Youth Initiative

Donations now stand at a fantastic £16,981.25 including £500 from the Makers of Playing Cards Charity. Many thanks to them and to everyone who has given so generously. More information / Make a donation

Club Events…

…are being held online while the COVID pandemic continues. Details

Registered Charity Number 1158813

Release 2.19o

Midsummer Swiss Teams Draw Rounds One & Two

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Item posted 29 May 2021, updated 14 June 2021

The Goldhawks of the Young Chelsea Bridge Club have now moved online! The next session will be on Thursday 17 June at 7.30pm. [See more…]

Item posted 7 March 2021, updated 13 May, author India Leeming

The YC will be hosting an evening duplicate of 18 deals on RealBridge on Monday 21 June. [See more…]


Item posted 18 May 2021, updated 14 June 2021

We have taken a dividing wall between two rooms down to create “Hall Four” on the first floor. [See more…]


Item posted 15 June 2021

You will be pleased to know that the debris (in the roof space) found to contain traces of asbestos has now been removed, so work on the first floor has resumed. [See more…]


Item posted 10 June 2021

As you may be aware, the European Bridge League has decided to hold their qualification event, for the World Championships, in late August using the RealBridge platform. Unfortunately, the European event will clash with the face‑to‑face Bank Holiday Teams which was going to be held at the YC and with this in mind, regretfully, the teams event will be postponed until next year. However, it is still hoped that there will be a special event at the new premises on Monday 30 August—more details on that when we know when we are allowed to meet up and play face‑to‑face bridge again.


Item posted 9 June 2021, author Ollie Burgess

As restrictions ease, I know that you will wonder about how the refurbishment of the new club premises is coming along and when the YC will be re‑opening for face‑to‑face bridge. This post will hopefully answer your questions. [See more…]


Item posted 2 June 2021, author Ollie Burgess

The EBU regional finals of the Garden Cities Trophy, the inter‑county championship for club teams‑of‑eight, were held online on RealBridge on Saturday 8 May. The YC, having won the London heat, fielded a team which convincingly won the Regional Final (South). Congratulations to Sally BrockBarry Myers, Susanna GrossPeter Taylor, Phil KingMargaret Nygren and Ollie BurgessPaula Leslie. [See more…]


Item posted 10 May 2021

Bryan Loughrey
Bryan Loughrey

Long term members of the club will be saddened to learn of the sudden death at the age of 69 of Bryan Loughrey, who played at the YC for many years. He suffered a major stroke earlier in the week and died on Sunday 2 May. Our sympathies go to his family and friends.

(Thanks to Tim Gauld for providing the photograph.)


Item posted 3 May 2021

Engagement: Shahzaad Natt & India Leeming
Engagement: Shahzaad Natt & India Leeming

LOVE MATCH! Many congratulations to popular YC members, India and Shahzaad on their engagement. The YC wishes them all the best for their future—and we look forward to celebrating their news properly when we can all meet around the bridge table once more.


Item posted 25 March 2021

We are pleased to announce that the Young Chelsea Bridge Club is moving home. In January we will be moving from the Goldhawk Road premises to a new home in Dalling Road, Hammersmith—the former Salvation Army Hall. [See more…]

New home—the former Salvation Army Hall
New home—the former Salvation Army Hall

Item posted 6 November 2020


Twenty‑five teams have entered this year’s competition. After seeding the teams by NGS, the draw (updated regularly with match results) has been made. Most Round Four matches have been played and teams can see who their Round Five opponents are. Please start to arrange and play your Round Five matches if you haven’t already done so. [See more…]


Item updated 10 June 2020


Interested in learning bridge? Know someone who might be? We can help!

For anyone whose social life is on hold, now is the ideal time to learn to play bridge. As anyone who has ever tried it knows, bridge is absorbing, fascinating and fun. It is also the most social of games—you will make many new friends and have a lifetime of entertainment ahead of you. Bridge can easily be learnt and played online and we are now offering a beginners’ course for those with no previous experience of the game. See more details, and tell your non‑playing bridge friends about it!


