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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.


Thursdays at 1.00pm; matchpoint duplicate pairs—finishing before 4.00pm.


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 2017 tournament started in January 2017. Team rosters and the draw are on the YC Knockout 2017 page, on which results appear when available.


Entries for the YC Knockout 2018, which starts in February, are now due.



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.



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 18 February 2018


Coming Attractions


The Young Chelsea Knockout 2018 starts in February 2018. Please let the club know as soon as possible if you wish to enter a team.


YCBC Swiss Teams—Sunday, 4 March. 12.00 noon start.


LMBA London Championship Pairs—Sunday, 11 March starting at 11.30am; all players must be LMBA members.


EBU National Pairs Regional Final—Sunday, 18 March starting at 1.00pm; EBU two‑session pairs, scored over the field with the top 50 pairs qualifying for the  National Final on the weekend, 14 & 15 April.


LMBA Garden Cities Heat—Thursday, 22 March starting at 7.00pm; LMBA heat of the teams‑of‑eight championship for EBU‑affiliated clubs.


EBU Portland Pairs—Sunday, 25 March starting at 12.00 noon; EBU two‑session mixed pairs, scored over the field.


YCBC Mixed Pairs—Saturday, 7 April. Provisional 12.00 noon start.


YCBC Half Marathon—Saturday, 28 April. Cross‑IMPed 12‑hour pairs. 11.00am start.


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


YCBC Keith Loveys Individual, Followed by Summer Party—Saturday, 30 June. 2.00pm start for the individual; 6.00pm start for the party.



In Progress


New Thursday Afternoon Duplicates—Began Thursday, 11 January 2018. Start at 1.00pm. Finish before 4.00pm. Introductory duplicate session fee is £5.00!


London Super League—Teams‑of‑four league played at the YC on fixed dates; Division Two began on Tuesday, 23 Janury, and Division One began on Wednesday, 24 January.


Fast Track Course for Learners—morning, afternoon, and evening sessions started Tuesday, 30 January.


Young Chelsea Bidding Quiz—New monthly competition in 2018.


YCKO 2017—The Round Seven semifinal draw is up. Teams should be arranging their match as soon as possible.




Nevena’s Regular Lesson Topics from February 2018 by Young Chelsea

In February, Nevena Senior will start a series of six regular lessons on Tuesdays, repeated on Wednesdays, each starting at 10.30am. There will be six different themes. Each topic is individual and you can just turn up for any session. The lesson includes an hour of play of predealt boards following the teaching session, with follow‑up notes later in the week. The charge is £25 per player paid on the day.


The topics for the next few weeks are:

  • Deceptive Defence—Tuesday & Wednesday, 20 & 21 February
  • Benefits from Loser Counting without using the Losing Trick Count—Tuesday & Wednesday, 27 & 28 February
  • Reading the Opening Lead—Tuesday & Wednesday, 6 & 7 March
  • Defence to Two Suited Overcalls (Michaels, Unusual, etc.)—Tuesday & Wednesday, 13 & 14 March


Please email Nevena to let her know know if you will be attending.

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.


New Thursday Afternoon Duplicates for 2018 by Young Chelsea

We are starting a new session on Thursday afternoons at 1.00pm, beginning on 11 January. The first session is free and there will be free cake! We will then make a reduced charge of £5.00 per session for a couple of months. Please tell all your bridge friends and then come along and play. We will finish before 4.00pm.

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.


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!



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