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The YCBC Management Committee is looking to appoint an assistant to the club manager.  This would be a paid, part-time job — hours and pay negotiable.  The main areas of responsibility would be maintenance and improvement of the club premises and facilities, maintenance of the club administrative systems, member communications.


Essential qualities required for this are resourcefulness and self-motivation, practical organisational abilities, good inter-personal skills, familiarity with computer systems.  If you would be interested, or know someone who might be — not necessarily a bridge player — please contact Nick or Chris at the club.


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.  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).


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 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.



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 19th July 2016


Coming Soon


YCKO Round 4 Play-by Date — Thursday 30th June (notionally).


London Super League Autumn 2016 — Division 1 starts Wednesday 14th September and Division 2 starts Tuesday 13th September.




Where Credit is Due 19th July 2016

Members will recall that it was once possible to pay bills at the Young Chelsea by credit card.  That facility was suspended while the club was between permanent venues.  The good news is that the club has resumed taking credit card payments now.

London Super League Autumn 2016 12th July 2016

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.


The dates are in the YC calendar.  The LSL website will be updated in due course when the teams are known.  If you are interested in entering a team, please contact YC club manager Nick Sandqvist.

Nippon Club Tanabata Bridge Party 4th July 2016

Since its move to the Goldhawk Road premises, the YC has resumed hosting Nippon club duplicates on Thursdays.


The Nippon club is pleased to invite all YC members to its Tanabata Bridge Party on Thursday 7th July.


A lunch buffet will be served at 12.00 noon for 12.30pm, and bridge will commmence at 1.00pm.  Table money £7.50.


To enter, or for more information please contact club manager Nick Sandqvist.

Young Chelsea Team 5th in Garden Cities National Final 27th June 2016

A YC team took part in the national final of the Garden Cities Trophy, the inter-county championship for club teams-of-eight, at West Midlands BC in Solihull on Saturday 25thJune.


The team’s luck (it had won its previous two rounds) ran out in the final and it finished in 5th place.  Richard Creamer and Mark Davies were effective, but unable to compensate for the other team members.  Full results may be found on the EBU website.


The team comprised Chris Duckworth, Brian Callaghan, Margaret Nygren, Martin Nygren, Kath Stynes, Debbie Sandford, Richard Creamer and Mark Davies.


Clean Sweep for Barry Myers in the Keith Loveys Individual and YC Summer Party 20th June 2016
Barry Myers

Barry Myers (YC Stock Photograph)

On Saturday 18th June the annual Keith Loveys Individual was held, followed by the YC Summer Party.


The individual (results here) was won by Barry Myers.  He then went on to display his all-round ability during the party by winning the two party events.  In the general knowledge quiz he, Chris Duckworth, and Claire Robinson were the victors.  And in the speedball pairs he and Ian Payn topped the field.


Well done Barry.


London Teams of Four for the Ian Gardiner Trophy — Final 9th May 2016
Ian Gardiner Trophy 2016 Winners — Ian Payn, Chris Duckworth, Brian Callaghan and Franklin To

Ian Gardiner Trophy 2016 Winners — Ian Payn, Chris Duckworth, Brian Callaghan and Franklin To

On Sunday 8th May the top two eligible teams from the qualifying round played a head-to-head match for the London Teams of Four Ian Gardiner Trophy.  The match was held at the YC, and YC members made up both teams.


In a hard fought match which was close throughout, Ian Payn, Chris Duckworth, Brian Callaghan and Franklin To prevailed against Tim Gauld, Paul Martin, Stephen Popham and John Pemberton by 14 IMPS (89–75).


In the EBU Pachabo Cup to be held over the weekend of 11th–12th June, the winning team is not available, so the runners-up team of Tim Gauld, Paul Martin, Stephen Popham and John Pemberton will represent London.  Good luck to them.


In due course the winners will play off against whichever team wins the Young Chelsea Knockout for the opportunity to represent London in next year’s invitational Lederer event.

Young Chelsea Team Wins Garden Cities Regional Final 7th May 2016

The YC team won the regional final of the Garden Cities Trophy, the inter-county championship for club teams-of-eight, held at Richmond BC on Saturday 7th May.  The team comprised Chris Duckworth, Brian Callaghan, Kath Stynes, Debbie Sandford, David Muller, Trevor Mathews, Richard Creamer and Mark Davies.


The Young Chelsea will therefore represent London at the National Final to be held at West Midlands BC in Solihull on Saturday 25th June.

Member Successes in the Schapiro Spring Foursomes 2016 3rd May 2016

Congratulations to the YC members listed below who did well in the recent EBU Schapiro Spring Foursomes, held over the bank holiday weekend 29th April through 3rd May 2016.


  • Mike Bell, David Gold and Andrew Robson (with Alexander Allfrey [captain], David Bakhshi and Tony Forrester) winners of the Schapiro Trophy – the principal event
  • Simon Cope and Peter Crouch (with Denis Bilde, Zia Mahmood, Anita Sinclair [captain] and Nafiz Zorlu) — 3rd= in the Schapiro Trophy
  • Espen Erichsen (with Erik Berg, Alistair Gidman [captain], Glyn Liggins and Stefan Simonsen) — 3rd= in the Schapiro Trophy
  • Toby Nonnenmacher (with Ankush Khandelwal, Ben Norton [captain] and Alex Roberts) winners of the Punchbowl – the secondary event
  • Gitte Hecht-Johansen [captain] (with Arne Andreasen, Lisbeth Aulid Eide, Henrik Gosvig and Baard Risnes) — 2nd in the Punchbowl
  • Nevena Senior (with Kalin Karaivanov, Sandra Penfold [captain], Brian Senior and Rumen Trendafilov) winners of the Hamilton Cup swiss teams



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