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The Club

Bridge session in the Warwick Room 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 and Thursdays at 7.00pm; 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.


†: If there are sufficiently few tables, Cross‑IMP scoring instead of matchpoints will apply.


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 has traditionally run an Autumn ladder each year, typically from September through December. A new development in 2019 is a Spring ladder from January through April. There is a prize fund for the leading players.



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Page last updated 22 Mayl 2019


Coming Attractions


YCBC Keith Loveys Individual followed by Summer Party—Saturday 6 July. Individual at 2.00pm. Party from 6.00pm. Poster.


LMBA London Congress—Weekend 13 & 14 July. Swiss Pairs on Saturday starting at 1.00pm. Swiss Teams on Sunday starting at 11.30am. Brochure.



In Progress


YCBC Spring ladder—started Monday 14 January. Nineteen players qualified for the final standing on Thursday 18 April.)


Fast Track Course of Eight Weekly Lessons—started Tuesday 7 May.


Classes for Intermediate and Aspiring Players—some Sundays from 19 May.


YCKO 2018—The Round Six draw has been made.





Classes for Intermediate and Aspiring Players—May through September 2019 by Philip Watson

We are continuing with more of our Sunday afternoon lessons for intermediate and aspiring players from May. The lessons start at 2.00pm and will finish at around 5.00pm.



Young Chelsea Half Marathon April 2019—Report by Young Chelsea
YC Half Marathon April 2019—winners Petar Ivanov & Stefano Tommasini YC Half Marathon April 2019—winners Petar Ivanov & Stefano Tommasini

The Young Chelsea held a 12‑hour half marathon on Saturday 27 April. The event was cross‑IMPed over three sessions and a total of 91 deals. Fourteen pairs took part. (The number would doubtless have been higher had the event not clashed with the regional final of the Garden Cities inter‑county teams‑of‑eight, in which a YC team represented London.)


Congratulations to the convincing winners Petar Ivanov & Stefano Tommasini who finished on 182.50 IMPs. They were in front after the first session and stretched out their lead over the course of the event. They picked up the £250 first prize.


The overall ranking and individual session results are on Pianola:





In second place, getting £100, were Neeraj Tanna & Claire Robinson on 105.50 IMPs.


And in third place, getting £50, were David Kendrick & Victor Milman on 81.53 IMPs.


Thanks to Margaret & Martin Nygren for their generous sponsorship of the entry fees of the junior players, to David Muller for devising the movement and donating his time as tournament director, and to the staff at the club for their work behind the scenes keeping the contestants fed and watered.


Civil Engineers’ Club Swiss Pairs 2019 by Young Chelsea

On Saturday 15 June, the Civil Engineers’ club is holding the James Jones Cup, named after the first Secretary of the Institution of Civil Engineers. The event is a two‑session Swiss Pairs at the Young Chelsea starting at 11.00am. Fortunately you don’t have to be a Civil Engineer to take part. Anyone can play. It costs £15.00 per person and includes a buffet lunch.


Email to register.





YC Swiss Teams April 2019—Report by Young Chelsea

The Young Chelsea’s Swiss Teams held on Sunday 7 April attracted nine teams. Since numbers were on the low side to run a Swiss movement, the contest reverted to a multiple teams event. Each team played every other in six‑deal matches with the result converted from IMPs to victory points. At half time each team had played three deals against every other, at which point both the teams to finish at the front at full time were below average. Emerging as winner and picking up a £160 prize was team BROCK (Sally Brock, Thor Erik Hoftaniska, Janet de Botton, Barry Myers) on 101 VPs. Close runner‑up on 98 VPs and receiving £80 was team TANNA (Neeraj Tanna, Claire Robinson, Qian Li, Tony Ye).


Session 1 results
Session 2 results


Overall results



Young Chelsea Team Wins London Garden Cities Heat 2019 by Young Chelsea
Winners of the London Garden Cities heat 2019—Peter Taylor, Margaret Nygren, Paula Leslie, Fiona Hutchison, Susanna Gross, Martin Nygren, Janet de Botton, Thor Erik HoftaniskaWinners of the London Garden Cities heat 2019—Peter Taylor, Margaret Nygren, Paula Leslie, Fiona Hutchison, Susanna Gross, Martin Nygren, Janet de Botton, Thor Erik Hoftaniska

The London heat of the Garden Cities Trophy, the inter‑county championship for club teams‑of‑eight, was held at the YC on Thursday 21 March and contested by six teams. The YC fielded three teams and the event was won by one of these, the team comprising Peter Taylor, Margaret Nygren, Paula Leslie, Fiona Hutchison, Susanna Gross, Martin Nygren, Janet de Botton, and Thor Erik Hoftaniska.




The Young Chelsea will therefore represent London at the Regional Finals to be held at Richmond BC on 27 April.


Make YC Great Again! by Francois Picard

We count on all members to Make YC Great Again! One initiative this year is the YC 2019 Quiz: whether you are expert, average or novice in bidding, this was designed for you to benefit from comments from our fantastic panel and to check your partners or friends’ calls and improve your partnership. This is a friendly contest, but competitors who enjoy challenges will be ranked on their best 10 out of 11 quizzes (in case you miss one). The February Quiz is exceptionally extended to 09/03. I would not miss it as there might be some great new surprises to club members: more on the prizes in the next few weeks…


so please go for it and just brexit bid it!


Change of Manager by Young Chelsea
James Thrower—Club ManagerJames Thrower—Club Manager

The YCBC Manager, Louisa Spawls, has resigned from this role due to personal circumstances. The club is sad to see her go but is very pleased to announce that a new manager has been appointed to take over. He is James Thrower, a former junior international player who has been making his mark recently in the London area as a bridge professional. His particular interest is in bringing new players into the game through teaching and the YCBC looks forward to a bright future with him at the helm.



Come Without a Partner on Mondays by Young Chelsea

There is a core group of players who are planning to come without partners every Monday and pair up on the night. Monday 7 January, the first such night, went really well and resulted in a boost to the attendance. We had nine tables for the first time in a very long while. The group is happy to include any club members who would like to come along. Any member is welcome to join in. You can, of course, still play with a regular partner—you are not obliged to join in.


Young Chelsea Weekend Events in 2019 by Young Chelsea

The Young Chelsea committee has produced a provisional calendar of special events to be held at the club on Saturdays, Sundays, or whole weekends in 2019. More events, particularly in the second half of the year, will be added in due course. 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.





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