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There’s still time to give yourself a chance of a £500 prize by signing up and playing in our Half Marathon on Saturday 27 July—details in the poster.

due to some very last‑minute dropouts which make the session unviable on this occasion.

Come along on Wednesday 24 July for a lighthearted evening duplicate with complimentary nibbles and no NGS. Everyone is welcome. Nibbles from 7.00pm; duplicate starts at 7.30pm.

Unfortuanetely, we have cancelled the Super Wednesday duplicate, scheduled this week for 5 June. due to too few registrations.

It is not too late to enter the Mixed Pairs this coming Sunday 19 May. And we are delighted to say that the leading pairs in this event will be eligible to win one of four fantastic prizes being offered by the organisers of the International Deauville Bridge Festival in July.

Any last‑minute entries to the 2024 YCKO accepted until Wednesday 31 January.

The club is closed as usual over Easter, so there are no Friday morning and no Friday evening duplicates on 29 March.

The regular Super Wednesday Duplicate is suspended on 20 March this week due to too few registrations.

New Friday morning games start this week.

The Friday evening duplicate this week on 31 May is upstairs in the Warwick Room.

The first scheduled date fur our Autumn 2023 Super League matches is 23 AugustWednesday this week.

Members are welcome to attend the club AGM to be held this year just before the regular duplicate on Friday 20 October.

From Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 October, there will be no District line service between Earl’s Court and Ealing Broadway/Kensington (Olympia)/Richmond. This means Ravenscourt Park, the closest station to the club, will not be in use. Hammersmith, a ten‑minute walk or short bus ride away, is the closest station served by other lines.

Current standings in the Women’s Swiss Teams held this year over the weekend 18 & 19 November.

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at the Young Chelsea in the London MindSports Centre.

at the London MindSports Centre.

As Monday 8 May is a bank holiday, the weekly evening supervised game will not take place that day.

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  £7,508.

For any information

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What’s happening this week
 
 

Young Chelsea Bridge Club

Week starting 22 July 2024

     

Monday

7.30pm

Beginners Lesson—Contact club

Monday

7.30pm

Practice Play Session — Beginners/Improvers

Tuesday

11.00am

Goldhawks Duplicate—Everyone welcome

 

11.00am

Introduction to Bridge Seminar—For juniors aged approximately 9–19

 

7.00pm

HCC Bridge Taster Session — Contact club

 

7.15pm

New Chiswick Duplicate — Everyone welcome

 

7.30pm

Next Step Lesson—Contact club

Wednesday

2.00pm

Seminar: Planning the Play—Registration advised

 

2.00pm

Online Supervised Play — Beginners/Improvers

Wednesday

7.15pm

YC Super League Division Two—Pre‑entry required

 

7.30pm

YC Super League Division One—Pre‑entry required

Wednesday

7.00pm

Matchpoint Pairs Duplicate, Complimentary Nibbles, no NGSCancelled due to too few registrations—Everyone welcome, registration advised

 

7.30pm

Beginners Lesson—Contact club

 

7.30pm

Next Step Lesson — Contact club

Wednesday

7.30pm

Next Step Course — Contact club

Thursday

2.00pm

Seminar: Cue‑Bidding for Slams—Registration advised

Thursday

3.30pm

Open Day — Student recruitment

Thursday

1.00pm

Beginners Course — Contact club

Thursday

1.30pm

Beginners Course — Contact club

Thursday

1.00pm

Thursday daytime games are cancelled in favour of new Friday morning games starting next week—YC Thursday Daytime Duplicate—Everyone welcome, registration advised

Thursday

7.00pm

LMBA Garden Cities Heat—Pre‑entry required

Thursday

7.00pm

Supervised Duplicate—Beginners/Improvers

 

7.30pm

Next Step Lesson—Contact club

Thursday

7.00pm

Supervised Play Session — Beginners/Improvers

Friday

6.30pm

YC AGM — All members welcome

Friday

10.00am

YC Friday Morning Relaxed Duplicate—Everyone welcome

 

