As Monday 8 May is a bank holiday, the weekly evening supervised game will not take place that day.

This week sees the first of our fortnightly Super Wednesday duplicates on 31 May. Everyone is welcome. Cheese and wine from 7.00pm; duplicate starts at 7.30pm.

Please would you register your pair for any Monday evening duplicate in which you plan to play.

Our March ladder is now under way. Play on at least one Monday during the month to maximize your chances!

Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal

The club has raised  £6283.54.

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What’s happening this week

Young Chelsea Bridge Club

(Week starting 29 May 2023)

The club is closed between Christmas and the New Year



Monday Evening Duplicate — Everyone welcome, registration advised



Supervised Duplicate — Beginners/Improvers



Goldhawks Duplicate — Everyone welcome



HCC Bridge Taster Session — Contact club



Next Step Lesson — Contact club



New Chiswick Duplicate — Everyone welcome



“Improve Your Play” Seminar: Planning the Play — Trump Management



Online Supervised Play — Beginners/Improvers



YC Super League Division Two — Pre‑entry required



YC Super League Division One — Pre‑entry required



Wine & Cheese Buffet and Matchpoint Pairs Duplicate — Everyone welcome



Beginners Lesson — Contact club



Next Step Course — Contact club



Beginners Course — Contact club



Beginners Course — Contact club



YC Thursday Daytime Duplicate — Everyone welcome



LMBA Garden Cities Heat — Pre‑entry required



Supervised Duplicate — Beginners/Improvers



Next Step Lesson — Contact club



Intermediate Lesson — Contact club



YC AGM — All members welcome



YC Friday Evening Duplicate — Everyone welcome



YC Christmas Party — Everyone welcome



YC Mixed Pairs — Everyone welcome



YC Women’s Teams — Pre‑entry required



Improvers Lesson — Contact club



LMBA London Championship Pairs — Contact LMBA



LMBA Ian Gardiner Teams of Four championship qualifier — Contact LMBA

Buffet and matchpoint duplicate on 31 May.
Play‑by date for Round Three is 4 June.
Individual at 4.00pm; buffet and quiz from 7.30pm on Saturday 24 June.
Pairs on Saturday and teams on Sunday 8 & 9 July.
Twelve hours of cross‑IMPed pairs on Saturday 29 July.
Starts on 23 August.
Starts on either 23 August or 20 September.
Two‑day teams event over the weekend 30 September & 1 October.
Ten × 10‑board matches over the weekend 18 & 19 November.




The YC Super League season may have finished but the YCBC Wednesday bi‑monthly evening games continue! These sessions are suitable for any player who relishes the challenge of matchpoints with the sociability of some food and drink.

The first Super Supper session is on Wednesday 31 May and is a cheese‑and‑wine buffet (food, soft drinks and wine from 7.00pm). The game starts at 7.30pm. There are small prizes for the winners and highest‑placed jack‑high pair.

The entry fee is £15 per player (£5 per junior). For catering purposes please register online via the website.


The second Super Supper session is on Wednesday 14 June and is a pizza‑and‑prosecco buffet.

Register to select meat, vegan or even gluten‑free pizza! Please note that there will be a wide range of non‑alcoholic drink options.

Item posted 16 May 2023

Young Chelsea Mixed Pairs 2023—Report

David Taylor and Victoria Haines—winners of the Young Chelsea Mixed Pairs 2023
David Taylor and Victoria Haines—winners of the Young Chelsea Mixed Pairs 2023

The Young Chelsea Mixed Pairs 2023 took place at the club on Sunday 14 May. Seventeen pairs played two sessions of eighteen deals each.

Mark Davies & Chris Duckworth led comfortably at the end of the first session, but were overtaken by David Taylor & Victoria Haynes about half way through the second session.

Congratulation to David & Victoria who went on to win the event with a score of 61.76%, well clear of the pack.

The runners‑up place was hotly contested between three pairs, but Mark & Chris managed to retain second place, just ahead of Rosie White & David Parry and Mark & Julie Guthrie (two visitors from Sydney, NSW, Australia). [See more…]


Item posted 15 May 2023

EBU March 2023 Promotions of YC Members

Congratulations to the YC members listed below who attained a promotion in EBU rank during March!

  • Miu Wong
Local Master
  • Eve Brenner
County Master
  • Sarah Harris
  • Raphaela Sinclair
Premier Master
  • Brendan Doolan
Local Master
  • David Willis
Area Master

Item posted 19 April 2023


[Reproduced with the author’s permission from an original post on Woodberry Bridge Club’s Blog]

The method of hand evaluation known as the Milton Work Count was deveioped for Auction Bridge, using the 4-3-2-1 system for ace, king, queen, jack. Sometimes ½ was used for a ten, and Milton Work wrote extensively on the subject in the early twentieth century. By the end of the century, Thomas Andrews had been exploring the inaccuracies of this system and published an article on his website entitled Binky Points. One of the prime advocates of this improved system of hand evaluation has been Brian "Binkie" Callaghan, the doyen of the Young Chelsea Bridge Club. [See more…]

Reproduced from an original posted 5 April 2023, author Foxymoron

𝘚𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘺, 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘳 Mentions the Young Chelsea

Catherine Harris, co‑host and producer of the Sorry, Partner bridge podcast, played at the Young Chelsea recently. In the Dennis Bilde interview episode, posted on 6 April 2023, she says how she was made very welcome and remarks how friendly the club is. You can hear her comments within the first two or three minutes of the episode.

