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All ages, come and enjoy duplicate bridge—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.  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; Advanced Matchpoint duplicates—24–26 boards.


Friday evenings at 7.30pm; our classic Advanced Cross‑IMP duplicate.


Second Sunday of each month at 2.00pm; Friendly Bridge duplicates (to help novices make the transition to regular club play, or for anyone who is looking for a relaxed and sociable game).


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 2017 tournament starts in January 2017.  Team rosters and the draw are on the YC Knockout 2017 page.  Results will appear there when available.



London Super League

The London Super League (LSL) is a teams‑of‑four league launched by 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 10 teams in the first division.  After each “season” the top two teams in the second division go up to the first, while the bottom two teams in the first division 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.)  First division matches are currently held on Wednesdays and second division matches on Tuesdays.


Anyone interested in playing in the LSL can obtain more information from the LSL website, or by speaking to Nick Sandqvist at the club.




The Young Chelsea runs an Autumn ladder each year, typically from September through December, for which results from the advanced duplicates (on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays) count.  There is a substantial 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 27th May 2017


Coming Soon

Children’s Bridge Tuition—Sunday 4th June at 2.00pm.  A free tuition session given by club member David Muller.


Ned Paul’s Learn Bridge in a Weekend—for absolute beginners—Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July at 10.30am each day.


LMBA London Congress—Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th July.  Swiss Pairs (seven seven‑board matches) on the Saturday at 1.00pm.  Swiss Teams (seven seven‑board matches) on the Sunday at 11.30am.


YCBC Marathon—Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October.  Traditional 24‑hour matchpoint pairs marathon.  Players may enter as pairs or threesomes.  Start on the Saturday is provisionally 2.00pm.  Reserve the last weekend in October!



In Progress

YCKO 2017—play by date for round two matches was Friday 13th April, but the schedule has slipped.


London Super League—Spring 2017—Teams league with matches held on specific days.  Matches run from Tuesday 24th January through Tuesday 16th May in division two, and from Wednesday 8th February through Wednesday 31st May in division one.


Beginners and Improvers Eight‑Week Bridge Courses—start Tuesday 31st January and Thursday 2nd February.




Young Chelsea Marathon—Autumn 2017 by Young Chelsea

Reserve the last weekend in October!


As part of its 50th‑year celebrations, the Young Chelsea is once more to hold a traditional marathon pairs event using matchpoint scoring.  The 24‑hour event will take place over Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October 2017.


Planning is in an early stage.  The provisional start time is 2.00pm on the Saturday and the finish will be about the same time on the Sunday.  If you can’t commit to playing the whole 24 hours—or are worried about your stamina—please feel free to add a third player and play as a threesome.


Entry fee and prize fund will be announced when determined.

Half Marathon Spring 2017—Leading Positions by Young Chelsea
Peter Taylor (left) and Fiona Hutchison (right)—winners of the Spring 2017 half marathon, with club manager Nick Sandqvist (centre)

Peter Taylor (left) and Fiona Hutchison (right)—winners of the Spring 2017 half marathon, with club manager Nick Sandqvist (centre)

The Young Chelsea Spring Half Marathon took place on Saturday 13th May.  The three‑session 12‑hour cross‑IMPed pairs event attracted 33 pairs.  The complete ranking is available via the results page.


The winners, picking up the £800 first prize, were Peter Taylor, John Cox, and Fiona Hutchison with a score of 105.09 IMPs.  (Threesomes were allowed.  Peter played throughout, John played in the first two sessions, and Fiona played in the last session.)


In second place, collecting £300, were Heather Dhondy and Brian Callaghan on 86.87 IMPs.


In third place, collecting £100, were Simon Gillis and Alan Mould on 72.90 IMPs.


Smaller prizes went to the highest‑placed pair in each session which did not win one of the three main prizes.



Member Successes in the Schapiro Spring Foursomes 2017 by Young Chelsea

Congratulations to the YC members listed below who did well in the recent EBU Schapiro Spring Foursomes, held over the bank holiday weekend 28th April through 2nd May 2017.


  • Mike Bell, David Gold, and Andrew Robson (with Alexander Allfrey [captain], David Bakhshi, and Tony Forrester)winners (for the second year in a row) of the Schapiro Trophy—the principal event.
  • Dror Padon (with Zia Mahmood [captain], Dennis Bilde, and Giorgio Duboin)—2nd in the Schapiro Trophy
  • Andrew Black [captain], Gunnar Hallberg, Phil King, and Andrew McIntosh (with Derek Patterson and Gerald Tredinnick)—3rd= in the Schapiro Trophy
  • James Thrower (with Gerald Haase, John Matheson, John Murdoch, Victor Silverstone, and Iain Sime)winners of the Punchbowl—the secondary event
  • Brian Callaghan [captain], Heather Dhondy, and Joe Fawcett (with Gillian Fawcett)—2nd in the Punchbowl
  • Neil Rosen [captain] and Sally Brock (with Kay Preddy and Norman Selway)—2nd= in the Hamilton Cup swiss teams
  • Mary Gordon‑Smith [captain] and Szczepan Smoczyński (with Carlos Pellegrini and Stefano Tommasini)—2nd= in the Hamilton Cup swiss teams
LMBA Seniors Pairs Winners 2017 by Young Chelsea
Peter Saies and Christine Tomkin—winners of the LMBA Seniors Pairs 2017

Peter Saies and Christine Tomkin—winners of the LMBA Seniors Pairs 2017

The Young Chelsea hosted the LMBA Seniors Pairs for the Fox Shammon trophy again this year.  The event was held as a single extended 36‑board session on Sunday 23rd April 2017.


The field finished bunched together.  In first place, receiving a £52 prize, were Peter Saies & Christine Tomkin on 55.21%.  In second place, getting £26, were David Muller & Sonia Griffiths on 54.51%.  Full results may be found on the LMBA website.


Free Children’s Bridge Tuition by David Muller

On Sunday 7th May starting at 2.00pm at the Young Chelsea, I will start teaching bridge to three sisters—eleven‑year‑old twins and a nine‑year‑old—and their father.  The father says they are really keen to get started.


The tuition is aimed at complete beginners.  There will be no charge.  If any of you know of any children of a similar age who might want to learn please bring them along, but please let me know that you are coming by emailing me, David Muller.  There will definitely be tuition on Sundays 14th and 21st May too, but not on Sunday 28th May.  (I hope to continue to run the tuition, should it take off, on most Sundays.)

Thursday Social Duplicates Suspended by Young Chelsea

Attendance at the club’s Thursday social duplicates has recently been below the minimum to run a game.  Rather than disappoint players who telephone or turn up in the hope of a game, the club has reluctantly decided to suspend the Thursday games for the time being.  The club apologises to those affected.


If a sufficiently committed core group of players, willing to support a Thursday game in the future, comes forward, the club will look at reviving the game.



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