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

The regular Thursday Daytime Duplicate is suspended on 22 February this week due to too few registrations.

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.

This week sees the first of our fortnightly Super Wednesday duplicates on 31 May. Everyone is welcome. Cheese and wine from 7.00pm; duplicate starts at 7.30pm.

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  £7,460.

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What’s happening this week
 
 

Young Chelsea Bridge Club

(Week starting 26 February 2024)

The club is closed between Christmas and the New Year

Monday

7.15pm

Monday Evening Duplicate — Everyone welcome, registration advised

Monday

7.30pm

Beginners Lesson—Contact club

Monday

7.30pm

Practice Play Session — Beginners/Improvers

Tuesday

11.00am

Goldhawks Duplicate—Everyone welcome

 

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

Suspended this week due to too few registrations—Cheese & Wine Buffet and Matchpoint Pairs Duplicate, not Affecting Your NGS—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

3.30pm

Open Day — Student recruitment

Thursday

1.00pm

Beginners Course — Contact club

Thursday

1.30pm

Beginners Course — Contact club

Thursday

1.00pm

YC Thursday Daytime Duplicate—Everyone welcome, registration advised

Thursday

7.00pm

LMBA Garden Cities Heat — Pre‑entry required

 

7.00pm

Supervised Duplicate—Beginners/Improvers

Thursday

7.30pm

Next Step Lesson — Contact club

Thursday

7.00pm

Supervised Play Session — Beginners/Improvers

Friday

6.30pm

YC AGM — All members welcome

Friday

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

10.30am

YC Half Marathon — Pre‑entry 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

 

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.
Wednesday 31 January.
Wednesday 28 February, draw on super league page.
Buffet and matchpoint duplicate (no NGS) on 6 March, registration advised.
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.
Two-session matchpoint duplicate at 1.00am on Sunday 19 May, registration advised.
Individual for the Keith Loveys tankard at 4.00pm then dinner and general festivities from 7.30pm provisionally on Saturday 22 June, registration advised.
Saturday & Sunday 6 & 7 July, pre‑entry required.
 

LATEST

Young Chelsea Championship Pairs 2024 for the Franklin To Cup—Report

 
The Franklin To cup flanked by Young Chelsea anniversary mugs
The Franklin To cup flanked by Young Chelsea anniversary mugs
 

After a fallow period, the Young Chelsea Championship Pairs was revived in 2024 and played on Sunday 28 January. The event has a handsome new trophy, the Franklin To Cup, generously donated by Franklin’s widow Macille. In 2012 Barry Myers and Franklin were the previous pair to have won the event and have their names recorded on the honours board.

 

 
Winners Martin Nygren and David Willis (the taller two) receiving the trophy and prizes from Ainsley and Christopher To
Winners Martin Nygren and David Willis (the taller two) receiving the trophy and prizes from Ainsley and Christopher To
 

The event resolved into a two‑horse race between the winners and the runners‑up. Congratulation to Martin Nygren and David Willis, who prevailed with a score of 60.31%. They keep the trophy for a year and each received one of the increasingly rare YC 50th anniversary coffee mugs as prizes. More importantly, their names go up on the honours baord.

Thank you, especially, to Franklin’s sons, Ainsley and Christopher, who took the time to come along to present the trophy and prizes, say a little about Franklin and chat with the contestants.

Results

[See more…]

 

Item posted 30 January 2024

Young Chelsea Knockout 2024

YCKO 2024

Seventeen teams have so far 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 semifinal match hase been completed. The play‑by date for the Final match was 17 December (moved a week later than originally planned), but as in previous seasons the schedule has slipped and the match will take place on Saturday 13 January.

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
  • Just Like That v Jupiter
winner: Jupiter
  • Entente Cordiale v Muller
winner: Muller

The one semifinal match is:

  • Jupiter v Muller
winner: Muller

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.) (Entries are now closed.)

Team Rosters

1 Brock Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Mike Scoltock, Richard Fedrick
2 Tommasini Stefano Tommasini, Sebastian Atisen, John Atthey, Neil Rosen
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 10 February 2024

Young Chelsea Knockout 2023 Final—Report

 
Young Chelsea Knockout 2023 winners team Brock—Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Graham Osborne, Frances Hinden, Richard Fedrick and (absent from the photo) Mike Scoltock
Young Chelsea Knockout 2023 winners team Brock—Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Graham Osborne, Frances Hinden, Richard Fedrick and (absent from the photo) Mike Scoltock
 

The final of the Young Chelsea Knockout 2023 took place on Saturday 13 January 2024. The teams contesting were Muller (David Muller, Trevor Mathews, Gordon Rainsford, Brian McGuire and Jonathan Lillycrop) and the undefeated Brock (Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Graham Osborne, Frances Hinden, Richard Fedrick and Mike Scoltock). Both teams played four‑handed  in the final with Lillycrop sitting out from team Muller and Fedrick & Scoltock sitting out from team Brock.

The match was close after 40 of the 48 deals, at which point Muller led by 4 IMPs. Unfortunately for Muller the sixth stanza didn’t go their way. Congratulations to team Brock who emerged victors by 23 IMPs.

