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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 22 January 2018


Coming Attractions


Nevena Senior’s Training Sessions—Morning sessions on Wednesday, 10 January and Wednesday, 24 January.


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


LMBA London Championship Teams‑of‑Four for the Ian Gardiner Trophy—Sunday, 4 February starting at 11.30am..


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


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


YCBC Keith Loveys Individual, Followed by Summer Party—Saturday, 30 June 2018. 2.00pm start for the individual; 6.00pm start for the party.



In Progress


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


Young Chelsea Bidding Quiz—New monthly competition in 2018.


YCKO 2017—Round Six has one match outstanding. The remaining two once‑defeated teams yet to play, HART and CHADHA, should be arranging their match as soon as possible.




Beginners’ Courses for Spring 2018 by Young Chelsea

Starting on Tuesday, 30 January 2018, the club will be running its “Fast Track” course for beginners who want to quickly learn the game. The course consists of eight weekly three‑hour lessons. The same lesson is planned to run each Tuesday in the morning, afternoon, and evening, to provide flexibility to the attendees.


YC Pivot Teams 2018 by Young Chelsea

The Young Chelsea Pivot Teams 2018 was played on Sunday, 7 January. Twelve teams took part in the two‑session event, changing partnerships twice.



Congratulation to the winners, who finished well clear of the pack on 105 IMPs,


Marcia GREEN, Lee Rosenthal, Petar Ivanov, and Todor Tiholov.


They received a £200 prize.



In second place, on 69 IMPs and receiving a £100 prize, were


Szczepan SMOCZYŃSKI, Olivia Woo, Angus Simpson, and Alan Woo.



See the result page for details of placings.


Nevena’s Morning Training Sessions Starting in January 2018 and Regular Lessons Starting in February 2018 by Young Chelsea

Well‑known England international player Nevena Senior is giving two training sessions this month, on Wednesday, 10 January (“Third Hand High or Not”) and Wednesday, 24 January (“Lebensohl and Checkback”). Quite a few people will know about Lebensohl and Checkback, but together with teaching them from scratch, Nevena will explain the need and the use of them, helping players to improve their understanding. The charge is £25 per player paid on the day. No need to book.


In February, Nevena will start a series of six regular lessons—dates to be confirmed. There will be six different themes—more details later. 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.


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.

Autumn Ladder 2017 Binkie Bonus Recipients by Brian Callaghan

In addition to the main Autumn ladder prizes, I offered the “Binkie Bonus”, a duplicate with me, to the two highest‑ranked ladder‑qualifying players who took part in at least six Monday duplicates during the ladder. Ranking was over their best four results from just Monday duplicates. After crunching the numbers, only eight players remained in the ranking (below the fold). Shahzaad and Alexandra, in first and second place respectively, were in prize positions on the main ladder. Nobody gets two prizes, so the lucky recipients in third and fourth place, Carrie and Kath, can each look forward to a game with me in the not‑too‑distant future.



Autumn Ladder 2017 Winner by Young Chelsea
YC Autumn Ladder 2017 winner Sarah Bell and committee member Mike Eden

YC Autumn Ladder 2017 winner Sarah Bell and committee member Mike Eden

The Autumn 2017 ladder finished on Friday, 15 December, having run for 42 sessions, taking into account scores from the regular Monday, Wednesday, and Friday duplicates.


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 £500. Congratulations to the winner on 58.73%, Sarah Bell, pictured receiving first prize of £250 from committee member Mike Eden.


The remaining two prizes also went to relatively young players. In second place on 57.78%, and getting a prize of £150, was Shahzaad Natt. In third place on 57.65% and getting £100, was Alexandra Birchall.


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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