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

Item updated 28 September 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


The YC is holding another of the Saturday online cross‑IMP pairs events, that were popular during the summer, on BBO on Saturday 3 October. See details, registration form and entry list.


Item posted 21 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

New Manager Ollie Burgess
New Manager Ollie Burgess

Although we were very sad to lose Rachel, who has now left to pursue her studies to become a vicar, we are delighted to have appointed Ollie Burgess as our new club manager. He starts at the club today, 7 September, and looks forward to meeting everyone at the club as soon as he can. [See more…]


Item posted 7 September 2020

India Leeming India Leeming
Athena Chow Athena Chow
Louise Selway Louise Selway

We are very pleased to have launched an exciting new project aimed at recruiting new, younger members. [See more…]


Item posted 22 February 2020, updated 18 July 2020

Youth Initiative Donations

Sum Pledged to Date: £12,450 Target: £50,000

Item last updated 18 July 2020

The Young Chelsea Super League finished successfully earlier in June, having overcome an unanticipated challenge in mid‑season from Covid‑19. Thank you for your flexibility in continuing the competition online. [See more…]


Item posted 23 June 2020

The Online Midsummer Swiss Teams is now completed, thanks to all who took part. Congratulations to the Hillman team (Richard Hillman, Keith Bennett, Brian Callaghan, Nicola Smith, Rob Cliffe and Frank To) who won by 15 VPs ahead of second‑placed Michael Jackson’s 5. Final rankings can be found here.


Item posted 4 June 2020, updated 19 August 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

3 October 2020 at 1.00pm—single extended-session of approximately 36 deals
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

Winners of the NICKO 2018–2019 final, Young Chelsea L—playing were Neil Rosen, James Thrower, Andrew McIntosh, Ali Ahmed Winners of the NICKO 2018–2019 final, Young Chelsea L—playing were Neil Rosen, James Thrower, Andrew McIntosh, Ali Ahmed
Final played 14 December
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.

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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 Monday Evening Duplicate
Scorer: Brian Callaghan
Handicapped Online Monday Evening Duplicate
Online Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Scorer: Gitte
Friday Speedball Pairs
Handicapped Online Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
YC Super League Div1 R3
Director: Jonathan Lillycrop
2nd Oct 2020
Online Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
BBO 7.30pm
3rd Oct 2020
Online Cross-IMP Pairs Tournament
A single extended‑session online cross‑IMPed pairs tournament of approximately 36 deals. There will be a break of about 20 minutes at half time. Open to both YC members and non‑members for the same price of $10 BBO dollars (payable within BBO on the day).
5th Oct 2020
Online Monday Evening Duplicate
BBO 7.30pm
7th Oct 2020
Supervised Play
7th Oct 2020
YC Super League Div1 R4
Director: Jonathan Lillycrop
7th Oct 2020
YC Super League Div2 R4
Director: Jonathan Lillycrop