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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 16 July 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


Simultaneous Pairs—Monday 23 July & Wednesday 25 July.


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


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






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.

British Summer Pairs Sims 2018 by Louisa Spawls

We will be holding Sims on Monday 23 July and Wednesday 25 July. We will suspend the “Spring Saver” so it will cost the usual £10.00, but we will not charge anything extra for the Sims levy (usually £3.00). On the Monday, Giorgio Provenza will be bringing some of the Under 16s to come and play. Please come along and make them welcome…

Keith Loveys Individual 2018—Report by Young Chelsea
Keith Loveys (1949–2003)

Keith Loveys (1949–2003)

The annual Young Chelsea Individual is held in memory of the late Keith Loveys, a popular club member and expert bridge player who had no trouble partnering anyone. Thanks go to Keith’s good friend Paul Casselle (otherwise known as Pablo) who generously sponsored the prizes for this year’s event.


Young Chelsea Keith Loveys Individual 2018 Winner—Kath Stynes

Young Chelsea Keith Loveys Individual 2018 Winner—Kath Stynes

The event was held on Saturday 30 June 2018. Congratulations to the winner, Kath Stynes, who is pictured in the bar holding the Keith Loveys tankard upon which the names of past winners are engraved.


The full result follows.


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 One is complete. Once‑defeated team have a bye until Round Three. Those teams due to play in Round Two should arrange their matches.


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.