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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. 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, on which results appear 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 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 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 10 August 2017


Special Announcement

Applications Sought for Post of Young Chelsea Club Manager



Coming Soon


London Super League—Autumn 2017—Teams league with matches held on specific days. Division One starts on Wednesday, 30 August and finishes on Wednesday, 13 December. Division Two starts on Tuesday, 12 September with other match dates to be set once the number of teams is known.


Last Chance to Lock In the £45 Annual Membership Fee by Switching to Standing Order—Thursday, 31 August.


YCBC Ladies Swiss Teams—Saturday & Sunday, 16 & 17 September. Ladies Swiss Teams. Ten ten‑board matches with six matches on the Saturday at 10.30am, and four matches on the Sunday at 10.00am. Finish on the Sunday at 4.30pm.


Beginners, Improvers, and Fast‑Track Eight‑Week Bridge Courses—The Autumn 2017 schedule features a new fast‑track course as well as the popular club and diamond courses. The fast‑track course starts on Tuesday, 26 September at 7.00pm, the club course starts on Thursday, 28 September at 7.30pm, and the diamond course starts on Tuesday, 26 September at 1.00pm. See poster.


YCBC Marathon—Saturday & Sunday, 28 & 29 October. Traditional 24‑hour matchpoint pairs marathon. Players may enter as pairs or threesomes. Start on the Saturday is 12.00 noon. Reserve the last weekend in October!See poster.



In Progress

YCKO 2017—play by date for Round Four matches is Thursday, 31 August.




Grenfell Fire Appeal Simultaneous Pairs—Report by Paula Leslie

Thanks to everyone who supported the club’s simultaneous pairs in aid of the Evening Standard’s Grenfell Fire Appeal last night, Wednesday, 9 August, and for their generous donations—we raised just over £1,000 which Telereal Trillium (my employers) have agreed to match.


Congratulations to our winners Gary Jones and Paul Lamford who won the heat with a score of over 66%.

Keith Loveys Individual and Summer Party 2017—Report by Carrie Eden
YC Keith Loveys Individual Winner 2017—David Newman (right) Holding the Fabled Memorial Tankard

YC Keith Loveys Individual Winner 2017—David Newman (right) Holding the Fabled Memorial Tankard


Twenty‑four of us played in The Keith Loveys Memorial Individual which was won by David Newman (pictured with club manager Nick Sandqvist), with David Muller a close second. (Results here.)


The Quiz, devised by Simon Cearns, was most enjoyable, attended by about 20 of us, and was won by the team of Mahmoud Sadek, David Muller, David Hull, Mike Eden, and Carrie Eden.


The Speedball, which saw six tables of well‑fed participants (my salt beef went down well, but for me Chris Duckworth’s crème brûlée and meringues were the yummiest), was won by Ingar Hansen and Peter Taylor.


A shame that more members were unable to attend—we’d changed the date so as not to clash with Scarborough.


We are thinking of hosting the club’s Xmas party on Saturday, 16 December—maybe quiz and IMPs duplicate. What do members think about this date? (You can use the Young Chelsea facebook page to post your opinion or you can email the club.)


Price Rises in 2017 by Young Chelsea

A well‑attended YC Annual General Meeting was held on Friday, 7 July. Much of the discussion concerned our finances. Since moving to the new premises the committee made the decision to keep the prices for playing the same as they were when we left Barkston Gardens four years ago in July 2013. However our current financial position means that we need to raise another £25k a year to be able to keep the club going. All of us want to see Young Chelsea thrive and flourish but the “nomadic” years have taken their toll on the numbers of people playing and we have to improve on that. (If every member played in a duplicate five more times a year than they do, the club would thrive.)


Those at the meeting voted unanimously to increase match fees, room booking fees, and table money.


Duplicate table money for members will rise to £10 from 1 August 2017. (Table money will rise to £14 for visitors.)


It was also decided that from 1 September 2017 the annual membership fee will rise to £60 apart from those members who currently pay by standing order. To give members who currently pay their membership by cash, cheque, or credit card the same opportunity, here is the membership application/standing order form. If you download, complete, and return it to the club before 1 September then your annual membership fee will remain at £45.

Applications Sought for Post of Young Chelsea Club Manager by Young Chelsea

The current Young Chelsea club manager, Nick Sandqvist, has tendered his resignation. He will remain in post until a new manager is appointed and will help to induct him/her. Nick has been an absolute stalwart of the club, helping us through our “nomad years” and setting up in the new premises. The club committee members are sure you will want to join them in wishing him well for the future.


The advert for the new manager is available (in PDF format) on the website; please pass on the information to anyone you think might make a suitable manager for your bridge club. Current members are more than welcome to apply.

YCBC Ladies Swiss Teams—September 2017 by Paula Leslie

The Young Chelsea Bridge Club is delighted to present its first Ladies Swiss Teams. This new event will be held at the club over the weekend of Saturday & Sunday, 16 & 17 September 2017. There will be ten rounds of ten‑board matches, with the first six matches on the Saturday and the last four on the Sunday. The event starts at 10.30am on the Saturday and finishes at 4.30pm on the Sunday. (Play on the Saturday is estimated to finish around 7.30pm. Play on the Sunday starts at 10.00am.) There will be a break of around 45 minutes for lunch on each day.




Entry fee: £300 per team. (Teams may comprise four, five, or six players—all women.)


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There will be a good prize pool—amount dependant on entries.




Entries and enquiries should be directed to Paula Leslie.

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 & Sunday, 28 & 29 October 2017.


The start time is 12.00 noon on the Saturday and the finish should be a little earlier on the Sunday, since the clocks go back overnight. 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 is £60 for each member of the Young Chelsea (£85 for each non‑member). There is a discount for bona‑fide students.


Places are limited, so reserve yours by sending your entry fee, ideally by bank transfer, to the following YCBC account:


Sort Code 40‑03‑04 Account Number 22117282


Please use your surname as a reference and email the club at with the names of your pair or threesome.


The first prize will be a minimum of £1,000 per pair/threesome.  (It may be more depending on the number of entries.)


See poster.



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