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


The 2019–2020 event begins in November.



London Super League

The London Super League (LSL) is a teams‑of‑four league launched by YC bridge functions 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 at the club.




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 16 October 2019



World Bridge Championships

Congratulations to all the club members who represented us in the World Bridge Team Championships in China. All four England teams did brilliantly. David Muller’s Seniors Team won the silver medal in the d’Orsi Trophy, Nicola SmithNevena Senior, and Heather Dhondy won the bronze medal in the Venice Cup, and club regulars Sally Brock and Barry Myers finished fourth in the Mixed Teams. Commiserations to Paula Leslie, in the Scotland Women’s Team, who finished a very creditable 14th in the Venice Cup opening round, and to the England Open Team who got through to the Bermuda Bowl quarter‑finals. Check the championship website for the full results.





Coming Attractions


Young Chelsea Annual General Meeting—Thursday 17 October at 6.00pm. 2018 AGM Minutes


Goldhawks League Taster Evening—Thursday 7 November at 7.00pm.


Children in Need Charity Pairs—Evening sessions on Monday 11 November and Thursday 14 November.


Ladies Swiss Teams—Weekend 23 & 24 November. Poster.


YCKO 2019–2020—starts in November.



In Progress


Autumn Ladder (Monday and Thursday evenings)—from Monday 9 September through Thursday 12 December.


London Superleague Autumn 2019 Season—Division Two started Tuesday 27 August; Division One started Wednesday 28 August.


YCKO 2018—Team BLACK is undefeated. Teams TELTSCHER and CALLAGHAN meet in Round Seven, the semifinal.





Coming Soon—The New GOLDHAWKS LEAGUE… by Rosie White

…for beginners, returners and players who like their bridge a bit more relaxed. Season starts in January. Definitely no experts, lecturers, YC duplicate players allowed—bridge just for fun. Taster evening at the club on Thursday 7 November from 7.00pm. If you know anyone new to the game, please invite them. Let us know if you’re coming.





YCKO 2019–2020 by Nick Sandqvist

The 2019–2020 Young Chelsea Knockout will start in November this year, and entries will be accepted until the end of October. We will keep 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 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.



NICKO 2018–2019 by Nick Sandqvist

The club is doing very well in the NICKO 2018–2019 and will win a trophy! Susanna Gross’s team (Mike Bell, Phil King, Paul Russell, & Richard Bowdery) are already in the final, where they will face more YC players, either in the shape of James Thrower’s squad or the one led by Gary Jones.


There’s still time to enter the next edition of this competition; the EBU has extended the window until 7 October. Get your team mates together and then email me and I’ll enter you. I know that the EBU has recently sent out reminders to some captains who have played in the past. Please don’t worry! We simply collect all the entries and then enter you in bulk to save time—your entry will be sent to the EBU in plenty of time.



Change of Personnel by Young Chelsea

We are sad to announce that our club manager, James Thrower, is stepping down to concentrate on his career as a bridge professional and teacher. We thank James for all the work he has done for us, and we are pleased that he will still be around to help with the teaching side of the business. We look forward to working with him in the future.


We are delighted to announce the return of Nick Sandqvist who has volunteered to manage the club’s bridge functions. Meanwhile we have a number of other volunteers who will be looking after our administration, finances and premises.


The Management Committee is keen to build our membership and provide the kind of playing sessions that members want. We want to make the club the number one venue for bridge in London. We are already a favourite location for many regional and national events and we will be working to attract even more of this business.


We thank everyone for generously offering their free time to ensure we have a great future.



Another Vintage Newsletter by Young Chelsea

Another old issue of Chelsea Bridge, the club newsletter, has turned up. Newsletter scans are available via the history page. The newly added issue has no date on its front page, but was probably, to judge from the contents, published in the first half of 1993 and has been designated March 1993.



Children in Need Charity Pairs 2019 by Young Chelsea

We will be holding Children in Need Charity Pairs again this year in the evening sessions on Monday 11 November and Thursday 14 November. Please come along and compete in these simultaneous pairs events organised by ECatsBridge.



Steve Barnfield (1953–2019) by Young Chelsea
Steve Barnfield directing during a Lederer at the YCSteve Barnfield directing during a Lederer at the YC

We are very sad to report the death, in August at the age of 66, of Steve Barnfield. Older members will remember him as a regular player at the club, before he moved with his family from London to Tunbridge Wells. As well as holding a full‑time job outside of bridge, he was a successful and respected EBU tournament director.


His friend Richard Fleet has written an obituary which appears on the EBU website.


Our sympathies go to his family and friends.





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