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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 and Thursdays at 7.00pm; matchpoint duplicate pairs—24–26 boards.


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 16 July 2019


Coming Attractions


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



In Progress


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.





Andrew Thompson (30 November 1949—21 June 2019) by Young Chelsea
 Andrew Thompson (30 November 1949—21 June 2019)


We are very sad to report the death at the age of 69 of Andrew Thompson, a succesful and well known tournament player whose name graces the Young Chelsea honours boards. (He won the YC’s flagship event, the Marathon, in a threesome with Keith Loveys and John Reardon in 1979 and again in 1980.) Our sympathies go to his family and friends.


His funeral will be at 2.30pm on Tuesday 23 July at Telford Crematorium, Woodhouse Lane, Red Hill, Telford, Shropshire, TF2 9NJ and after at the Swan Inn, 4 Lower Bar, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 7BQ.


There is an appreciation of Andrew’s life, written by Ian Payn, on the EBU website.


Upcoming by James Thrower

I hope to find you all in good spirits and enjoying the glorious summer sunshine!


Just a reminder on a couple of things YC‑related. Firstly, it is the London Congress this weekend. The pairs (on Saturday) is now sold out, but we do have some space in the teams (on Sunday) for those who are interested.


Thursday evenings are still going over the summer. It seems there was some confusion… It is only the afternoon session which has been suspended. I hope people continue to come on Thursday evenings as we are starting to build a little momentum, and it would be great to have three well attended sessions each week!


Also another plug for the NICKO. Please email us if you are interested in entering this event, as deadlines like these often come up quicker than you think.


Finally, people may wish to start thinking about next year’s YCKO. I have yet to open entries but I am hoping to start the event around September/October.


All the best and I hope to see many of you over the weekend.



Keith Loveys Individual and Summer Party 2019—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.



Young Chelsea Keith Loveys Individual 2019 winner—Paul Casselle Young Chelsea Keith Loveys Individual 2019 winner—Paul Casselle

The event was held on Saturday 6 July 2019. Congratulations to the winner, Paul Casselle, who vaulted into a close lead on the very last round. This was a poignant first win in the event for Paul, who was a good friend of Keith. Paul (otherwise known as Pablo) is pictured in the bar holding the Keith Loveys tankard upon which the names of past winners are engraved.




The summer party followed the individual, and featured a quiz expertly prepared by club member Rosie White. Paul used his knowledge of sport as part of team Binkie to winning effect in another close finish. (Sport is a blind spot for his teammates Chris Duckworth and Brian Callaghan.)



After a generous buffet dinner, laid on by staff members Nataliya and Tamara, the players voted for teams play instead of the advertised speedball. And Paul’s luck finally ran out when the team of Carrie & Mike Eden and Jackie Fairclough & Graham Orsmond emerged victorious.



Full results for the Individual follow.



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.



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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