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The YCBC Management Committee is looking to appoint an assistant to the club manager.  This would be a paid, part-time job — hours and pay negotiable.  The main areas of responsibility would be maintenance and improvement of the club premises and facilities, maintenance of the club administrative systems, member communications.


Essential qualities required for this are resourcefulness and self-motivation, practical organisational abilities, good inter-personal skills, familiarity with computer systems.  If you would be interested, or know someone who might be — not necessarily a bridge player — please contact Nick or Chris at the club.


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.  It 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 Weekly 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.


Thursdays at 1.00pm; Social Matchpoint duplicate.


Sundays 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 2015-2016 tournament is underway with matches in round 3 due to be played by the end of April 2016.  More information, the draw and results are on the YC Knockout 2015-2016 page.



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.



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 28th April 2016


Coming Soon


Young Chelsea Annual General Meeting 2016 — free duplicate afterwards — Tuesday 17th May.


Keith Loveys Individual (afternoon) and Summer Party (evening) — Saturday 18th June.

Schools Play with an “Expert” Event — “Experts” are Volunteer YC Members — Thursday 30th June.




“Play with an Expert” Schools Event 26th April 2016

Following the success of the first “Play with an Expert” evening for school children just before Christmas last year, we will be hosting another event along similar lines at the end of the current academic term.


Children of all ages from London schools are being invited to come along to the club to be partnered up with “expert” club members to play a fun duplicate competition.  This will be held on Thursday 30th June starting at 6.30pm and finishing at around 9.30pm.


The youngsters will be of varying levels of expertise, but everyone who played with one of them last time was greatly impressed both by their demeanour and their enthusiasm for bridge.  And they also had a really enjoyable evening!


Any member who would be willing to partner a young player on 30th June should contact Alison at, who is organising the evening.

Young Chelsea Annual General Meeting 2016 25th April 2016

The next Annual General Meeting of the Young Chelsea Bridge Club will be held at 7.00pm on Tuesday 17th May at 54 Goldhawk Road LONDON W12 8HA.  Refreshments will be available at the meeting, which will be followed by a free duplicate bridge session for those who wish to play.


Links to papers (as PDFs) for the meeting follow.


  • The agenda for the meeting.  This is subject to additional items requested by members.  Any member wishing to add any items to the agenda should submit them to Chris Duckworth, Management Committee Secretary, in writing (email or post) to reach her no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 10th May 2016.  Send items to or 201 Greyhound Road LONDON W14 9SD.
  • A nomination form for membership of the Management Committee.  The current members of the committee are Gad Chadha, John Dean, Chris Duckworth, David Ewart and Paula Leslie. Gad Chadha is resigning his place at the AGM and David Ewart is due to stand down this year, but will be re-standing for election.  Nominations should be made to the Management Committee Secretary to reach her by Tuesday 10th May 2016.
  • A proxy form for use by those unable to attend the meeting in person.

Please note that in principle all voting members will have one vote, whether attending in person or by proxy.


All Full, Honorary and Student Members over 16 years of age will be able to attend and vote, and those unable to be present in person are able to vote by proxy.

LMBA Seniors Pairs Winners 2016 24th April 2016
Victor Silverstone and Gerald Haase — Winners of the LMBA Seniors Pairs 2016

Victor Silverstone and Gerald Haase — Winners of the LMBA Seniors Pairs 2016

The Young Chelsea hosted the LMBA Seniors Pairs for the Fox Shammon trophy for the first time this year. The event was held as a single extended session on Sunday 24th April 2016.


In a closer finish than usual two pairs tied at the top.  In joint 1st place were Victor Silverstone & Gerald Haase and Chris Duckworth & Brian Callaghan both on 63.54%.  The money prize was split equally between the pairs, but the trophy-winning pair was determined by the seldom-used EBU tie-splitting procedure.  Congratulations to Victor and Gerald, who were declared winners after a nail-biting wait.  Commiserations to Chris and Brian.  In 3rd place were Sati McKenzie & Bill Linton on 56.06%.


Half-Marathon 2016 Winners 24th April 2016
Colin Simpson and David Kendrick — winners of the 2016 half-marathon

Colin Simpson and David Kendrick — winners of the 2016 half-marathon

The Young Chelsea half-marathon took place on Saturday 23rd April with 30 pairs competing.  After 87 deals played over 12 hours, the winners, picking up the £800 first prize, were veterans Colin Simpson and David Kendrick with a score of 121.76 IMPs.  In second place, collecting £300, were Dimitre Stoev and François Picard on 101.23 IMPs.  Carrie and Mike Eden, front-runners for much of the event, had to be content with £100 for their third place finish on 97.75 IMPs.


Young Chelsea Team Wins Garden Cities Heat 9th April 2016

The London heat of the Garden Cities Trophy, the inter-county championship for club teams-of-eight, was held at the YC on Thursday 7th April and contested by a record nine teams from six different London clubs.  The YC fielded three teams and the event was won by one of these, the team comprising Chris Duckworth, Brian Callaghan, Will Roper, Niall Igoe, Martin Nygren, Margaret Nygren, Kath Stynes and Debbie Sandford.


The Young Chelsea will therefore represent London at the Regional Finals to be held at Richmond BC on 7th May.



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