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Students free


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) 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 2020 tournament starts in November 2019. Team rosters and the draw are on the YC Knockout 2020 page, on which results appear when available.


The final of the previous season’s event between teams BLACK and TELTSCHER has yet to be played.



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 3 December 2019

Results for the Ladies Swiss Teams 23 & 24 November 2019.




YCBC Ladies Swiss Teams 2019—Report
YC Ladies Swiss Teams 2019 Winners—Black Widows (Tonje Brogeland, Lisbeth Glaerum, Torild Heskje, Tove Haugen) YC Ladies Swiss Teams 2019 Winners—Black Widows (Tonje Brogeland, Lisbeth Glaerum, Torild Heskje, Tove Haugen)

The tournament was held for the third time over the weekend 23 & 24 November 2019. Club committee member Paula Leslie, organiser of the event, persuaded 25 teams to enter this year—up by five teams from last year. And the regular tournament director, Jonathan Lillycrop, came back to conduct a smoothly run event.


Congratulations to the winning team Black Widows (Tonje Brogeland, Lisbeth Glaerum, Torild Heskje, Tove Haugen) on 126 VPs (just two VPs in front of second place with 100 being average over the ten rounds). Prize money for first place was £1,600.


Full results may be found on the eventsinlondon section on BridgeWebs. More pictures are posted on the Young Chelsea facebook group.





Coming Attractions


LMBA “No Fear” Pairs for the Palmer Bayer Trophy—Sunday 8 December at 2.00pm.


YC Christmas Party—Saturday 14 December (duplicate 3.00pm, party time 6.00pm. Register online.


The New Goldhawks League—for those who don’t take the game quite so seriously begins on Thursday 9 January at 7.00pm and continues weekly thereafter. Poster.


Goldhawks Bridge for Beginners—a series of eight weekly lessons. Choose either evenings from Thursday 9 January at 7.00pm or afternoons from Tuesday 14 January at 1.00pm.



In Progress


Autumn Ladder (Monday evenings)—from Monday 9 September through Monday 9 December. In the standings current on 2 December Rosie White leads from amongst 15 qualifiers.


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


YCKO 2019–2020—the draw is published and round One matches are being played.


YCKO 2018—Team BLACK is undefeated. Teams BLACK and TELTSCHER meet in Round Eight, the final.





Norrie Buxton RIP by Shireen Mohandes
Norrie BuxtonNorrie Buxton

The lovable, generous, friendly, lively Norrie Buxton died on 22 November. She had an aggressive illness. Her husband, Tim, has asked that we let others in our bridge community know.



YCKO 2019–2020 by Nick Sandqvist

The 2019–2020 Young Chelsea Knockout starts in November this year, and 25 teams have entered. (See the draw and rosters.) We are keeping 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 about 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.



National Inter-Club Knockout Competition by Nick Sandqvist

The club has done very well in the NICKO 2018–2019 and will win the trophy! Susanna Gross’s team (Mike Bell, Phil King, Paul Russell, & Richard Bowdery) will face James Thrower’s squad (Ali Ahmed, Andrew McIntosh, Neil Rosen, Szczepan Smoczyński, & Joe Fawcett) in the final.


We have thirteen teams playing in this year’s competition. We wish them all good luck and will keep you posted on their progress.





For less‑current news see the news page.