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 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.
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).
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.
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Page last updated 17th February 2017
YCKO 2017 — play by date for round one matches is Friday 24th February.
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 8-Week Bridge Courses — start Tuesday 31st January and Thursday 2nd February.
EBU National Pairs Regional Final — Sunday 12th March at 1.00pm.
EBU Portland Pairs — Sunday 19th March at 12 noon. Two‑session mixed pairs event played at various venues.
LMBA London Championship Pairs — Sunday 26th March at 11.30pm. Two‑session green‑pointed pairs event — the qualifying event for the Corwen Trophy, the national inter‑county pairs championship. All players must be LMBA members, but only the leading four pairs with London as their primary county of allegiance before playing in the event will be eligible to play in the Corwen Trophy.
LMBA Garden Cities Heat — Thursday 30th March 7.00pm. Inter‑club teams‑of‑eight London qualifying round.
Ned Paul’s Learn Bridge in a Weekend — for absolute beginners — Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th April at 10.30am each day.
The winner of the late‑running 48‑board final of the YCKO 2015-2016 was team Callaghan, which beat team Chadha by 15 IMPs in a hard‑fought match on Monday 30th January. Brian Callaghan, Heather Dhondy, Joe Fawcett, and Richard Granville played throughout the final. (Rob Cliffe and Ian Payn were also members of the team.) This is the first time Heather Dhondy, Joe Fawcett, and Richard Granville have won a YCKO. All six members of Gad Chadha’s team took part.
The winning team received a £1000 prize; the runners‑up £400.
Team Callaghan is eligible for a play‑off match against the team winning the 2017 London Championship Teams‑of‑Four to decide who will represent London in the 2018 Lederer invitation tournament.
The two teams through to the late‑running 48‑board final of the YCKO 2015-2016 are Callaghan (who beat Jones in their semifinal match) and Chadha (who beat Black). The team that wins the final is expected to be eligible for a play‑off match against the team winning the 2017 London Championship Teams of Four to decide which team will represent London in the 2018 Lederer invitation tournament.
Club members will be sad to hear of the death of Sheila Peers at the age of 99. Sheila was a regular at the club until a few years ago, mainly playing with her husband Brian, both fine players. A little deaf, Sheila could often be heard berating Brian in stentorian tones! After his death she moved out of London to be nearer her family, where she continued to play bridge regularly at Chichester Bridge Cub. She died on 9th January 2017.
The Channel Trophy, the junior international tournament between England, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, was hosted by the EBU this year at the club from Friday 16th through Sunday 18th December 2016. Events were in three categories — Under 26, Under 26 Women, and Under 21. Baroness Henig of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Bridge, presented the cup to the U26 winners.
The winners of the U26 were the Netherlands.
The winners of the U26 Women were the Netherlands.
The winners of the U21 were France.
The Autumn 2016 ladder has just finished. It ran for 39 sessions from Monday 12th September through Friday 9th December, taking into account scores from just the advanced duplicates on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.
Ranking is by average of the ten best scores with four different partners. (Friday IMP scores are converted to percentages for ladder purposes; the Cross-IMPs page explains how.)
The prize fund was £1,000. Congratulations to the winner on 59.90%, Niall Igoe, who received £500.
The rest of the prize fund is to be divided amongst those (apart from club manager Nick Sandqvist who has once again passed on his own prize) in the next few places. A minor problem with the runners-up scores as currently presented means a small recalculation will be necessary. Watch this space.
For more news see the news page.