7.30pm

YC Friday Evening Duplicate—Everyone welcome

Saturday

10.00am

BGB Gold Cup Semifinals — Spectators welcome

Saturday

10.45am

EBU Premier League Div Three — Pre‑entry required

Saturday

11.30am

LMBA London Congress Swiss Pairs—Contact LMBA

Saturday

11.00am

James Jones Cup (Swiss Pairs) — Cancelled

Saturday

11.00am

Junior Auction Pairs—Registration advised

Saturday

10.30am

YC Half Marathon—Everyone welcome, registration required

Saturday

10.30am

Learn Bridge in a Weekend—Contact Ned Paul

Saturday

10.30am

YC Women’s Teams — Pre‑entry required

Saturday

4.00pm

YC Christmas Party — Everyone welcome

Sunday

10.00am

BGB Gold Cup Finals — Spectators welcome

Sunday

10.45am

EBU Premier League Div Three — Pre‑entry required

Sunday

11.30am

Franklin To Championship Pairs—Everyone welcome, registration advised

Sunday

1.00pm

YC Mixed Pairs — Everyone welcome

Sunday

10.30am

Learn Bridge in a Weekend—Contact Ned Paul

Sunday

3.30pm

YC Christmas Party — Everyone welcome

Sunday

10.00am

YC Women’s Teams — Pre‑entry required

Sunday

11.00am

Improvers Lesson — Contact club

 

3.30pm

All‑YC NICKO Final, Thrower vs Robinson — Spectators welcome

Sunday

11.30am

LMBA London Congress Swiss Teams—Contact LMBA

Sunday

2.00pm

LMBA Mixed Pairs — Contact LMBA

Sunday

2.00pm

LMBA Palmer Bayer Pairs — Contact LMBA

Sunday

3.30pm

Keith Loveys Individual—Registration advised

 

7.00pm

Summer Party Buffet and Quiz—Registration advised

 

11.30am

LMBA London Championship Pairs — Contact LMBA

 

11.30am

LMBA Ian Gardiner Teams of Four championship qualifier — Contact LMBA

FOR YOUR DIARY
Final on Saturday 13 January.
Two-session matchpoint duplicate at 11.30am on Sunday 28 January, registration advised.
London has cancelled this event in its current form due to insufficient entries. Should a suitable date be found, it will run online instead. Two-session green‑pointed pairs at 11.30am on Sunday 17 March, registration advised.
Inter-club teams‑of‑eight qualifier at 7.00pm on Thursday 21 March, pre‑entry required.
Sunday 5 May.
From 2.00pm until 5.00pm on Thursday 9 May, registration required.
Two-session matchpoint duplicate at 1.00pm on Sunday 19 May, registration advised.
For juniors aged approximately 9–19, Tuesday 28 May at 11am.
Individual for the Keith Loveys tankard at 3.30pm then dinner and general festivities from 7.00pm on Sunday 9 June, registration advised (reduced price for those skipping the Bridge Individual).
Two-session matchpoint duplicate, in support of England Junior bridge at 11.00am on Saturday 15 June, registration advised.
Saturday & Sunday 6 & 7 July, pre‑entry required—brochure.
Matchpoint duplicate (complimentary nibbles, no NGS) on 24 July, registration advised.
Twelve hours of Cross-IMPed “pairs” (threesomes allowed) with minimum £500 prize for the winners on Saturday 27 July, registration required—poster.
Wednesday 28 August.
Women’s Teams over the weekend 12 & 13 October (Sunday-only entries half price) , registration advised—poster.
 

LATEST

Lighthearted Wednesday Evening Sessions

LIGHTHEARTED WEDNESDAY EVENING SESSIONS

The Wednesday evening sessions that the YCBC runs between Super League seasons are back! Now for the same £10 fee as as our regular evening games you get complimentary nibbles before the session. The food is available from 7.00pm and the bridge starts at 7.30pm. Your results in these sessions do not affect your EBU NGS. These sessions are suitable for any player who enjoys a sociable game of matchpoint bridge.

ADVANCE NOTICE

The next session is on Wednesday 24 July.

For catering purposes, please register online via the website.

