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Club Events…

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

Registered Charity Number 1158813

Release 2.19o
Ian Payn
Ian Payn

Ollie Burgess has decided to step back from full‑time management of the club and, in the short term, Ian Payn has agreed to take over running the club on a day‑to‑day basis.

Ian, as well as currently being Chairman of the EBU, is a former chairman of the Young Chelsea committee and is very familiar with the way the club works. He also has a wealth of useful experience from his time, at various points in his career, as a bridge club host, IT consultant and as manager of a barristers’ chambers.  He will guide the club through the critical next two or three months as we make the transition to face‑to‑face bridge once more and establish the club in its new premises.

Ollie will continue to be a presence at the club, hosting some sessions and being involved with the teaching programme there. He is very conscious that he has not yet met many of the members in person and looks forward to the opportunity to do so soon.


Item posted 5 August 2021

The planned face‑to‑face heat of the Summer Congress Mixed Pairs will now be held instead as an online competition. The upgrade to the electricity supply at the new premises has unfortunately been unavoidably scheduled for 12 August, the day of the heat, meaning that face‑to‑face play that day will be impossible.

The entry fee for the competition will be reduced to £6 a head and the accounts for any players who have registered to play and already paid will be credited with the difference. Any entrant who no longer wishes to play should email the manager in order to de‑register and their account will be fully credited. Both Richmond and Wimbledon Bridge Clubs will be running face-to-face heats for anyone who is looking for an alternative venue.

Numbers in the club online heat will no longer be limited and further entries may be made on the registration page.


Item posted 31 July 2021

Wedding: Shahzaad & India
Wedding: Shahzaad & India

Many congratulations to popular YC members, India and Shahzaad on their wedding which took place over the weekend. The YC wishes them all the best for their future.


Item posted 26 July 2021

Work is continuing apace and the ceiling grids have been fitted in most rooms now. [See more…]


Item posted 23 July 2021

The management committee has decided that for the summer the Monday night game will take a much needed holiday and will resume face to face with a bang at the new premises [See more…]

Item posted 7 July 2021, author Ollie Burgess

We will be holding a grand re‑opening party for the club which, if all goes to plan, will be on Sunday 29 August. It will take the form of a 36‑deal duplicate played in two sessions with a break in between for a buffet supper. There will be a free welcome drink on arrival at 2.30pm and the bridge will start at 3.00pm. The new and spacious bar will be open throughout, and as it is the Bank Holiday weekend you can indulge yourself and have all day to recover on Monday! [See more…]

Item posted 6 July 2021, author Ollie Burgess

Midsummer Swiss Teams Draw Round Seven

Midsummer Swiss Teams Draw Round Six

Midsummer Swiss Teams Draw Round Five

Midsummer Swiss Teams Draw Round Four

Midsummer Swiss Teams Draw Round Three

Midsummer Swiss Teams Draw Rounds One & Two

Midsummer Swiss Teams standings on EBU website

This year we are using the EBULeague utility to record and display the scores and positions of the teams, even though the event will finish after the eighth round. You may see artificial near‑average placeholder scores for matches as yet unplayed: 10.01 for Round One, 10.02 for Round Two and so on.

[See more…]


Item posted 29 May 2021, updated 26 July 2021

The Goldhawks of the Young Chelsea Bridge Club have now moved online! The next session will be on Thursday 19 August at 7.30pm prompt (please log on to the RealBridge session by 7.20pm so that we may start on time). [See more…]


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

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 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

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

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. All Round Five matches have been played and the undefeated team, Muppets, is guaranteed another match even if they lose in Round Six, the quarter‑finals. A random draw avoiding rematches has been made for Round Six:

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

Please would the teams remaining in the competition start to arrange and play their Round Six matches.

 [See more…].



Item updated 27 July 2021


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 (suspended for the summer) 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 7 July 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 19 August at 7.30pm.
Weekly on Fridays starting 22 January 2021 at 7.30pm—Cross-IMPs on RealBridge.
Division One matches start Wednesday 1 September; Division Two matches start Tuesday 31 August; both continue at two-week intervals except for a one-week interval between the last two matches in each division.
Round Five is complete; the play‑by date for Round Six (quarter-final) matches is 12 September 2021.
Midsummer Swiss Teams—eight 16-deal matches, one per week, from 14 June to 8 August 2021.
29 August 2021—free drink 2.30pm, bridge with buffet supper 3.00pm.

Monday 7.00pm face-to-face sessions suspended. We have begun to run online RealBridge sessions on Thursdays approximately once per month.

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 9 July:

Benjamin Gardner & Henry Rose!

Item posted 10 January 2021, updated 10 July 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.


Supervised Play
Online Friday Evening Speedball
Scorer: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
Online Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Scorer: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
Supervised Play
Online Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Scorer: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
Online Friday Evening Speedball
Scorer: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
6th Aug 2021
Online Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
BBO 7.30pm
6th Aug 2021
Under-26 Junior Cross-IMP Duplicate
RealBridge 7.30pm
6th Aug 2021
Online Friday Evening Speedball
BBO 10.45pm
9th Aug 2021
Online Monday Evening Duplicate
RealBridge 7.30pm
11th Aug 2021
Supervised Play
12th Aug 2021
EBU Mixed Pairs Championship—Online YC Satellite Event
RealBridge 7.00pm