Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal

The club has raised  £6283.54.

The Autumn season of our Super League teams competition starts for Division One on Wednesday 24 August and for Division Two on Wednesday 21 September.

For any information

Contact the Management Team
07713 322420

Registered Charity Number 1158813

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What’s happening this week

The Young Chelsea Bridge Club

(Week starting 26 September 2022)



Monday Evening Duplicate — Everyone welcome



Goldhawks Duplicate — Everyone welcome



New Chiswick BC Duplicate — Suspended



Improvers Course — Contact club



Online Supervised Play — Beginners/Improvers



YC Super League Divisions One and Two — Pre‑entry required



Beginners Course — Contact club



Beginners Course — Contact club



Supervised Duplicate — Beginners/Improvers



Next Step Course — Contact club



YC Friday Evening Duplicate — Everyone welcome



Half Marathon — Enter before Friday



Half Marathon — Enter before Friday

The play‑by date for Round Five is 11 September.
Saturday 1 October at 10.30am.
Sunday 2 October at 12.00 noon.
Saturday & Sunday 19 & 20 November.


Autumn Classes 2022

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


Wednesday evenings, 7.30–9.30pm, starting 21 September


Thursday afternoons, 1.30–3.30pm, starting 22 September


Sunday mornings, 11.00am–1.00pm, starting 16 October

Next Step

Thursday evenings, 7.30–9.30pm, starting 22 September


Tuesday evenings, 7.30–9.30pm, starting 20 September

Places are still available on all the courses—please contact manager@ycbc.co.uk to book places, or use the booking form available from the Classes page.

Item last updated 14 September 2022

Extension of Club Premises

Agreement has been reached with the owners of the London MindSports Centre to extend the club premises into the whole of the upper floor. Initially, this will be for a one‑year period, on very favourable rental terms, but if this works out financially, it will become a longer‑term arrangement. This will provide two more playing rooms—a large open‑plan area above the ground floor main hall, to be known as the Warwick Room, and an adjoining small Match Room which will accommodate two or three tables. This will allow much more flexibility both for club events and matches and also for hiring out space for other activities within the building.

The rooms need to be furnished and equipped, but should be ready for use by the beginning of the match season this autumn. We are likely to need more card tables, so if any members have surplus tables at home, we would love to have them. Or if you know of any possible source of tables—perhaps from a closing‑down bridge club—please let us know.


Item posted 31 July 2022

The ICE Man Returneth—Report

James Jones cup 2022—winners Szczepan Smoczyński and Gitte Hecht‑Johansen
James Jones cup 2022—winners Szczepan Smoczyński and Gitte Hecht‑Johansen

On Saturday 30 July Peter Richardson from the Institution of Civil Engineers organised their annual bridge club pairs event for the James Jones cup. Although intended as annual, this was the first time since 2019 that the event had been held, because of lockdowns in 2020 and 2021. As in 2019 the venue was the Young Chelsea (but this time in the new premises in Dalling Road).

Congratulation to the winners, YC club members Szczepan SmoczyńskiGitte Hecht‑Johansen. And let’s record a special word about Gitte, who must be the consummate player, able to cope with whichever partner sits himself before her. She successfully defended her title, having won in 2019 opposite Neeraj Tanna. [See more…]


Item updated 5 August 2022

Bridge at the John Betts School Summer Fair 2022

Minibridge table at the John Betts School Summer Fair with Chris Duckworth presiding
Minibridge table at the John Betts School Summer Fair 2022 with Chris Duckworth presiding

The John Betts school, a short distance north of the club, held its Summer Fair on Saturday 2 July. Thanks to the good offices of committee member Sara Chiappara, the Young Chelsea had a stand at the fair. And a small detachment of club members took some equipment there to advertise the club’s wares.

The weather smiled upon the venture, which had taken the risk of setting up in the playground under the open sky. The stand attracted a fair number of prospective players, and in the picture, taken by Sara, Chris Duckworth is introducing minibridge to what may well become tomorrow’s clientele.


Item posted 4 July 2022

YCBC Women’s Swiss Teams—November 2022

This year we are giving plenty of notice of the sixth edition of our successful YCBC Women’s Swiss Teams event, which will take place at the club over the weekend 19 & 20 November. [See more…]

Item updated 21 August 2022, author Paula Leslie

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

EBU March Promotions of YC Members

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

  • Paddy Murphy
District Master
  • Daniel Cardnell 
Premier Regional Master
  • Christopher Kemp
Premier Master
  • Richard Collins
Premier Regional Master
  • Rhonda Collins
Premier Regional Master
  • Louise Selway
Premier Regional Master
  • Ken Broadbent
Premier Master
  • Edward Battersby
District Master
  • Jirayus Jinapong
Club Master
  • Hugo Jee
Club Master

Item posted 10 April 2022

2022 at the Young Chelsea

We are very pleased to announce that, after fairly long‑drawn‑out negotiations, the YCBC has now signed a 30‑year lease on the club premises at the London MindSports Centre in Dalling Road. The signing of the lease and the agreement of a very favourable rent will provide the club with a permanent home for the foreseeable future. [See more…]

Item posted 8 February 2022

Young Chelsea Knockout 2022

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 all Round Four matches completed. The play‑by date for the Quarter‑final was 11 September. However, with many teams unable to fix matches during the summer, some earlier matches ran late. The play‑by dates will not be enforced over the summer and autumn, but teams should be pro‑active in preparing dates for subsequent rounds, should they get through.

The director, Gitte Hecht‑Johansen, made a draw on Friday 9 September at the end of the evening duplicate to decide the Quarter‑final matches (from possibilities that prevent teams which have already met from facing each other again):

  • Binkie v Hinden
  • Orca v Harris
winner: Orca
  • Aardvarks v Leslie
winner: Leslie

Obviously, the Quarter‑final matches are running behind schedule. The club would appreciate teams arranging their matches to be played as soon as they reasonably can.

Once the match has been played, please notify the result to the club manager 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 28 September 2022

The Goldhawks Are Back


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

Monday Evening Duplicate
Scorer: David Muller
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Director: Gitte
YC Super League Div2
YC Super League Div1
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Director: Jonathan Jacobs
Monday Evening Duplicate
Scorer: David Muller
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 MindSports Centre
The MindSports Centre

The 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.

28th Sep 2022
Online Supervised Play
RealBridge 2.00pm
28th Sep 2022
Beginners Course
MindSports Centre
29th Sep 2022
Beginners Course
MindSports Centre
29th Sep 2022
Thursday Evening Supervised Duplicate
MindSports Centre
29th Sep 2022
Next Step Course
MindSports Centre
30th Sep 2022
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
MindSports Centre
Director: Gitte