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…are in person once more, now that the new premises are ready. But, in compliance with government restrictions introduced to mitigate transmission of the Covid Omicron variant, face masks will be worn when playing at the table.

Registered Charity Number 1158813

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YCKO 2022

Fourteen 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 under way with the play‑by date for Round One being 6 March. If your team does not have a bye in the first round, please contact your opponents to arrange your match. [See more…]


Page last updated 20 January 2022

Please check the Super League menu item for details on the Young Chelsea Spring 2022 season. In the absence of government regulations to the contrary, the season will be primarily played as a face‑to‑face event at the club. All rounds, including those in Division Two, take place on Wednesdays. You might like to verify that your team is entered when it should be and vice versa and what the schedule (still subject to last‑minute changes in Division Two, which has room for more teams) for the season is.

Item posted 11 January 2022

Goldhawks bridge is now well established as the social bridge section of the Young Chelsea Bridge Club. Goldhawks currently meet every Tuesday at 11.00am for social bridge play which runs until around 3.00pm with a break for lunch.

To complement these play sessions, a programme of seminars is now being introduced. Starting on Thursday 20 January, and thereafter every alternate Thursday, there will be afternoon seminars on specific topics, aimed at helping social bridge players to improve their bridge. The seminars will be presented by Chris Duckworth (formerly EBU Education Manager and a very experienced teacher) and will comprise a short interactive period of tuition followed by plenty of practice play of selected hands to help consolidate learning.

Full details of these, including the schedule of dates and topics to be covered in the first six seminars, are in this poster. Whilst many YCBC members will find the seminars pitched at too basic a level, there may well be some who would find them of benefit. Alternatively, if you know someone who would enjoy attendance at either the play sessions or the seminars, do please tell them about the Goldhawks.


Item posted 9 January 2022

New Year Pairs 2022 winners Rachel and Matt Bingham
New Year Pairs 2022 winners Rachel and Matt Bingham

Our first special event of 2022, the New Year Pairs, ran in the afternoon on Sunday 2 January as a face‑to‑face event and attracted eight tables. Thanks for a well planned and executed event to organiser Carrie Eden and director Gitte Hecht‑Johansen (Gitte was busy as she also stepped in as a player). Scoring was by IMPs and every pair played every other. The rounds were of three deals before the refreshment break and of two deals after (38 deals in total).

Congratulation to the winners on 37.15 IMPs Rachel and Matt Bingham. [See more…]


Item posted 3 January 2022

As you will be aware, from Friday 10 December, the government’s “Plan B” for dealing with the Omicron Variant comes into effect with regard to social clubs, including members clubs (such as the Young Chelsea).

Put simply, face coverings are to be worn in all areas except when eating or drinking in the bar. Face coverings can be briefly put aside to enable eating or drinking at the table.

This is a government restriction, not a club restriction. Please observe it; TDs or bar staff should not have to remind you. but please respect them if they do.

If you are exempt, then of course, you are exempt.

Item posted 9 December 2021

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

  • Ollie Burgess
2 Star Grand Master
  • Stefano Tommasini
Premier National Master
  • Fabien Dunlop
District Master

Item posted 9 December 2021

Christmas Party 2021 winners Alex Hannon and Szczepan Smoczyński
Christmas Party 2021 pairs winners Alex Hannon and Szczepan Smoczyński

The Christmas Party returned as a face‑to‑face event this year, taking place for the first time in the clubs newly renovated premises in Dalling Road.

The festivities kicked off with a friendly pairs event which attracted seven‑and‑a‑half tables and was ably directed by Mike Eden with assistance from Gitte Hecht‑Johansen.

The winners were Alex Hannon and Szczepan Smoczyński. [See more…]


Item posted 6 December 2021

The minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 12 November 2021 are available for viewing.


Item posted 18 November 2021

London MindSports Centre has acquired its second bridge client to run alongside YCBC. Ned Paul is moving his Tuesday evening New Chiswick Bridge Club duplicate to the MindSports Centre with effect from Tuesday 16 November 2021. Game time will be 7.15pm. [See more…]

Item posted 9 November 2021


It’s now a month since we started our Tuesday daytime sessions for the Goldhawks, and so far, numbers are pretty small. For the time being, we have abandoned the duplicate pairs idea and instead we have been running a supervised play session. This is led by one of our top players, Margaret Nygren, and is proving a great success. The atmosphere is completely relaxed with lots of chatter—mostly about bridge. [See more…]

Item updated 9 November 2021, author Rosie White

Item posted 20 September 2021


Twenty‑five teams have entered this year’s competition. After seeding the teams by NGS, the draw (updated regularly with match results) for the first five rounds has completed. A random draw avoiding rematches was made for Round Six with results:

  • Muppets v Phoenix
winner: Muppets
  • Leslie v Harris
winner: Leslie
  • Orca v De Botton
winner: Orca

Team Muppets is undefeated and has a bye through to the final. The result for Round Seven, the semifinal and a rematch, is:

  • Orca v Leslie
winner: Leslie

The final between teams Muppets and Leslie took place online in mid‑December. The teams’ uncharacteristic shyness in letting the club know the result has contributed to a delay in announcing  the winners. Congratulations to team Leslie (Tim Leslie, Mike Bell, Ben Norton, Michael Byrne, Kieran Dyke) who won by 30 IMPs over a 56‑deal match. (Team Leslie was 7 IMPs ahead after 48 deals so their opponents exercised their right, as the undefeated team, to an extra eight deals, but to no avail.) [See more…].



Item updated 20 January 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

The final has been played and the winners were team Leslie.
Both Division One and Division Two matches start Wednesday 19 January; rounds continue at two-week intervals.
20 January 2022 at 2.00pm.
LMBA face‑to‑face event on 30 January 2022 at 11.30am.
The play‑by date for Round One is 6 March.

Tuesday 11.00am face-to-face sessions begin on 12 October.

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In play at the Young Chelsea


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 monthly hybrid 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.

Typical menu
Typical menu

We have a licensed bar and a kitchen.

Omelettes, salads and sandwiches are available.


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.


Supervised Play
YCSL D1M1 Hillman vs Covert
YC Super League Div2 R1
Director: Gitte
Scorer: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
YC Super League Div1 R1
Director: Gitte
Scorer: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
Monday Evening Duplicate
Director: Mike Eden
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Director: Gitte
20th Jan 2022
Goldhawks Seminar—Two-suited overcalls
MindSports Centre
20th Jan 2022
Improvers Course—Lesson 2 of 8
MindSports Centre
24th Jan 2022
Monday Evening Duplicate
MindSports Centre 7.00pm
25th Jan 2022
New Chiswick Duplicate
MindSports Centre 7.15pm
Host: New Chiswick
25th Jan 2022
Goldhawks Pairs
MindSports Centre
25th Jan 2022
Beginners Course—Lesson 3 of 8
MindSports Centre