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This Monday’s (13 March) evening duplicate is cancelled due to insufficient registrations.

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 20 March 2023)

The club is closed between Christmas and the New Year



Monday Evening Duplicate — Everyone welcome, registration advised



Goldhawks Duplicate — Everyone welcome



New Chiswick Duplicate — Everyone welcome



Beginners Course — Contact club



“Improve Your Play” Seminar: Planning the Play — Pre‑entry required



Online Supervised Play — Beginners/Improvers



YC Super League Division Two — Pre‑entry required



YC Super League Division One — Pre‑entry required



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



Improvers Course — Contact club



YC AGM — All members welcome



YC Friday Evening Duplicate — Everyone welcome



YC Christmas Party — Everyone welcome



EBU Premier League Div Two



YC Women’s Teams — Pre‑entry required



Next Step Course — Contact club



LMBA London Championship Pairs — Contact LMBA



LMBA Ian Gardiner Teams of Four championship qualifier — Contact LMBA

First session on 2 March.
London clubs teams‑of‑eight qualifier on 23 March.
Play‑by date for Round Two is 16 April.
Two 18‑deal sessions starting at 1.00pm on Sunday 14 May.
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.


LMBA Championship Pairs 2023—Report

Brian Callaghan and Chris Duckworth—winners of the LMBA Championship Pairs 2023
Brian Callaghan and Chris Duckworth—winners of the LMBA Championship Pairs 2023

The LMBA Championship Pairs 2023 took place at the Young Chelsea on Sunday 12 March. The event qualifies pairs with London as their primary county of allegiance for the EBU Corwen Trophy, the competition for counties’ pairs champions, to be played this year online on RealBridge over the weekend 3 & 4 June.

The event attracted a small but select field of ten pairs, a high proportion of the players being club members. Each pair played six deals against all the others for a total of 54 deals.

Congratulation to the winners, Brian Callaghan and Chris Duckworth, who finished well clear on 62.19%.

In second place were Tony Verran and Gad Chadha on 56.71%.

And In third place were Grzegorz Blicharz and Marilyn Malinowska on 52.19%.

Overall ranking and session results are available on the LMBA wesbite:


Item posted 13 March 2023

March 2023 Ladder Update


Nearly half way through the month, and Chris Duckworth tops the ladder (but won’t be taking the prize!)

Martin Lerner and Nathan Piper are equal second—but haven’t yet played on a Monday!

Last Monday saw four tables in the duplicate. Come and make it more next week, climb a notch on the ladder, and enjoy a complimentary glass of Cider Punch to warm you up in this cold weather.


  • Play in four or more duplicates during the month.
  • Win a hamper of goodies worth £50! Or a non‑expert prize if your NGS is ten or less.
  • Play in four or more duplicates during the month.

Can you rise to the top of the ladder?

Come and try!

Item posted 10 March 2023.

EBU February 2023 Promotions of YC Members

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

  • Sara Chiappara
Club Master
  • Liangxun Tan
Local Master

Item posted 9 March 2023

New Monthly Ladder

We are very pleased to announce the introduction of a new Monthly Ladder which will operate across the three regular club duplicate games on Monday and Friday evenings and Thursday afternoons.

In each month, for any duplicate where you finish above average, you will score points.

  • If the duplicate is scored by IMPs, your points total is the number of IMPs you scored.
  • If the duplicate is scored by matchpoints, your percentage will be converted to IMPs (applying the tried‑and‑tested formula used by the EBU) and your points awarded accordingly.
  • Your best four scores during the month will be added to give a total monthly score, save that at least one of them must be from a Monday evening (otherwise only your best three scores count).
  • The player with the most points at the end of the month wins the monthly prize. It is planned that this will be a hamper of goodies worth around £50.
  • There will also be a smaller prize for the best score by a non‑expert player (defined as one with an NGS of 10 or below).

The Ladder will be introduced in March, with the first qualifying game being the Thursday afternoon duplicate on 2 March. [See more…]

Item posted 13 February 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 to book places.

Item last updated 5 March 2023

A Historical Nugget—Courtesy of Reg Day

One‑time club member Reg Day has given the Young Chelsea permission to reproduce a post from his personal blog. The post consists of bridge reminiscences, which include mentions of the club’s early years, and may be of interest to long‑term members.