Item posted 25 June 2024, updated 17 July 2024

EBU June 2024 Promotions of YC Members

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

  • Dennis Valtisiaris
Premier Life Master
  • Miu Wong
County Master
  • Jamie Fegarty
Premier National Master
  • Kevin Castner
Premier National Master
  • Paul Gibson
Club Master

Item posted 10 July 2024

London Congress 2024 at the YC—Report

 
London Congress 2024 Pairs Winners Matt Brown and Steve Raine
London Congress 2024 Pairs Winners Matt Brown and Steve Raine
 

The Young Chelsea is affiliated to the LMBA which, as last year, ran the London Congress at the club. This year’s event took place over the weekend of 7 & 8 July. On the Saturday, 38 pairs played a seven‑round Swiss Pairs event.

Congratulation to the winners on 109 VPs Matt Brown and Steve Raine. As well as being a fine player Steve also makes videos on the game which you can find on his You Tube channel Bridge with Steve (@bridgewithsteve).

Results

 

 
London Congress 2024 Teams Winners Gordon Clark, Niall Igoe, Jonathan Clark and Kripa Panchagnula
London Congress 2024 Teams Winners Gordon Clark, Niall Igoe, Jonathan Clark and Kripa Panchagnula
 

On the Sunday 20 teams played a six‑round Swiss Teams event.

Congratulations to the winning team on 84.15 VPs: Gordon Clark, Niall Igoe, Jonathan Clark and Kripa Panchagnula.

Results

 

Item posted 9 July 2024

Summer Party and Keith Loveys Individual 2024—Report

 
Rachel Bingham presciently seated below the Keith Loveys trophy
Rachel Bingham presciently seated below the Keith Loveys trophy
 
Rachel Bingham accepting the winner’s trophy from tournament director David Muller
Rachel Bingham accepting the winner’s trophy from tournament director David Muller
 

The Young Chelsea Individual is held in memory of the late Keith Loveys, a popular club member and expert bridge player. At seven tables, entries were slightly up from last year. The event this year was part of the Summer Party on Sunday 9 June.

Congratulations to the winner Rachel Bingham, who made it look like a walk in the park, finishing on 68.65% (over 7% clear of the field).

Second was Prakash Paranjape on 61.51% and third equal were John Pemberton and Stuart Nelson on 61.11%..

Results

[See more…]

 

Item posted 13 June 2023

Young Chelsea Mixed Pairs 2024—Report

 
Richard Haydon and Mireille Levy—winners of the Young Chelsea Mixed Pairs 2024
Richard Haydon and Mireille Levy—winners of the Young Chelsea Mixed Pairs 2024
 

The Young Chelsea Mixed Pairs 2024 took place at the club on Sunday 19 May. Seventeen pairs played two sessions of eighteen deals each.

On offer to the first four pairs were generous prizes from the Deauville Bridge Festival (to be held in July) of complimentary entry to the teams event plus accommodation in the Barrière hotel.

Very well done to the winners, Richard Haydon and Mireille Levy (on 60.94%), who established such a commanding lead in the first half that no one was able to catch them!

Overall ranking and session results are available via the following links:

[See more…]

 

Item posted 23 May 2024

New Friday Morning Relaxed Duplicates

New Friday Morning Relaxed Duplicates

Starting on Friday 15 March, we will be running a new Friday morning duplicate game aimed at our less‑expert members. It will be an 18‑board pairs duplicate from 10.00am until 12.30pm, hosted by either Gitte Hecht‑Johansen or Shelley Shieff. All abilities will be welcome, but we expect most to be at or below a jack on the NGS scheme. Table money will be £8 a head and we hope it will prove popular with those who can make a daytime  game.

Item posted 4 March 2024

Young Chelsea Knockout 2024

YCKO 2024

Seventeen teams have entered this year’s competition. The club will contact those teams which entered last year and have not yet done so this year.

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 bookings@ycbc.co.uk. The tournament is running late as the notional play‑by date for the Round Four matches was 9 June. Teams whose next‑round opponents are known have all been informed of their opponents and should play their matches as soon as practicable, please.

