Following goverment advice to cope with COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Young Chelsea is closed for face‑to‑face events: regular duplicates and matches are suspended.

For the duration of the closure, regular online Young Chelsea duplicates are available in the evenings on Mondays and Fridays.

Registered Charity Number 1158813

Release 2.19o
William Clennell—YC U26 junior duplicate organiser
William Clennell—YC U26 junior duplicate organiser


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 and split into separate sections according to experience, 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 sixth duplicate on 26 February:

William Clennell & Dominic Cooke!

Item posted 10 January 2021, updated 26 February 2021


Yes, the project is underway despite the suspension of face‑to‑face bridge, and we’re still looking for donations.

Many thanks to those who have so far pledged: £13,800. [See more…]


Item posted 22 February 2020, updated 23 January 2021

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 One matches have been played and teams can see who their Round Two opponents are. Please start to arrange and play your Round Two matches if you haven’t already done so. [See more…]


Item updated 3 February 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

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.
The YC is affiliated to the LMBA which is holding its Championship Pairs on 13 March 2021.
Round One is complete; the play‑by date for Round Two matches is 14 March 2021.

New manager Ollie Burgess
New manager Ollie Burgess
7 September 2020—new manager Ollie Burgess
Suspended. When we resume, will continue weekly on Mondays at 7.00pm.
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
Bridge session 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
Scorer: William Clennell
Online Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Scorer: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
#30759 Pairs Young Chelsea (YC) Friday Speedball
Scorer: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
YC Super League Div1 R3
Director: Jonathan Lillycrop
YC Super League Div2 R3
Director: Jonathan Lillycrop
Online Monday Evening Duplicate
Scorer: Brian Callaghan
1st Mar 2021
Online Monday Evening Duplicate
BBO 7.30pm
3rd Mar 2021
Supervised Play
5th Mar 2021
Online Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
BBO 7.30pm
5th Mar 2021
Under-26 Junior Cross-IMP Duplicate
RealBridge 7.30pm
8th Mar 2021
Online Monday Evening Duplicate
BBO 7.30pm
10th Mar 2021
YC Super League Div1 R4

RealBridge. (Come back for session login link on the day.)

Director: Jonathan Lillycrop