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All ages welcome
Students free

Game Times

Standard duplicates:

  • Mondays 7.00pm
  • Fridays 7.30pm


Supervised play:

  • Wednesdays 1.00pm


If you want to play, just turn up! It’s as simple as that. If you’d like to speak to us first, you can phone the club’s mobile number—07555 287005. Times of play are as above, and more details can be found on our timetable page. If you don’t have a partner, don’t worry; we’ll always find you one.


Students are free!

We have a policy whereby students have free membership and pay no session fees for any regular club duplicate. This is only for bona‑fide full‑time students.


Learning Bridge

The club will be giving Beginners’ Classes in the new year.


We also run weekly Supervised Play sessions on Wednesday afternoons from 1.00pm till around 3.00pm, aimed at those who have just progressed from our classes, those who are returning to bridge after a gap, and those who wish to build up their confidence in a relaxed environment. The session are conducted by Mike Eden, who has been teaching for many years and is a Professional Member of the EBU Teaching Association. Further details are available on the classes page.



The club has a licenced bar and a kitchen. Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, snacks, light refreshments, and a variety of meals are available.



We sometimes get enquiries about whether our website could be used by members to find new partners and to arrange dates for playing. It is not possible to do this using our own web site, but we do have a Young Chelsea group on Facebook which can be used by members to arrange games with their existing partners, as well as by those who wish to meet new potential bridge partners. It can also be used for bridge‑related discussions.



Page last updated 25 January 2020

About the Young Chelsea

You’ll find information about the club on this page and links to other pages containing further details, including our location and parking arrangements, a calendar of events, and a timetable of our regular games.


The Premises

opening night

Opening Night at the New Premises

We are now operating successfully from our new purpose‑built venue and it is an exciting time to come and try out our facilities. On 17 July 2015 we had a great opening night with lots of old members turning up for the inaugural duplicate. See our Facebook page for some great photos!


Then and Now

The Young Chelsea was established in 1968 with the emphasis on young players. It has developed into a club catering for bridge players of all ages, but retains a policy of encouraging bona‑fide students, usually young players, with free membership and no session fees.


Something for Everyone

Frequent bridge games are available for members and visitors. Standard duplicates four times per week at the club offer some of the strongest club bridge games in Europe. If that is too daunting, or you have just learnt the game, or are a little rusty, there are supervised play sessions with a teacher on hand to help you. There are also regular courses of lessons for beginners and improvers. It is your choice which kind of game you play in, and it is a great place to learn and improve your bridge.



The club has a library of bridge books that is used by many of our members, running on a self‑administration model whereby members sign books in and out themselves. It is supplied by donations of books and magazines. At the moment we have unused shelf space, so if you have any books you would like to donate, please let the club know.


Constitution, Convention Card, Scoring, Appeals

Note that some of the documents and pages referenced below will be brought up to date in due course, as they do not reflect current practice.


The Young Chelsea constitution can be downloaded in PDF format.


The Young Chelsea Standard convention card can be downloaded as a Word document.


Our appeals and tie‑breaking procedures are outlined here, as well as our system disclosure arrangements. The Young Chelsea has a fairly relaxed policy on what systems may be played. The same methods that players may use in Monday and Wednesday advanced duplicates are now allowed on other days in social duplicates too. On Fridays, players may play more experimental methods provided that they have had permission to do so in advance from the club committee, and only with their opponents’ agreement.


The Cross‑IMP scoring method used in our Friday games is explained.