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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.



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. There is a prize fund for the leading players.



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 20 September 2018


Special Offers


Higher Fees for Visitors Suspended until 31 December.



Coming Attractions


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


Annual General Meeting—Friday 28 September at 6.00pm (followed by the regular duplicate).


LMBA Mixed Pairs—Sunday 30 September at 2.00pm.


British Autumn Simultaneous Pairs—Monday 1 October & Wednesday 3 October.


Justin Wickens Memorial Pairs—Sunday 7 October. 2.00pm start.


Gold Cup Semi‑finals and Final—Weekend 13  & 14 October. 10.00am start each day. Spectators welcome.


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


YCBC Half Marathon—Saturday 1 December. 11.00am start and about 11.00pm finish.


LMBA Men’s & Women’s IMP Pairs—Sunday 2 December at 2.00pm.


LMBA “No Fear” Pairs for the Palmer Bayer Trophy—Sunday 2 December at 2.00pm.


YCBC Christmas Party—Saturday 15 December. Starts with Xmas dinner at 6.00pm.






Gold Cup Semi‑finals and Final 2018 by Young Chelsea

The club is very proud to host the semi‑finals and final of the Gold Cup, the British knockout teams event, over the weekend 13 & 14 October. The semi‑finals are on Saturday and the final is on Sunday. Play is scheduled to start at 10.00am and finish shortly before 9.00pm on each day.


Spectators are welcome. Why not come along and watch some of the best players in the country in action?


YCKO 2017 Winners by Young Chelsea
YCKO 2017 Winners Graham Osborne, Frances Hinden, Sally Brock, Barry Myers, and Mike Scoltock with club chairman David Ewart presenting the prize YCKO 2017 Winners Graham Osborne, Frances Hinden, Sally Brock, Barry Myers, and Mike Scoltock with club chairman David Ewart presenting the prize

The winner of the very‑late‑running final of the YCKO 2017 was team BOWLES, which beat team CALLAGHAN by 23 IMPs on Friday 14 September. Both team turned out in full. Team BOWLES comprised Graham Osborne, Frances Hinden, Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Mike Scoltock, and Andy Bowles. (The reclusive Andy Bowles had to leave before the prize was presented and escaped being pictured.) Team CALLAGHAN comprised David Burn, Joe Fawcett, Richard Granville, Heather Dhondy, and Brian Callaghan.


Team CALLAGHAN, which was behind by 42 IMPs after 48 deals, exercised the right as undefeated team to play a further eight deals, but there was too much to do.


Congratulations to the worthy winners who received a £1,000 prize; the runners‑up had to be content with £400.


Team BOWLES is eligible for a play‑off match against the team that won the 2018 London Championship Teams‑of‑Four to decide who will represent London in the 2019 Lederer invitation tournament.


Christmas Party 2018 by Young Chelsea
Young Chelsea Christmas Tree

Now is the time to save the date of the Young Chelsea Christmas Party, which will be held on Saturday 15 December.


The inclusive price is £25 per member (£30 per guest), which includes two free drinks.



British Autumn Simultaneous Pairs 2018 by Young Chelsea

We will be hosting heats of the British Autumn Simultaneous Pairs on Monday 1 October and Wednesday 3 October.


The overall national winners will receive £50 per pair. The winning pair of each heat, and each host club, will have a chance to win up to £1000 in the annual prize draw.


For scores, double‑dummy analysis, and hand commentaries after the event visit


YCBC Ladies Swiss Teams—November 2018 by Paula Leslie

The Young Chelsea Bridge Club is delighted to present its second Ladies Swiss Teams. This event will be held at the club over the weekend 10 & 11 November 2018. There will be ten rounds of ten‑board matches, with the first six matches on the Saturday and the last four on the Sunday. The event starts at 10.30am on the Saturday and finishes at 4.30pm on the Sunday. (Play on the Saturday is estimated to finish around 7.30pm. Play on the Sunday starts at 10.00am.) There will be a break of around 45 minutes for lunch on each day. (There will be a buffet lunch supplied on each day, and a reception at the end of play on the Sunday.)





Classes for Intermediate and Aspiring Players—September and October 2018 by Young Chelsea

We are running a further series of Sunday afternoon lessons for intermediate and aspiring players. The lessons start at 2.00pm and will finish at around 5.00pm.



Young Chelsea Half Marathon—Autumn 2018 by Young Chelsea

The Young Chelsea will hold a half marathon pairs event using matchpoint scoring on Saturday 1 December 2018.





End of Spring Saver 2018 and Start of Special Offer for Visitors by Louisa Spawls

I know our seasons are a bit awry, but I think that eventually our Spring Saver must come to an end, at the end of August. Instead we will have a special offer aimed at visitors—no visitors fees until end of December. Please use this opportunity to get all your friends, relations, neighbours etc. to come to the club, and hopefully make them join and start coming along twice a week… That’s what we need…


Young Chelsea Annual General Meeting—28 September 2018 by Young Chelsea

The next Annual General Meeting of the Young Chelsea Bridge Club will be held on Friday 28 September in the Match Room at 6.00pm prompt—light refreshments available from 5.45pm. The normal duplicate will follow.


All Full, Honorary, and Student Members over 16 years of age will be able to attend and vote, and those unable to be present in person are able to vote by proxy.


Please note that in principle all voting members will have one vote, whether attending in person or by proxy.



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?


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



Thursday Afternoon Duplicates Resumed—Thursday 6 September.


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


YCKO 2018—Round Two is complete. Teams should try to play their Round Three matches before the end of September.


Young Chelsea Bidding Quiz—New monthly competition in 2018.