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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.


EBU affilated club

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 and Thursdays at 7.00pm; matchpoint duplicate pairs—24–26 boards.


Thursdays at 1.00pm; matchpoint duplicate pairs—finishing before 5.00pm.


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


†: If there are sufficiently few tables, Cross‑IMP scoring instead of matchpoints will apply.


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 2018 tournament started in March 2018. Team rosters and the draw are on the YC Knockout 2018 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 has traditionally run an Autumn ladder each year, typically from September through December. A new development in 2019 is a Spring ladder from January through April. There is a prize fund for the leading players.



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Page last updated 15 June 2019


Coming Attractions


YCBC Keith Loveys Individual followed by Summer Party—Saturday 6 July. Individual at 2.00pm. Party from 6.00pm. Poster. Register online.


LMBA London Congress—Weekend 13 & 14 July. Swiss Pairs on Saturday starting at 1.00pm. Swiss Teams on Sunday starting at 11.30am. Brochure.


London Superleague Autumn 2019 Season—Division Two starts Tuesday 27 August; Division One starts Wednesday 28 August.



In Progress


Fast Track Course of Eight Weekly Lessons—started Tuesday 7 May.


Classes for Intermediate and Aspiring Players—some Sundays from 19 May.


YCKO 2018—The Round Six draw has been made.





Keith Loveys Individual and Summer Party 2019 by Young Chelsea
Keith Loveys tankardKeith Loveys tankard

On Saturday 6 July, the club is running its annual individual tournament for the fabled Keith Loveys tankard (displayed on a shelf in the bar), followed by the summer party.


You can come along to both or either of these events. You don’t need to be a Young Chelsea member (and for the individual you don’t need to worry about finding a partner). The individual starts at 2.00pm; the party will get going at around 6.00pm.


The party will include a general knowledge quiz (expertly prepared by club member Rosie White), a buffet dinner, and a speedball pairs (for which partners will be found if necessary).


See the poster for details on pricing and registering. Note that juniors are half price!


Pay for the party by Monday 1 July to ensure you receive vouchers for two free drinks. You can pay at the club or by bank transfer. The club’s bank details are


  • Young Chelsea Bridge Club Ltd
  • Account Number:
  • Sort Code:
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  • 22117282
  • 40‑03‑04




Classes for Intermediate and Aspiring Players—May through September 2019 by Philip Watson

We are continuing with more of our Sunday afternoon lessons for intermediate and aspiring players from May. The lessons start at 2.00pm and will finish at around 5.00pm.



Young Chelsea Half Marathon April 2019—Report by Young Chelsea
YC Half Marathon April 2019—winners Petar Ivanov & Stefano Tommasini YC Half Marathon April 2019—winners Petar Ivanov & Stefano Tommasini

The Young Chelsea held a 12‑hour half marathon on Saturday 27 April. The event was cross‑IMPed over three sessions and a total of 91 deals. Fourteen pairs took part. (The number would doubtless have been higher had the event not clashed with the regional final of the Garden Cities inter‑county teams‑of‑eight, in which a YC team represented London.)


Congratulations to the convincing winners Petar Ivanov & Stefano Tommasini who finished on 182.50 IMPs. They were in front after the first session and stretched out their lead over the course of the event. They picked up the £250 first prize.


The overall ranking and individual session results are on Pianola:





In second place, getting £100, were Neeraj Tanna & Claire Robinson on 105.50 IMPs.


And in third place, getting £50, were David Kendrick & Victor Milman on 81.53 IMPs.


Thanks to Margaret & Martin Nygren for their generous sponsorship of the entry fees of the junior players, to David Muller for devising the movement and donating his time as tournament director, and to the staff at the club for their work behind the scenes keeping the contestants fed and watered.


Spring Ladder 2019 Winner by Young Chelsea
Young Chelsea Spring Ladder 2019 Winner—Olivia Woo Young Chelsea Spring Ladder 2019 Winner—Olivia Woo

The Spring 2019 ladder finished on Thursday 18 April, having run for 28 sessions, taking into account scores from the regular Monday and Thursday duplicates.


Ranking is by average of the six best scores. To qualify for a ladder prize someone had to take part in at least three Monday sessions, at least two Thursday sessions, at least one more Monday or Thursday session, and play with at least three different partners. (Any duplicates scored by IMPs are converted to percentages for ladder purposes; the Cross‑IMPs page explains how.) Nineteen players satisfied all the criteria (much better than the previous season. The top five get prizes.


Congratulations to the winner on 59.59%, Olivia Woo, who gets first prize of £180.


Runner-up on 59.41% was Graham Orsmond whose prize is £90.


In third place on 59.13% was Gordon Rainsford, getting £40.


In fourth place on 59.05% was Alan Woo, getting £30.


And in fifth place on 58.95% was Richard Granville, getting £20.


Spring 2019 final ranking.


Change of Manager by Young Chelsea
James Thrower—Club ManagerJames Thrower—Club Manager

The YCBC Manager, Louisa Spawls, has resigned from this role due to personal circumstances. The club is sad to see her go but is very pleased to announce that a new manager has been appointed to take over. He is James Thrower, a former junior international player who has been making his mark recently in the London area as a bridge professional. His particular interest is in bringing new players into the game through teaching and the YCBC looks forward to a bright future with him at the helm.



Come Without a Partner on Mondays by Young Chelsea

There is a core group of players who are planning to come without partners every Monday and pair up on the night. Monday 7 January, the first such night, went really well and resulted in a boost to the attendance. We had nine tables for the first time in a very long while. The group is happy to include any club members who would like to come along. Any member is welcome to join in. You can, of course, still play with a regular partner—you are not obliged to join in.


Young Chelsea Weekend Events in 2019 by Young Chelsea

The Young Chelsea committee has produced a provisional calendar of special events to be held at the club on Saturdays, Sundays, or whole weekends in 2019. More events, particularly in the second half of the year, will be added in due course. 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.





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