Item posted 11 April 2023

March 2023 Ladder Winners

March 2023 ladder winners’ prize—hamper contents
March 2023 ladder winners’ prize—hamper contents

Congratulations to husband‑and‑wife pair, Mike and Carrie Eden, who topped the standings with an impressive 147.94 IMPs and share a hamper as their prize. Well done also to the winner of the non‑expert (NGS‑ranked at the start of the month as a ten or below) prize: two free duplicate entries. By checking the EBU website for NGS rank, the winner is Athena Chow on 120.21 IMPs.

Thanks to club member Mike Bell for suggesting the format of this ladder and generously sponsoring the prizes.

See the ladder information page for details.


Item posted 3 April 2023

Late Spring Classes 2023

A new season of courses is about to begin at the club. Courses are scheduled to start as follows:


Thursday evenings, 7.30–9.30pm, starting 20 April

Next Step

Tuesday evenings, 7.30–9.30pm, starting 25 April


Wednesday evenings, 7.30–9.30pm, starting 19 April


Sunday mornings, 11.00am–1.00pm, starting 23 April

See details on the Classes page. Places are still available on all the courses—please contact manager@ycbc.co.uk to book places.

Item last updated 5 March 2023

Daytime Duplicates

From Thursday 12 January onwards, Daytime Duplicates will be held every Thursday afternoon at 1.00pm. These will feature:

Daytime Duplicates are now held every Thursday afternoon at 1.00pm. These feature:

  • good standard but friendly face‑to‑face duplicate pairs game
  • Table money of only £8 a head for club members (and guests on their first visit)
  • An early finish—around 4.00pm—to beat the rush hour
  • Excellent playing conditions—warm in winter, air‑conditioned in summer!
  • A qualified tournament director in charge
  • Licensed bar/café open throughout for hot and cold drinks and snacks
  • The opportunity to come early and enjoy lunch before the game in our bar/café, which will be open from 12 noon each Thursday. We will be serving sandwiches and toasties, omelettes and seasonal specialities, all freshly prepared and delicious!

The first of these games, on Thursday 12 January, will be free of charge and open to all, and there will be a welcome drink and canapés available from 12 noon. On this occasion there is no need to come with a partner—individuals will be paired up appropriately.

Item updated 13 January 2023.

Young Chelsea Knockout 2023

YCKO 2023

Sixteen teams have entered this year’s competition. After seeding the teams by NGS, the draw (updated regularly with match results) has been made. The competition is now under way and teams should contact their opponents to arrange a match date. Once the teams have a date agreed they should book the match in with the club at bookings@ycbc.co.uk. All Round Two matches have been completed. The play‑by date for Round Three is 4 June.

Once your match has been played, please notify the result to the the club at manager@ycbc.co.uk, stating the names of the players in both teams as well as the outcome. Team captains will be notified of their opponents for their next match as soon as the team to be played is known. [See more…]


Page last updated 27 April 2023

Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal—Report

Young Chelsea Appeal 2022—Ukrainian Staff
Young Chelsea Appeal 2022—Ukrainian Staff

We are delighted to announce that we have raised the grand total of £5,521.21 for the Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal. The club organised a special fundraising duplicate on 6 March and our Ukrainian staff rallied round baking cakes and donating Ukrainian goods for sale. The event attracted a great mix of club members and others, all of whom gave very generously and the funds rolled in. We are very grateful to all, and every penny will go to the Ukrainian people. [See more…]

Item posted 9 March, updated 19 March 2022

Super Wednesday Evening Duplicate
Director: Gitte
Goldhawks Pairs
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Director: Jonathan Jacobs
Thursday Daytime Duplicate
Director: David
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Director: Gitte
YC Super League Div1
Young Chelsea BC
Young Chelsea BC

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The Young Chelsea Bridge Club prides itself on its warm and friendly atmosphere, where beginners, intermediates and advanced players have opportunities to learn and compete. It is truly the club with a heart and especially encourages and mentors its newer members.

Founded 1968, YCBC is one the oldest and probably the best bridge club in the UK. We are a member‑owned club, whose board of directors is committed to enhancing the learning and playing experience of all its members.

Our club features:

  • Comfortable, well equipped facilities with free Wifi

  • Duplicate - Teams - Chicago Bridge most days of the week

  • EBU affiliated

  • Experienced EBU directors

  • Master points and NGS points awarded

  • Hosts—please call/email the CM ahead if possible

  • Licenced bar and refreshments available

  • Lessons for all levels: from Newbies to World‑Class players

  • Mentoring program

  • Special tournaments

  • Registered charity

Don’t be misled by the name. Although the Young Chelsea is particularly welcoming to young players, we have many older members, some of whom have belonged since the start of the club back in 1968. There is no upper age limit—you are never too late to learn and play at YCBC (or YC as it is popularly known). Our original home was in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; now we can be found in Hammersmith.

The London MindSports Centre
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The London MindSports Centre, here in Hammersmith, is one of the best venues in the country to host your events.

To book or for more information contact the manager@ycbc.co.uk.

1st Jun 2023
Thursday Daytime Duplicate
MindSports Centre
1st Jun 2023
Intermediate Lesson
MindSports Centre
2nd Jun 2023
Director: Gitte
2nd Jun 2023
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
MindSports Centre
Director: Jonathan Jacobs
4th Jun 2023
Improvers Lesson
MindSports Centre
5th Jun 2023
Monday Evening Supervised Duplicate
MindSports Centre