You can also navigate to the item via the History page.

Item posted 15 February 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 All Round One matches have been completed. The play‑by date for the Round Two is 16 April. Those teams who lost in Round One have a bye in Round Two, but are free to arrange and play their Round Three matches as soon as they know who they will face.

Once your match has been played, please notify the result to the the club at, 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.


Page last updated 7 March 2023

Young Chelsea Knockout 2022 Final—Report

Young Chelsea Knockout 2022 winners team Binkie—David Burn, Joe Fawcett, Ian Payn, Heather Dhondy, Brian Callaghan and Richard Granville
Young Chelsea Knockout 2022 winners team Binkie—David Burn, Joe Fawcett, Ian Payn, Heather Dhondy, Brian Callaghan and Richard Granville

The final of the Young Chelsea Knockout 2022 took place, only mildly delayed, on Monday 16 January 2023. The teams contesting were Orca, who played four‑handed (Richard Plackett, Espen Erichsen, Glyn Liggins and Andrew Dyson) and the undefeated Binkie with all six members present,

The match was close, with fewer than 20 IMPs separating the teams throughout. After 48 deals team Binkie prevailed by just 4 IMPs (95-91). Commiserations to team Orca who could easily have won if the cards had favoured them slightly more (as runners-up they got £300). Congratulations to David Burn, Joe Fawcett, Ian Payn, Heather Dhondy, Brian Callaghan and Richard Granville who hold the trophy for a year and pick up the £800 first prize


Item posted 16 January 2023

Monday Evening Duplicates in 2023—Please Register

For Monday evening games in 2023, please would you register that you will be coming before the end of the previous day—i.e. by midnight each Sunday. (A registration form has been set up for each game on the Event Entry page.) You may still turn up and play without registering, but if at least four pairs have not registered by the deadline, that Monday’s game will be cancelled.

During January there is a half‑price sale for the game. And at the end of January, the future of this game will be reviewed.

Item posted 5 January 2023.

Goldhawks Christmas Party 2022—Report

Chris Duckworth presents the Goldhawks Trophy to 2022 winner, Joy Latif
Chris Duckworth presents the Goldhawks Trophy to 2022 winner, Joy Latif

The Goldhawks celebrated Christmas with members bringing a cornucopia of home‑cooked treats for lunch during their Tuesday meeting on 12 December.

Meanwhile, Chris Duckworth directed the bridge, running the event as a sixteen‑player individual movement for a change. Congratulations to the winner, by a narraw margin, Joy Latif on 38.67 IMPs who keeps the Goldhawks Trophy for a year. Commiserations to second‑placed Diana Hardie on 37.67 and third‑placed Mala Bamford on 35.33.


Item posted 12 December 2022

LMBA Palmer Bayer Pairs 2022—Report

LMBA Palmer Bayer 2022 winners Shelley Shieff and Chantal Girardin
LMBA Palmer Bayer 2022 winners Shelley Shieff and Chantal Girardin

The club hosted the LMBA’s Palmer Bayer pairs, a “no fear” event with methods restricted to simple systems, on Sunday 4 December. Eight tables played 27 deals at a relaxed pace in the main hall. Afterwards the prizegiving took place in the bar, with complimentary drinks for the competitors and a hand discussion led by Brian Callaghan.

Congratulations to Young Chelsea members Shelly Shieff and Chantal Girardin who won by a clear margin. [See more…]


Item posted 5 December 2022

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

Goldhawks Pairs
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
New Chiswick BC at the LMC
(New Chiswick)
Director: Ned Paul
Scorer: Ned Paul
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Director: Jonathan Jacobs
Thursday Daytime Duplicate
Director: David
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Director: Jonathan Jacobs
Thursday Daytime Duplicate
Director: David
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
The London MindSports Centre

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

22nd Mar 2023
YC Super League Div2
MindSports Centre
22nd Mar 2023
YC Super League Div1
MindSports Centre
23rd Mar 2023
Thursday Daytime Duplicate
MindSports Centre
23rd Mar 2023
Thursday Evening Supervised Duplicate
MindSports Centre
24th Mar 2023
Director: Gitte
24th Mar 2023
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
MindSports Centre
Director: Jonathan Jacobs