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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.


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 at 7.00pm and Wednesdays at 7.30pm; 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.


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.


(The late‑running YC Knockout 2017, has only the final to play.)



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 23 June 2018


Special Offers


Spring Saver starts 26 February. Play in Monday and Wednesday sessions for £5.00 provided you have played in a session in the previous six days.



Coming Attractions


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


Nippon Club Summer Party and Duplicate—Thursday 5 July. 12.00 noon for the buffet; 1.00pm for the duplicate. All Young Chelsea members are invited.


YCBC David Gold Workshop—Thursday 12 July. Start at 6.30pm with a light buffet, and a break half way through the workshop for further refreshments. Suitable for all standards of players. Poster.


LMBA London Congress—Weekend 14 & 15 July. Swiss Pairs on Saturday starting at 2.00pm; Swiss Teams on Sunday starting at 11.30am.


YCBC Ladies Swiss Teams—Weekend 10 & 11 November. 10.30am start on the Saturday. Poster.






ICE James Jones Cup 23 June 2018—Results by Young Chelsea

The inaugural Institution of Civil Engineers and Civil Engineers’ Club James Jones Cup was held at the Young Chelsea on Saturday 23 June 2018. The event, with 13 pairs, was played as Swiss with six rounds of seven boards each. Director Nicole Cooke filled in as a substitute partner, but diplomatically finished second. Congratulations to the winning pair, on 98 VPs, Peter RichardsonPeter Rogers. Full results follow.



Thursday Afternoon Duplicate Summer Suspension by Louisa Spawls

We have decided to suspend Thursday afternoons till after the summer, as we can’t compete with the sunshine… We have gradually pulled in more people to play, and had quite a few foreign visitors but we need to be a bit stronger before we can survive the summer lull… Hopefully next year.


Please put 6 September in your diary—our next Thursday afternoon duplicate. Meanwhile, why not come to either Monday or Wednesday evenings?

Nippon Club Tanabata Bridge Party 2018 by Louisa Spawls

On Thursday 5 July, the Nippon Club is inviting every YC member to come and play in its Summer Party and Duplicate at the Young Chelsea, starting at 12.00 noon (1.00pm for the duplicate). It costs £7.00 and includes a Sushi buffet and drinks. Please sign up in the club, or email me and I will add your name to the list.

David Gold’s Workshop—July 2018 by Young Chelsea

As part of its golden anniversary celebrations, the Young Chelsea is delighted to announce a workshop with David Gold on the evening of Thursday 12 July. The evening will start with a light buffet at 6.30pm, followed by a chat, a question and answer session, and a teaching session with hands to play, with a break for further refreshments half way through.


The inclusive cost is £25.00 with a discount for students.


This event will be suitable for all standards of players and there is no need to come with a partner. David has been representing England internationally for over 15 years and has much wisdom to impart. Who better to celebrate a golden anniversary.


Pre‑booking would be most helpful. Please sign up on the club noticeboard or tell Louisa you will be coming.



Fully‑funded Three‑year PhD Studentship—Exploring the Social World of the Mind Sport of Bridge by Young Chelsea

The partnership of EBED, UK and Irish Bridge Unions and the University of Stirling have provided funding for a three‑year PhD Studentship (fees plus living expenses) for the first ever PhD in the Sociology of Bridge: Bridging the Gap: An Exploration of Transitions in Play through the Lifecourse. We are looking for a PhD candidate ideally with a masters, or an excellent undergraduate degree, preferably within the social sciences or a related discipline. No knowledge of bridge is required.


Martin Hoffman RIP by Young Chelsea

We are very sad to report that Martin Hoffman, who played from time to time at the Young Chelsea, has died aged 89. Martin was a hugely popular player, and was considered for a time to be the best pairs player in the world. He enjoyed a long string of successes, both in the UK and abroad, spanning half a century. He played 11 times in the Lederer Memorial Trophy. Our sympathies go to his family and friends.


You can read Martin’s obituary and some autobiographical notes by Martin on the EBU website

Young Chelsea Golden Anniversary Retro Pairs May 2018—Result by Young Chelsea
Young Chelsea Golden Anniversary May 2018 Retro Pairs Hand‑scored Result

Young Chelsea Golden Anniversary May 2018 Retro Pairs Hand‑scored Result

The Young Chelsea held its retro pairs 50th anniversary event on Tuesday 8 May 2018. Spoken bids and travellers were used instead of bidding boxes and bridgemates. Boards were hand‑dealt and duplicated, there was no alerting, and no EBU masterpoints were at stake.


Forty‑five pairs took part in two sections. Thanks to Mahmoud Sadek and Mike Eden who scored the sections by hand. Mahmoud also collated the scores to produce the handwritten results.


Congratulations to winners Nigel Elliott & Andy Forster on 67.86%, well clear of second place.

Julian Cotton RIP by Young Chelsea

We are very sad to report that Julian Cotton, a Young Chelsea member of long standing, died peacefully on Tuesday 8 May 2018, aged 79. Our sympathies go to his wife, family, and friends.


Julian’s cremation will not open to the public and no one will be attending, following Julian’s wishes.

Nevena’s Lesson Topics from April 2018 by Young Chelsea

In April, Nevena Senior will begin another of her popular series of lessons. There is one topic per week (with one‑week breaks in both May and June when Nevena is otherwise engaged). Each lesson starts at 10.30am on a Tuesday and is repeated at the same time on the next day, Wednesday. There will be eight different themes. 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. The charge is £25 per player paid on the day.


Spring Saver 2018 by Young Chelsea

From Monday 26 February, you can play on Monday and Wednesday evenings for just £5.00 per session, as long as you have played in one of our weekly duplicates in the previous six days. That means that you can play four times a week at the club for just £25.00, or even three times a week for £15.00 (not including Fridays). It’s a special offer, rather than a long term change in policy, but we’ll see how it goes. It’s a very good reason to start coming to the club more often…

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.


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.




For less‑current news see the news page.



In Progress


Fast Track Course for Learners—afternoon and evening sessions started Tuesday 15 May.


Nevena’s Lessons—One topic per week from Tuesday 24 April starting at 10.30am and repeated the next day, Wednesday, at the same time.


YCKO 2018—Round One is complete. Once‑defeated team have a bye until Round Three. Those teams due to play in Round Two should arrange their matches.


Young Chelsea Bidding Quiz—New monthly competition in 2018.


YCKO 2017—The Round Eight final draw is up. The date for the final is yet to be agreed. The club hopes to feature the final on BBO.