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Club Events…

…are face‑to‑face once more, now that the new premises are ready and COVID restrictions have been lifted. However, live Goldhawk games will not be starting this week. They will re-start towards the end of September. Details will be published when available.

Registered Charity Number 1158813

Release 2.19o

The Young Chelsea’s teaching programme is about to restart at Dalling Road. We have a free taster session on Thursday 16 September between 3.00pm and 7.00pm, and then beginners’ courses start on Tuesday 21 September (1.00pm–3.00pm) and Thursday 23 September (7.00pm–9.00pm), each running for eight weeks.

As the programme progresses, we’ll be adding intermediate and advanced classes, as well as supervised practices and gentle duplicates.

Anyone can pitch up to the taster session—if you know of anyone who’d like to enrol in the classes proper, just have them drop me a line, at manager@ycbc.co.uk.


Item last updated 8 September 2021, author Ian Payn

The reopening party took place on Sunday 29 August at the new premises in Dalling Road. (Builders and YC helpers had worked tirelessly to get the ground floor ready for the event; the first floor will be available soon as well.) The main hall was full to capacity, with almost as many tables, about 18, as we could squeeze in. Normally the room will be laid out with around 12 tables, providing plenty of space for everyone.

Club sign
Club sign

The front doors stood open and the YC sign was temporarily propped up by planters in case any visitor failed to recognise the building. [See more…]


Item posted 1 September 2021, updated 23 August 2021

The Online Midsummer Swiss Teams is now completed. Thanks to all who took part. Congratulations to the Hinden team (Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Frances Hinden, Mike Scoltock, David Kendrick, David Burn and Graham Osborne) winners with a score of 128.18VPs (a very fine average of 16.02VPs per match). They had the event sewn up before their last match and finished more than a match and a half clear. See the final standings on the EBU website. [See more…]


Item posted 29 May 2021, updated 23 August 2021

Team Bucknell—winners of the EBU Summer Meeting Swiss Pairs 2021
Team Bucknell: Phil King, Kevin Castner, Ben Norton & Mike Bell—winners of the EBU Summer Meeting Swiss Teams 2021

Congratulations to YC players Phil King, Kevin Castner, Ben Norton & Mike Bell who won the Four Stars Teams, the main event, at the EBU Summer Meeting in Eastbourne over the weekend. They had to do without their captain, Charlie Bucknell, who had the misfortune to be “pinged” earlier in the week.


Item posted 18 August 2021

The work is still on course for our re‑opening party on Sunday 29 August to take place as planned. The renovation of the new premises will not be completed, but enough should be done to allow face‑to‑face play to recommence in September, when we will revert to regular games on Monday evenings at 7.00pm and Friday evenings at 7.30pm. For our online members unable to come to the club in person, the Friday evening online games will continue on the first Friday of each month, run as hybrid sessions alongside the face‑to‑face duplicate.

We are all looking forward very much to seeing all our old friends playing in the club once again.


Item posted 11 August 2021

Szczepan and Claire—winners of the EBU Summer Meeting Swiss Pairs 2021
Szczepan and Claire—winners of the EBU Summer Meeting Swiss Pairs 2021

Congratulations to YC members Szczepan Smoczyński and Claire Robinson on their tremendous result over the weekend. They celebrated the EBU’s return to face‑to‑face bridge by winning the Swiss Pairs at the Summer Meeting in Eastbourne.


Item posted 10 August 2021

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

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

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

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


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
winner: Orca


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

 [See more…].



Item updated 13 September 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

Free taster session 16 September and beginners’ eight‑week courses starting 21 and 23 September 2021.
19 September 2021—single extended-session, mixed pairs 2.00pm.
For less experienced players—next session tba.
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.

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.

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.

Salads and sandwiches are available.

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.


Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Director: Gitte
YC Super League Div1 R2
Director: Jonathan Lillycrop
Supervised Play
YC Super League Div2 R2
Director: Jonathan Lillycrop
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Director: Gitte
Scorer: Gitte
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Hybrid Duplicate
Director: Gitte
Scorer: Gitte
21st Sep 2021
Beginners Course—Lesson 1 of 8
22nd Sep 2021
Supervised Play
23rd Sep 2021
Beginners Course—Lesson 1 of 8
24th Sep 2021
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
YC 7.30pm
24th Sep 2021
Friday Evening Speedball
YC 10.45pm
24th Sep 2021
EBU 2021 European Open Trials Stage One [day 1 of 3]
Host: EBU