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

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: £13,125. [See more…]


Item posted 22 February 2020, updated 3 October 2020

The race for the trophy is taking shape. Five people have now qualified on the ladder by playing ten sessions (at least three on Fridays, at least three on other days and with at least three different partners). Leading the group is Margaret Nygren on 54.65%. [See ranking]


Item updated 24 October 2020


The YC is holding another of its Saturday online cross‑IMP pairs events on BBO on Saturday 31 October. [See more…]

Item posted 7 October 2020


Since it now seems unlikely that we will be able to re‑open the club and sell drinks at the bar this year, we have cleared out the bar stocks and are offering them for sale to any members who would like them. See the pictures for what is available at the special sale prices.

If interested, please contact Ollie at the club or on 07469 877918 to arrange a time to come and collect items from the club. If coming by car, please note that the gate across the driveway is now in use, but Ollie can give you the padlock combination to gain access to the yard.


Item posted 30 September 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

31 October 2020 at 1.00pm
14 & 15 November 2020 at 11.00am each day—ten 10-deal matches: six on the Saturday and four on the Sunday
Matches start 26 August and repeat every two weeks to finish 16 December 2020
Covers all club duplicates from 1 September to 7 December 2020 inclusive

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 Autumn 2020 season for both divisions begins on Wednesday 26 August and continues at two‑weekly intervals to finish on Wednesday 16 December. 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.

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 count towards the EBU’s National Grading Scheme.

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 Shepherd’s Bush.


Online Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Scorer: Gitte
Friday Speedball Pairs
Scorer: Gitte
Handicapped Online Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Young Chelsea AGM
YC Super League Div1 R5
Director: Jonathan Lillycrop
YC Super League Div2 R5
Director: Jonathan Lillycrop
26th Oct 2020
Online Monday Evening Duplicate
BBO 7.30pm
28th Oct 2020
Supervised Play
30th Oct 2020
Online Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
BBO 7.30pm
31st Oct 2020
Online “Halloween” Saturday Cross-Imp Pairs
Scorer: David Muller
2nd Nov 2020
Online Monday Evening Duplicate
BBO 7.30pm
4th Nov 2020
Supervised Play