The club made a draw on Monday 21 August to decide the Quarter‑final matches (from possibilities that prevent teams which have already met from facing each other again):

  • Brock v Phoenix
winner: Brock
  • Entente Cordiale v Muller
winner: Muller

The one semifinal match is:

The final match is:

  • Brock v Muller
winner: Brock

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

The Young Chelsea Knockout (YCKO) is the club’s annual teams event that runs on “double elimination” lines—every team has to lose two matches before it is knocked out. Teams may consist of up to six players, all of whom must be YC members.

For 2024, the event will be played as a face‑to‑face competition with matches held at the club. Table money (inclusive of refreshments) per match will be £12.50 per player, all of whom must be paid‑up club members before taking part in a match. (Anyone who needs to may subscribe via the payments page.) Should the club exceptionally allow you to play a match online, the charge per match (debited from the captain’s/organizer’s YC account) will be the same as if played face to face. No other entry fee will be charged. Prize money will be £800 for the winning team, £300 for the runners‑up.

The winning team will hold the YCKO Trophy for the following year and will be eligible for a play‑off match against the team winning the LMBA London Championship Teams‑of‑four to decide which team will represent London in the 2024 Lederer invitation tournament.

Please enter by January on the registration page of the website. or by emailing the club manager at manager@ycbc.co.uk. (Entries are now closed.)

Team Rosters

1 Brock Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Richard Fedrick, Mike Scoltock
2 Tommasini Stefano Tommasini, Sebastian Atisen, John Atthey, Neil Rosen, Peter Taylor
3 Leslie Mike Bell, Tim Leslie, Ollie Burgess, Phil King, Sarah Bell
4 Binkie Brian Callaghan, David Burn, Heather Dhondy, Joe Fawcett, Richard Granville, Ian Payn
5 Muller David Muller, Trevor Mathews, Gordon Rainsford, Brian McGuire
6 Robbo’s Rabble Claire Robinson, Paul Barden, David Willis, Cameron Small, Jon Cox
7 Harris Steve Root, Jonathan Harris, Niall Igoe, Eduard Malhasyan
8 Verran Tony Verran, Ryan Stephenson, Andy Clery, Andy Conway
9 Entente Cordiale François Picard, Nicolas Leprovost, Gad Chadha, Steve Lee
10 Jupiter Boris Nedev, Christophe Grosset, Andrew Bannock, John Dagnall
11 Sushi Katharine Stynes, Debbie Sandford, Nathalie Shashou, Nick Sandqvist
12 Lawrenzo Patrick Lawrence, Oliver Lawrence, Charlie Bucknell, Christopher Kemp
13 Duckworth Chris Duckworth, Mike Graham, Graham Sadie, Ben Payne
1 Phoenix Liam Sanderson, Ali Ahmed, Croz Croswell, Jon Thoresen
14 Boland Fergal Boland, John Dean, John Pemberton, Stephen Popham
15 Newman David Newman, Alistair Brown, Clive Freedman, Martin S Taylor, Dick Jordan, Simon Prager
16 Mad Men Jonathan Davis, John Wilson, tba, tba
17 Panda James Thrower, Helen Rose, Matthew Brown, Croz Croswell, Magnus Spence Jones, Ravi Athwal

[See more…]

Page last updated 11 July 2024

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

Results
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Chris
Friday Morning Relaxed Duplicate
Director: Shelley
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Director: Gitte
Wednesday Evening Duplicate (complimentary nibbles, no NGS)
Director: Chris Dee
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Chris.
Friday Morning Relaxed Duplicate
Director: Shelley
 
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The London MindSports Centre, home of the Young Chelsea Bridge Club here in Hammersmith, is one of the best venues in the country to host your events.

For more information contact the centre manager: mindsports@ycbc.co.uk.

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 sessions for all levels ranging from novices to world‑class players

  • EBU affiliated

  • Experienced EBU directors

  • Master points and NGS points awarded

  • Hosts available for most sessions—please come early if you need a partner

  • Licenced bar and refreshments available

  • Lessons for all levels

  • 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.