Youth Initiative

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Club Events…

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

Registered Charity Number 1158813

Release 2.19o


A new weekly duplicate exclusively for junior players 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 9 April:

John-William Carey & Ridwan Farouki!

Item posted 10 January 2021, updated 9 April 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

The London heat of the Garden Cities Trophy, the inter‑county championship for club teams‑of‑eight, was held online on RealBridge on Thursday 18 March and contested by seven teams. The YC fielded four teams and the event was won by one of these, the team comprising Sally BrockBarry Myers, Susanna GrossClaire Robinson, Martin NygrenMargaret Nygren and Ollie BurgessPaula Leslie. [See more…]


Item posted 22 March 2021

Mike Durrant caricature (March 1990)
Mike Durrant caricature (March 1990)
Mike Durrant in Spain (June 2019)
Mike Durrant in Spain (June 2019)

YC members will be saddened to learn of the death, earlier this month, of Mike Durrant at the age of 68 at his home in Córdoba, Spain. He was a club member since the 1980s until he and his partner Helen Chambers retired to Spain about 15 years ago. Mike will be remembered as a kind and clever man who was one of the club’s personalities. He edited the club newsletter in the 1990s where this caricature first appeared. [See more…]


Item posted 14 March 2021

The Goldhawks of the Young Chelsea Bridge Club have now moved online!

Once a month, we run an online Goldhawks session on RealBridge: a sociable bridge platform where you can interact with the other players as though you were sitting around a real table! These sessions are aimed towards beginners and improvers: improve your confidence and grab the opportunity to improve your game by discussing the hands with two experienced bridge teachers: Ollie Burgess (YC manager) and India Leeming.

These sessions take place every fourth Thursday; the next session will be on Thursday 8 April at 7.30pm. This is a friendly group and everyone is welcome!

The session will be:

  • 12 deals
  • Zoom post mortem with Ollie and India—ask questions about the hands you played!
  • normal end time of around 9.45–10.00pm
  • £5.00 each

[See more…]

Item posted 7 March 2021, updated 14 March,  author India Leeming

The Young Chelsea Online Congress took place over the weekend 16 & 17 January 2021.

The Swiss Pairs on the Saturday attracted 36 pairs, and ran over seven 6‑deal matches. Congratulations to the winners on 107 VPs, Brian Senior & Clive Owen.

On the Sunday the format was a traditional multiple teams. Twelve teams played a complete round robin scored as straight IMPs with no conversion to VPs. Congratulations to team Sushi (Kath Stynes & Debbie Sandford, Nick Sandqvist & Nathalie Shashou) winning with a convincing 84 IMPs. [See more…]

Item posted 19 January 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 as results come in—click to view) has been made. All Round Two matches have been played and teams can see who their Round Three opponents are. Please start to arrange and play your Round Three matches if you haven’t already done so. [See more…]


Item updated 18 March 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 online games every Monday and Friday at 7.30pm on BBOpayment in BB$. Please note that wherever possible we now use movements that maximise the number of pairs you meet during a session and minimise the chance of playing the same pair again. They also produce a single winning pair per session as is traditional at the club. [See more…]


Item posted 24 May 2020

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 8 April 2021 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 2020.
Round Two is complete; the play‑by date for Round Three matches is 25 April 2021.
Double-elimination teams Saturday 28 through Monday 30 August 2021.

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.

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


August Bank Holiday 2021

Double-elimination Teams

First 16 places taken—field extended to 32 teams


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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.


Under-26 Junior Cross-IMP Duplicate
Online Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Scorer: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
Online Friday Evening Speedball
Director: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
Scorer: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
Online Goldhawks Duplicate
Supervised Play
YC Super League Div1 R6
Director: Jonathan Lillycrop
12th Apr 2021
Online Monday Evening Duplicate
BBO 7.30pm
14th Apr 2021
Supervised Play
16th Apr 2021
Online Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
BBO 7.30pm
16th Apr 2021
Under-26 Junior Cross-IMP Duplicate
RealBridge 7.30pm
16th Apr 2021
Online Friday Evening Speedball
BBO 10.45pm
Director: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
19th Apr 2021
Online Monday Evening Duplicate
BBO 7.30pm