Item posted 17 September 2020

We have launched a flexible new online teaching programme—a modular course for improvers covering popular topics like slam bidding and the best use of doubles. Individuals, pairs, or groups of three or four can elect to attend a full course or individual sessions as they wish and, as far as possible, at times that also suit them. [See more…]

Item posted 16 September 2020

We hold weekly regular online games every Monday and Friday at 7.30pm and, just on Fridays, a bonus, fun online 16‑deal speedball which starts, after the earlier game has finished, at around 10.45pm. (Should you wish, you can just play in the speedball.) [See more…]


Item posted 24 May 2020, updated 8 June 2021

Most club members will be aware that the YCBC has been operating on limited financial resources for some time. [See more…]


Item posted 25 March 2020

For less experienced players—next session on Thursday 17 June at 7.30pm.
Weekly on Fridays starting 22 January 2021 at 7.30pm—Cross-IMPs on RealBridge.
Matches start 27 January and repeat every two weeks to finish 19 May 2021.
Round Four is complete; the play‑by date for Round Five matches is 25 July 2021.
Midsummer Swiss Teams—eight 16-deal matches, one per week, from 14 June to 8 August 2021.
Postponed until next year due to clash with EBL qualifier.

Monday 7.00pm face-to-face sessions suspended. We have begun to run online RealBridge sessions on Thursdays approximately once per month.
The Spring 2021 season for both divisions begins on Wednesday 27 January and continues at two‑weekly intervals to finish on Wednesday 19 May. Matches default to being played online, but should the club be able to accommodate some face‑to‑face, teams may request to play at the club.

Items that are no longer topical may be found in the archive.



A new weekly duplicate exclusively for junior players—more than 150 are signed up—is now up and running at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club. Under-26s from across the country and beyond are able to play via RealBridge on Friday evenings at 7.30pm free of charge.

Each session is scored using cross-IMPs, with EBU masterpoints awarded to the leading pairs.

These duplicates are being organised by William Clennell, President of Cambridge University Bridge Club, who ran the hugely successful junior pairs initiative last summer.

For further information, contact Will at wjc41@cam.ac.uk.

Congratulations to the winners of our latest duplicate on 11 June:

John-William Carey & Ridwan Farouki!

Item posted 10 January 2021, updated 12 June 2021

The Youth Committee: Athena Chow, Louise Selway, India Leeming, Will Clennell

Young and mature Chelsea in the Warwick Room

We offer frequent duplicate bridge games for members and visitors, and regular bridge lessons for beginners and improvers.

We are affiliated to the English Bridge Union (EBU). There are awards of EBU Master Points for all play sessions, and your results in most sessions count towards the EBU’s National Grading Scheme (NGS). But playing in our regular online duplicate sessions will not affect your NGS.

We are a registered charity (no. 1158813), which means that your membership subscription can be treated as a Gift Aid donation. That benefits the club (and you indirectly as a member) as the Young Chelsea Bridge Club Ltd can reclaim tax on your subscription. A guide explains Gift Aid in greater depth.

We have a licensed bar and a kitchen offering a short but very reasonably priced menu.

Hot meals are available from an hour before evening games; salads and sandwiches are available at other times.

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 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). Our original home was in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; now we can be found in Hammersmith.


Online Goldhawks Duplicate
Supervised Play
Online Monday Evening Duplicate
Under-26 Junior Cross-IMP Duplicate
Online Friday Evening Speedball
Director: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
Scorer: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
Online Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Scorer: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
18th Jun 2021
Online Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
BBO 7.30pm
18th Jun 2021
Online Friday Evening Speedball
BBO 10.45pm
Director: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
21st Jun 2021
Online Monday Evening Duplicate
RealBridge 7.30pm

YC Monday Evening Session

23rd Jun 2021
Supervised Play
25th Jun 2021
Online Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
BBO 7.30pm
25th Jun 2021
Online Friday Evening Speedball
BBO 10.45pm
Director: Gitte Hecht-Johansen