The runners‑up receive a £300 prize while the winners get £800. The winners would normally play off against the London Teams‑of‑four winning team for a spot in London’s forthcoming prestigious Lederer invitational tournament. But since the other team in question already has a place in the Lederer, the Young Chelsea understands that team Brock will be invited in any case.

 

Item posted 14 January 2024

EBU December 2023 Promotions of YC Members

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

  • Nathan Piper
Premier National Master
  • David Newman
2 Star Regional Master
  • Niall Igoe
Life Master
  • Andrew Black
Life Master
  • Raja Krovvidi
Local Master
  • Theodore Sinclair
Premier Master
  • Marco Vann
District Masterr
  • Lily Kearney
Premier Master
  • Ben Payne
Area Master

Item posted 11 January 2024

Goldhawks Christmas Party 2023—Report

 
Chris Duckworth presents the Goldhawks Trophy to 2023 winner, George Korus
Chris Duckworth presents the Goldhawks Trophy to 2023 winner, George Korus
 

The Goldhawks celebrated Christmas with members bringing an array of home‑cooked treats for lunch during their Tuesday meeting on 19 December.

Meanwhile, Chris Duckworth both directed and played in the bridge, running the event as a twenty‑player individual movement. Congratulations to the winner, George Korus on 34.00 IMPs who keeps the Goldhawks Trophy for a year. Commiserations to second‑placed Sue Buchan on 28.50.

Full results

 

Item posted 20 December 2022

Christmas Party 2023—Report

The Christmas Party took place on Sunday 17 December, a change from the usual Saturday date.

The festivities kicked off at 3.45pm with a Christmas duplicate pairs event which attracted thirteen‑and‑a‑half tables and was ably directed by Mike Eden.

The winners were Simon Prager and Dick Jordan on 62.06%.

Full results

 

 
YC Christmas party quiz winners (clockwise from left)—Niall Igoe, Gordon Clark, Frances Liew, Sue Grant, John Cox, Alex Hannon and Miu Wong
YC Christmas party quiz winners (clockwise from left)—Niall Igoe, Gordon Clark, Frances Liew, Sue Grant, John Cox, Alex Hannon and Miu Wong
 

The evening continued with a well received hot buffet meal. Thanks to Chris Duckworth and Carrie Eden for days of food preparation and cooking.

After the meal came a quick‑fire quiz, prepared by Andrew Conway. The overall theme was of two‑word answers where the words began with consecutive letters of the alphabet. In a tight finish, the quiz winners were Frances Liew’s team.

The hard core then formed themselves into three teams for a speedball bridge tournament while the lightweights retired to the bar..

Hope to see you there in a year’s time.

 

Item posted 18 December 2023

Entries Are Open for the YCKO Teams 2024

The 2023 YCKO is over with the final, between Brock and Muller, won by Brock.

Please would you register, if your team wants to take part, for the 2024 YCKO event before February 2024 to enable us to make a draw. All paid‑up Young Chelsea members are welcome to play. This is one of the club’s traditional teams events which will be run along the same lines (same rules, same prizes) as in 2023.

 

Item updated 29 January 2024

Thursday Daytime Duplicates Resume This Autumn

Our Thursday daytime duplicates resume this Autumn, with the first on 2 November. Start time is 1.00pm with a short break halfway through the session for complimentary tea/coffee and cake. Daytime session prices are £8 for members and £12 for visitors. Please register, as either individuals or pairs, in advance so that we know how many players to cater for.

Item posted 19 October 2023

Super Wednesday Games

SUPER WEDNESDAY GAMES

The YC Super League season may have finished but the YCBC Wednesday bi-monthly evening games continue! These sessions are suitable for any player who relishes the challenge of matchpoints with the sociability of some food and drink.

>The first Super Supper session is on 7.00pm). The game starts at 7.30pm. There are small prizes for the winners and highest‑placed jack‑high pair.

The second Super Supper session is on Wednesday 14 June and is a pizza‑and‑prosecco buffet.

The third Super Supper session is on Wednesday 28  June and is a taste‑of‑Thailand buffet.

The fourth Super Supper session is on Wednesday 12 July and is a cheese‑and‑wine buffet.

The fifth Super Supper session is on Wednesday 26 July and is a beer‑and‑bangers buffet.

The sixth Super Supper session is on Wednesday 9 August and is a chilli‑and‑tortilla‑chips buffet.

ADVANCE NOTICE

Following the success of the Super Wednesdays during the summer, and a very positive survey response from those who played regularly in the last few weeks, we have decided to continue holding these events on the alternate Wednesdays from the Super League.

The next Super Supper session is on Wednesday 7 February and will feature a cheese‑and‑wine buffet.

The entry fee is £15 per player (£5 per junior). For catering purposes please register online via the website.

Registering in advance helps the club make catering plans. Please note that there will be a wide range of non‑alcoholic drink options.

Item posted 16 May 2023, updated 29 January 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
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Director: Gitte
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Director: Chris Dee
YC Super League Div1
Director: Gitte
YC Super League Div2
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Chris
 
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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.

To book or for more information contact the manager@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 - Teams - Chicago Bridge most days of the week

  • EBU affiliated

  • Experienced EBU directors

  • Master points and NGS points awarded

  • Hosts—please call/email the CM ahead if possible

  • Licenced bar and refreshments available

  • Lessons for all levels: from Newbies to World‑Class players

  • 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.