The Young Chelsea offers frequent duplicate bridge games for members and visitors, and regular bridge lessons for beginners and improvers. It 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 Weekly Events
(Except on bank holidays 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 duplicates.
Sundays 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).
The Young Chelsea Knock-Out is a teams tournament in which a team is not knocked out until it has lost two matches. The 2015-2016 tournament is underway with round 1 matches due to be played by the end of 2015. More information, the draw and results are on the YC Knock-Out 2015-2016 page.
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This page last updated 8th February 2016
Beginners and Improvers Courses of Lessons — start from Thursday 21st, Tuesday 19th January (afternoons) and Tuesday 2nd February (evenings), each course running for eight weeks.
Improve Your Bridge Game with Phil King – Seminar 3 — Thursday 18th February.
England Young Women’s Bridge Squad Training Weekend — Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st February.
EBU National Pairs Regional Final Two-Session Pairs Qualifier at Various Venues — Sunday 13th March.
EBU Portland Pairs Two-Session Mixed Pairs at Various Venues — Sunday 20th March.
The YC hosted this popular LMBA one-session simple system event aimed at less experienced players on Sunday 31st January.
A few players who had turned up for the regular Sunday friendly duplicate joined in, so that there were 26 pairs in the field.
The winners by a small margin were Jason Crampton and Sam Oestreicher. Well done to them, as they successfully defended their win in the same event last year. Next year they promise to play in different partnerships to give everyone else a chance.
Any female bridge players aged under 25 would be welcome to join the first England Young Women’s Bridge Squad training weekend. It will be held at the Young Chelsea on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st February. Timings are expected to be from 12.00 noon until 6.00pm on Saturday and from 10.30am until 4.30pm on Sunday. If you would be interested in taking part, please contact squad leader Sally Brock.
The Young Chelsea hosted the Lady Milne trials (to select pairs for the women’s home internationals) over three days from Friday 22nd January to Sunday 24th January. The regular Friday cross-IMP pairs took place in the match room, while the trialists occupied the Warwick and lesson rooms.
The top three pairs in the trials finshed a few IMPs apart. The top two are guaranteed selection for the England Lady Milne team. EBU selectors determine the remaining pair on the team. Full results may be found on the EBU website.
Congratulations to the winners Helen Erichsen and Fiona Brown.
… a bridge seminar – ‘More on Pre-empts’.
This is the third in a series of seminars given by Phil King, continuing the coverage of pre-emptive bids.
Schedule: Thursday 18th February 2016 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Price: £20 members; £25 non-members; £15 Students
- Workshop based seminar
- Light refreshments
- And lots of fun and enjoyment
Phil King is ranked as one of the best players in the country (Ace of Spades on the EBU NGS rating scheme). He is a teacher, author, analyst and an expert player. He has coached many of the top international players and played for England on many occasions.
Please sign up on the notice board at the club. Any enquires contact Gad Chadha on firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new programme of activities for beginners and improvers is starting in January. As well as the “Club” and “Diamond” courses for new learners and the ongoing twice-weekly supervised play sessions, we are expanding the programme of play sessions for the less experienced. The occasional Sunday afternoon “Friendly Bridge” duplicates will be extended to every Sunday, starting in the New Year. (more…)
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