Young Chelsea header

All ages welcome
Students free


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 all our events there are awards of EBU Master Points and your results count towards your EBU National Grading Scheme ranking.


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 (individual players welcome—partners will be provided) at 7.00pm; duplicate pairs—24–26 deals.


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 2020 tournament starts in November 2019. Team rosters and the draw are on the YC Knockout 2020 page, on which results appear when available.


The final of the previous season’s event between teams BLACK and TELTSCHER has yet to be played.



London Super League

The London Super League (LSL) is a teams‑of‑four league launched by YC bridge functions 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 at the club.




The Young Chelsea runs an Autumn ladder each year, typically from September through December.



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 13 November 2019



YCBC Ladies Swiss Teams—November 2019

The third edition of our successful YC women’s teams event will take place at the club over the weekend 23 & 24 November. We expect to have at least 24 teams but would love for more YC players to take part. If you would like to play but don’t have a partner or teammates or are only available on one of the two days, let me know (email and we will try to find a team for you. The entry fee is £300 per team and includes lunch on both days and a drinks reception at the end of play on the Sunday. This year we are also arranging an optional dinner, at Bill’s Restaurant on the Saturday evening, to which all participants are welcome.








Coming Attractions


MOSSO Seminar—Modern Bidding Theory on Thursday 21 November at 7.00pm.


Ladies Swiss Teams—Weekend 23 & 24 November. Poster.


YCKO 2019–2020—the draw is published and the default play‑on date for round One is 28 November.


YC Christmas Party—Saturday 14 December (duplicate 3.00pm, party time 6.00pm. Register online.



In Progress


Autumn Ladder (Monday evenings)—from Monday 9 September through Monday 9 December. In the standings current on 11 November Gitte Hecht‑Johansen leads from amongst twelve qualifiers.


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


YCKO 2018—Team BLACK is undefeated. Teams BLACK and TELTSCHER meet in Round Eight, the final.





Gentle Duplicate for Developing Players by Philip Watson

Conducted by Philip Watson.


Sundays at 2.00pm (to about 4.30pm)


  • 1 December
  • 22 December
  • 2 February
  • 1 March



The Goldhawks Inaugural “Taster” Evening—7 November by Young Chelsea

A very successful “Taster” evening for the new Goldhawks League was held on Thursday 7 November. We have the basis for a great fun league, and all of the teams are anxious to get their hands on the new trophy. The league meets on Thursday evenings from 9 January. We still want more Goldhawks—please spread the word to all your friends who are bridge newcomers, returners, or social players. To become a Goldhawk, contact Rosie at the club. Individual players, partnerships, and teams are all welcome.



Pictures from the evening

Eric Willis RIP by Young Chelsea
Eric Willis (1980s)Eric Willis (1980s)

Long term members of the club will be saddened to learn of the death of Eric Willis, a YC stalwart in the 1980s (when the picture was taken). His funeral will be held on Tuesday 19 November at 1.40pm at the South West Middlesex Crematorium, Hounslow Road, Feltham, TW13 5JH and afterwards at The Fountain, which is nearby at the junction of Staines Road and Sixth Cross Road.



MOSSO Seminar—Modern Bidding Theory by Young Chelsea

On Thursday 21 November, Richard Granville and David Burn will be presenting a seminar on modern bidding theory and how the principles have been applied to build the effective hybrid system called MOSSO. The event starts at 7.00pm and will finish at about 10.15pm. Refreshments will be provided at the start and also during the half‑time interval.


The fee for the evening is a very reasonable £20. MOSSO will be described in sufficient detail for attendees to try out a simple version of the system, but the presenters won’t be lecturing throughout: there will be breaks for quizzes and bidding practice. Guidance on defending against MOSSO will also be provided.


No sign‑up needed, just drop in on the night.



YCKO 2019–2020 by Nick Sandqvist

The 2019–2020 Young Chelsea Knockout starts in November this year, and 24 teams have entered. (See the draw and rosters.) We are keeping the popular double‑elimination format, but new for this year is that we give you a designated playing date—a Thursday. With more matches being played on the same night, interesting discussions about the hands may take place afterwards. If you can’t make the designated Thursday you’ll have about two weeks on either side of it to arrange the match. There’ll be a first prize of a minimum of £800 for the winning team, and we’re hoping that they’ll be invited to—or get a chance to play off for—the prestigious Lederer Memorial Trophy.



National Inter-Club Knockout Competition by Nick Sandqvist

The club has done very well in the NICKO 2018–2019 and will win the trophy! Susanna Gross’s team (Mike Bell, Phil King, Paul Russell, & Richard Bowdery) will face James Thrower’s squad (Ali Ahmed, Andrew McIntosh, Neil Rosen, Szczepan Smoczyński, & Joe Fawcett) in the final.


We have thirteen teams playing in this year’s competition. We wish them all good luck and will keep you posted on their progress.





For less‑current news see the news page.