts on Wednesday, 30 August and finishes on Wednesday, 13 December. Division Two starts on Tuesday, 12 September and finishes on Tuesday, 12 December.




LMBA Men’s Pairs & Women’s Pairs 2017—Report by Young Chelsea
LMBA Men's Pairs 2017—Winners David Muller & Trevor Mathews

LMBA Men’s Pairs 2017—Winners David Muller & Trevor Mathews

The Young Chelsea hosted the LMBA Men’s Pairs and Women’s Pairs on Sunday, 15 October. There were nine pairs in the women’s event and eight pairs in the men’s. The IMP‑scored events were combined into a single all‑play‑all field, with separate winners for the women and the men. This arrangement meant the women avoided having to sit out for four deals.


The men’s winners, topping the entire field on 87.62 IMPs, were David Muller & Trevor Mathews. They picked up a £40 prize.


LMBA Women's Pairs 2017—Winners Catherine Seale & Anne Rosen

LMBA Women’s Pairs 2017—Winners Catherine Seale & Anne Rosen

The women’s winners, on 56.08 IMPs, were Catherine Seale & Anne Rosen. They also picked up a £40 prize.



LMBA Mixed Pairs 2017—Report by Young Chelsea
LMBA Mixed Pairs 2017—Winners Tony Ye & Qian Li

LMBA Mixed Pairs 2017—Winners Tony Ye & Qian Li

The Young Chelsea hosted the LMBA Mixed Pairs on Sunday, 1 October. In a triumph of youth over experience, the winners on 60.77% were Tony Ye & Qian Li. They picked up a £60 prize (in an impressively oversized Young Chelsea envelope).


Runners‑up were Victor Silverstone & Brigid Battiscombe on 59.68%. Third place went to Chris Duckworth & Brian Callaghan on 58.77%.


The LMBA website has the full results.

Enhancements to Monday Pairs Sessions during Autumn 2017 by Young Chelsea

From Monday, 2 October on each Monday until the Christmas and New Year break, the Young Chelsea will be re‑introducing its popular post‑session discussions led by an expert. You are welcome to stay on after the Monday session, and exchange views on the deals just played with a top-ranked player. The expert lined up for 2 October is renowned international and erstwhile club manager Nick Sandqvist.


And the Autumn Ladder now also has a couple of “Binkie Bonus” prizes, aimed particularly at those who play on Mondays.



New Manager at the Young Chelsea by Mike Eden
Louisa Spawls—Club Manager

Louisa Spawls—Club Manager

The Young Chelsea Management Committee is delighted to announce Louisa Spawls has been appointed to manage the club. I am sure you would like to join the committee in wishing her well, and I am sure you will get to meet her very soon. She has come to us as a relatively new bridge player but with a wealth of experience in managing a bridge club and with plenty of interesting ideas to further improve our club. She starts today and Nick will be working alongside her for the next month or more as she settles into running the club. If you feel there is any way you can offer help please contact her at the club. We look forward to seeing you very soon at the club.

Golden Anniversary Retro Party by Young Chelsea

As part of its fiftieth‑year celebrations, the club will hold a retro‑duplicate party on Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 50 years to the day from the first ever Young Chelsea duplicate. Start time 7.00pm.


Save the date!

Christmas Party 2017 by Young Chelsea

YCxmastree300by360Now is the time to save the date of the Young Chelsea Christmas Party, which will be held on Saturday, 16 December.


YC Open Teams Challenge 2017 for the Hecht Cup by Young Chelsea

As part of the Young Chelsea’s fiftieth‑year celebrations, the YC Open Teams Challenge for the Hecht Cup will be held over the weekend, 2 & 3 December 2017. Well‑known club member and philanthropist, Gitte Hecht‑Johansen, generously provides sponsorship for this event.


As in previous years, a two‑session multiple‑teams on the Saturday will qualify the top four teams for a first session semifinal knockout match and a second session final match held on the Sunday. The leading team will have choice of semifinal opponents from the teams that finished third or fourth.


Non‑qualifiers play in a two‑session consolation multiple‑teams on the Sunday. Any team which wishes to play only in the consolation event on the Sunday is welcome to do so.


On each day, session start times will be 11.00am and 3.00pm, and the finish time is expected to be around 7.00pm.


Autumn Ladder 2017 by Young Chelsea

Come along to the duplicates in our Monday‑Wednesday‑Friday Autumn Ladder 2017. The ladder begins on Monday, 11 September and runs over 42 sessions through Friday, 15 December (the day before the YC Christmas Party). To be in line for a prize, you need to play with at least four different partners, and in at least ten sessions. One innovation this year will be a prize for the leading student member.

Young Chelsea Marathon—Autumn 2017 by Young Chelsea

Reserve the last weekend in October!


As part of its fiftieth‑year celebrations, the Young Chelsea is once more to hold a traditional marathon pairs event using matchpoint scoring. The 24‑hour event will take place over Saturday & Sunday, 28 & 29 October 2017.




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