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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; matchpoint duplicate pairs—24–26 boards.


Friday evenings at 7.30pm; our classic  cross‑IMP duplicate pairs.


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 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 14 December 2017


Coming Attractions


Christmas Party—Saturday, 16 December. Bridge starts 6.00pm. Poster here.


YCBC Pivot Teams—Sunday, 7 January. Forty‑eight board event. 12 noon provisional start.


Fiftieth Anniversary Duplicate—Tuesday, 8 May 2018. Start time 7.00pm.



In Progress


Autumn Ladder—Monday, 11 September through Friday, 15 December. Current ranking here. Traditional ladder over 42 sessions. On each Monday an expert leads a post‑duplicate discussion of the deals at around 10.00pm. New prize structure guarantees a prize to a student member.


YCKO 2017—Round Five has finished. The six once‑defeated teams should be arranging their Round Six matches.




London Super League Autumn 2017—Winners HINDEN by Young Chelsea

The Autumn 2017 London Super League concluded at the club on Wednesday, 13 December. Congratulations to the winners, HINDEN, who received the £1,500 first prize.


Last Rungs of the 2017 Ladder by Young Chelsea

The Autumn 2017 Ladder is due to be completed at the end of next week on Friday, 15 December, with just the last five sessions to go.


The current ranking is here. Very few percentage points separate the leaders, so there is still all to play for.


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.


Enhancements to Monday Pairs Sessions during Autumn 2017 by Young Chelsea

From Monday, 2 October on each Monday until the Christmas and New Year break, the Young Chelsea will be re‑introducing its popular post‑session discussions led by an expert. You are welcome to stay on after the Monday session, and exchange views on the deals just played with a top-ranked player. The expert lined up for 2 October is renowned international and erstwhile club manager Nick Sandqvist. In the home stretch our four experts are David Burn (20 November), John  Cox (27 November), Barry Myers (4 December), and Andrew McIntosh (11 December).


And the Autumn Ladder now also has a couple of “Binkie Bonus” prizes, aimed particularly at those who play on Mondays.



Golden Anniversary Retro Party by Young Chelsea

As part of its fiftieth‑year celebrations, the club will hold a retro‑duplicate party on Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 50 years to the day from the first ever Young Chelsea duplicate. Start time 7.00pm.


Save the date!

Christmas Party 2017 by Young Chelsea

Young Chelsea Christmas Tree
Now is the time to save the date of the Young Chelsea Christmas Party, which will be held on Saturday, 16 December.


The inclusive price is £25 per member (£30 per guest), which includes two free drinks or three to all who pay in advance by Monday, 11 December.


Autumn Ladder 2017 by Young Chelsea

Come along to the duplicates in our Monday‑Wednesday‑Friday Autumn Ladder 2017. Current ranking here.


The ladder begins on Monday, 11 September and runs over 42 sessions through Friday, 15 December (the day before the YC Christmas Party). To be in line for a prize, you need to play with at least four different partners, and in at least ten sessions. One innovation this year will be a prize for the leading student member.



For less‑current news see the news page.