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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 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; matchpoint duplicate pairs—24–26 boards.


Thursdays at 1.00pm; matchpoint duplicate pairs—finishing before 5.00pm.


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 late‑running YC Knockout 2017, has only the final to play.)



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 duplicates on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays count. There is a substantial prize fund for the leading players.



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Page last updated 6 August 2018


Special Offers


Spring Saver starts 26 February. Play in Monday and Wednesday sessions for £5.00 provided you have played in a session in the previous six days.



Coming Attractions


London Superleague for Autumn 2018—Division One starts Wednesday 29 August; Division Two starts Tuesday 28 August.


Fast Track course of eight weekly lessons—starts Tuesday, 25 September.


YCBC Ladies Swiss Teams—Weekend 10 & 11 November. 10.30am start on the Saturday. Poster.






Club Opening in 2018—Extra Days by Young Chelsea

In a break with tradition, the club will additionally hold its regular weekly duplicates on some English bank holidays, and a day between Christmas and New Year.


The club will be open in a month’s time on the Summer bank holiday—Monday, 27 August 2018. If you have not already made other plans, please mark this in your diary and come along to the duplicate.


The club will be open between Christmas and New Year on Friday, 28 December 2018. If you decide against the EBU Year End Swiss Pairs (over the Thursday and Friday), the regular cross‑IMP duplicate is a less taxing alternative.


Classes for Intermediate and Aspiring Players 2018 by Louisa Spawls

Over the next three Sundays, we are running a series of afternoon lessons for intermediate and aspiring players. The lessons start at 2.00pm and will finish at 4.30pm.


Topics covered will be:


29 July

  • Upgrade your Acol Bidding System to Benji
  • Weak 2 Bids in the Majors and Their Defence


5 August

  • Opening Leads—How to Improve Them!


12 August

  • Stayman and Transfers—Are You Making Their Best Use?


For these classes, there will be a short discussion on the topic (about 30 minutes). Then there will be set hand for the participants to play with supervision. The table money for the above, to include tea/coffee and biscuits is £5.00, payable on the afternoon with students being charged a nominal £2.00.


Sessions are open to ALL bridge players. Notes on each of the topics will be provided to all participants, as well as a copy of the hands played. If the above classes are well attended, then from mid‑September more classes will be scheduled to cover the following topics:

  • Defence to a 1NT Opening
  • The Use of Doubles in Bidding
  • Signals in Defence
  • Michaels and Splinters
  • Slam Bidding


Thereafter, from early November it is intended to run a “gentle duplicate” bridge session on a Sunday afternoon once a month from 2.00pm to 5.00pm, playing 18–20 pre‑duplicated hands with supervision.


Please do come along and learn some new skills or refresh your existing knowledge. In addition, please pass this information on to friends and family, or even just casual acquaintances, who may be interested.


Looking forward to seeing you there…

David Gold Workshop 2018—Report by Carrie Eden
David Gold with Prizewinner Nigel Clayton

David Gold with Prizewinner Nigel Clayton

A tremendous time was had on 12 July at David Gold’s fascinating seminar which included some very interesting hands. Nigel Clayton won first prize of a duplicate game with David Gold. Many thanks to David Gold for his support of the club, the staff for their catering and preparing the hands and to the 22 members who turned up to this remarkable evening. This was the last of this summer’s Golden Anniversary events and the club was pleased to present David with a limited‑edition souvenir Golden Mug as thanks. David first played at the YC when he was a 15‑year‑old junior and has great memories of the Barkston Gardens days. He will add to the memory book shortly.

John Simpson RIP by Young Chelsea

We are very sad to report that John Simpson, a member of the Young Chelsea Bridge Club for over 20 years, died earlier this year. He used to play at the club with Virginia Manch, but he had not attended for a few years as he had cancer. He died on 22 March 2018. Our sympathies go to his wife, family, and friends.

Thursday Afternoon Duplicate Summer Suspension by Louisa Spawls

We have decided to suspend Thursday afternoons till after the summer, as we can’t compete with the sunshine… We have gradually pulled in more people to play, and had quite a few foreign visitors but we need to be a bit stronger before we can survive the summer lull… Hopefully next year.


Please put 6 September in your diary—our next Thursday afternoon duplicate. Meanwhile, why not come to either Monday or Wednesday evenings?

Spring Saver 2018 by Young Chelsea

From Monday 26 February, you can play on Monday and Wednesday evenings for just £5.00 per session, as long as you have played in one of our weekly duplicates in the previous six days. That means that you can play four times a week at the club for just £25.00, or even three times a week for £15.00 (not including Fridays). It’s a special offer, rather than a long term change in policy, but we’ll see how it goes. It’s a very good reason to start coming to the club more often…

Young Chelsea Bidding Quiz 2018 by Young Chelsea

Each month, we will have a new online quiz, consisting of six hands to bid. A panel of experts, from the YC, and other international players will also bid the hand with comments. Scores are then awarded to all the bids made. After six months, the highest ranking YC contestants play a challenge match on BBO versus the panel. Annual prizes are awarded at the end of the year.


Young Chelsea Weekend Events in 2018 by Young Chelsea

Young Chelsea tournament committee members, led by Brian McGuire, have put together a schedule of club events to be held Saturdays, Sundays, or whole weekends. Some of the events are old favourites; others are new. Please save the dates in your diary. You will find the events in the calendar, but note that exact timings have not been finalised for every one of them.




For less‑current news see the news page.



In Progress



YCKO 2018—Round Two is complete. Teams should now arrange their Round Three matches. (The undefeated pool draw will be available very soon.)


Young Chelsea Bidding Quiz—New monthly competition in 2018.


YCKO 2017—The Round Eight final draw is up. The date for the final is yet to be agreed. The club hopes to feature the final on BBO.