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 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.
Thursdays at 1.00pm; Social Matchpoint duplicate.
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).
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 2015-2016 tournament is underway with matches in round 3 due to be played by the end of April 2016. More information, the draw and results are on the YC Knockout 2015-2016 page.
London Super League
The London Super League (LSL) is a teams-of-four league launched by 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 10 teams in the first division. After each ‘season’ the top two teams in the second division go up to the first, while the bottom two teams in the first division 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.) First division matches are currently held on Wednesdays and second division matches on Tuesdays.
Anyone interested in playing in the LSL can obtain more information from the LSL website, or by speaking to Nick Sandqvist at 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 16th October 2016
YCKO Matches — Round five play by date was notionally Wednesday 31st August (matches now mostly completed).
YC Ladder — Autumn 2016 — started Monday 12th September and runs for 39 duplicates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, to finish on Friday 9th December.
London Super League — Autumn 2016 — Division 1 started Wednesday 14th September, to finish on Wednesday 21st December, and Division 2 started Tuesday 13th September, to finish on Tuesday 20th December.
Quiz Night — Thursday 20th October at 7.00pm.
YC Half Marathon — Autumn 2016 — Saturday 12th November at 11.00am — 12-hour matchpointed pairs tournament with an £800 first prize.
YC Christmas Party 2016 — Saturday 10th December at 7.00pm.
The club is very proud to host the finals of the Gold Cup, the British knockout teams event, on the weekend of 8th–9th October. The semi-finals are on Saturday and the final is on Sunday. Play is scheduled to start at around 10am and finish at around 9pm on each day. Why not come along and watch some of the best players in the country in action?
Congratulations to the YC members listed below who did well in the recent EBU Crockfords Cup and Plate finals, held over the weekend 24th–25th September 2016. Crockfords is England’s knockout teams championship which culminates in an all-play-all eight-team final. The plate is for teams knocked out in early rounds of the cup.
- Colin Simpson (with David Mossop [captain], Alex Hydes, Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett and David Price) — winners of the Crockfords Cup – the principal event
- Mike Bell — and in earlier rounds David Gold and Andrew Robson — (with Alexander Allfrey [captain], David Bakhshi and Tony Forrester) — 2nd in the Crockfords Cup
- Nevena Senior (with Sandra Penfold [captain], Brian Senior, Tom Paske and Ed Jones ) — 3rd in the Crockfords Cup
- Brian Ransley [captain], Michael Davis and Brian McGuire (with Ben Ritacca — and in earlier rounds John Wilmott) — winners of the Crockfords Plate
- Jerry Cope, Alan Kay, Francis Morton — and in earlier rounds Anthony Golding [captain] (with Uday Hegde and David Walker) — 2nd in the Crockfords Plate
Those of you who come to the club outside the normal arrival times may sometimes find the gate from the main road closed. This is to provide security for the students who live in the flats above the club. There is an intercom system installed to the left of the gate, so if you find you can’t get in, just buzz on this and you will be given admittance.
Congratulations to Young Chelsea member Paula Leslie, who did so well in the World Bridge Games, held in Wrocław, Poland, in September 2016. Paula, as well as being a fine player, labours mightily for the club as treasurer on the management committee. When the call comes, she spins around to emerge in the uniform of her country. This year she represented Scotland in the Women’s Teams event in the World Bridge Games.
Scotland [Paula Leslie, Sam Punch, Elizabeth (Liz) McGowan, Fiona McQuaker, Anne Symons, and Helen Kane] finished fourth, behind USA (first), France (second), and China (third). It was the highest placed finish of any of the Home Nations in any of the teams events (Open, Women’s, Senior’s, and Mixed) this year.
The club will be hosting a series of one-day Club Tournament Director Courses this autumn. These will provide a great opportunity for club members who are interested in getting into tournament direction, or who would just like a better understanding of the laws of the game, to attend these useful one-day sessions.
The courses are scheduled as follows:
Essentials — Sunday 2nd October
Book Rulings — Sunday 16th October
Judgement Rulings — Sunday 6th November
Assessment — Sunday 11th December
Courses normally start at 10.30am and finish at around 4.00pm. They cost £45 for EBU members for each of the first three courses and £54 for the Assessment Course. Places should be booked through the EBU Competitions Department — email@example.com.
The London Super League (LSL) is run by YC club manager Nick Sandqvist on fixed dates at the YC. (The LSL, despite its name, is not a LMBA event.)
The Autumn 2016 season is expected to run as two divisions as the Spring 2016 season did. Division 1 will contain ten teams and play nine matches starting on Wednesday 14th September and continuing on Wednesdays at 2-week intervals and finishing with three Wednesdays in a row on 21st December.
Division 2 will contain the remaining teams. As the number of teams in division 2 is not yet known, the schedule is provisional. At present it is planned to hold matches from Tuesday 13th September through Tuesday 20th December in the same weeks as the division 1 matches.
For more news see the news page.