Registered Charity Number 1158813

Release 2.19n
Grafton Edwards RIP
Grafton Edwards circa 2010 Grafton Edwards circa 2010

Older members will be saddened to learn that one of the great characters of the club, Grafton Edwards, has died earlier this month at the age of 80. (In more recent years he played most of his bridge at the Lavender Bridge Club.)

An article about Grafton from 1999 in The Guardian contains a perspective on his life outside of our game.

An obituary and details of his funeral arrangements will appear here as they become available.

Our sympathies go to his family and friends.


Item posted 14 February 2020

Team BLACK Wins 2018—2019 YCKO

Congratulations to team BLACK (Andrew Black, Phil King, Andrew McIntosh, Gunnar Hallberg) for winning the YCKO 2018 final. (This is the previous season’s event, not the one currently under way.) Behind team TELTSCHER (Victor Silverstone, Tom Townsend, Alex Hydes, Stelio di Bello) after 48 deals, BLACK as undefeated team used the right to play an extra eight deals and edged in front by 2 IMPs at the end.

Committee member Brian Callaghan (left) presents team BLACK players Andrew McIntosh, Phil King,and Andrew Black with their YCKO 2018–2019 winner’s prize Committee member Brian Callaghan (left) presents team BLACK players Andrew McIntosh, Phil King,and Andrew Black with their YCKO 2018–2019 winner’s prize
Tom Townsend from team TELTSCHER accepts the YCKO 2018–2019 runner‑up’s prize Tom Townsend from team TELTSCHER accepts the YCKO 2018–2019 runner‑up’s prize

The prizegiving took place at the club on Wednesday 5 February. BLACK received the £1,000 first prize and TELTSCHER got £400 as runner‑up.


Item posted 28 January 2020, updated 6 February 2020

London Championship Pairs 2020

This is the LMBA’s two‑session green‑pointed matchpoint pairs event from which the leading pairs qualify to represent London in the Corwen Trophy at the end of May. Held at the club on Sunday 8 March, the start time is 11.30am. Register your entry (or make an enquiry) by email to


Item posted 25 January 2020

Portland Pairs Heat 2020
The club, as usual, is to run a heat of the Portland Pairs which this year is on Sunday 29 March starting at 12.00 noon. Please note the date in your diaries.

The Portland is a two‑session mixed‑pairs event held at various venues. The event is matchpointed over the entire field via the internet.

The easiest way to enter is online on the EBU website through My EBU.


Item posted 20 January 2020

Young Chelsea Super League—Spring 2020

The brand‑new YC Super League started on 22 January. An amazing 21 teams have signed up for our top‑class competition—the giants of Division One will play for the honour of becoming the first ever YC Super League champions (and the big money prize of course), while the up‑and‑coming teams in Division Two will fight for promotion (and their own money prize). More details


Item posted 14 January 2020

Move to BridgeWebs

In the near future, the Young Chelsea will be switching to a BridgeWebs website. Benefits from the move are:

  • The cost to the club will be lower
  • It will be easier for us to keep up to date
  • It looks better on mobile phones

The new website is Please have a look round, bear with us while we smooth out the rough edges, and let us know what you think.

In future results will be loaded to Pianola (as now) and to BridgeWebs. We will not be dropping Pianola, so you have a choice of which you prefer.

When we switch over early in the new year, the “” address will take you to the new site


Item posted 29 December 2019

Round Two Undefeated Pool matches are due to be played.
Sunday 8 March starting at 11.30am.
Sunday 29 March starting at 12.00 noon.

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
Played weekend 23 & 24 November
Concluded 9 December
Final played 14 December
In progress weekly on Mondays at 7.00pm.
The Spring season matches began on Wednesday 22 January and continue at two-weekly intervals until 27 May, the last date for Division Two matches. Division One matches finish one week later on 3 June. The Draw

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. Committee member Paula Leslie has produced a guide  explaining 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 1½ hours 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.


Monday Evening Duplicate
Director: David Muller
Scorer: David Muller
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Director: Mike Eden
Scorer: David Muller
Monday Evening Duplicate
Director: David Muller
Scorer: David Muller
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Director: David Muller
Scorer: David Muller
YC Super League Div2 R1
Director: Jonathan Lillycrop
YC Super League Div1 R2
Director: Jonathan Lillycrop
19th Feb 2020
Supervised Play
19th Feb 2020
YC Super League (Both Divisions)
Director: Jonathan Lillycrop
20th Feb 2020
Goldhawks League
Host: Rosie White
21st Feb 2020
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
24th Feb 2020
Monday Evening Duplicate
Director: David Muller
24th Feb 2020
Goldhawks bridge for beginners lesson
Host: Niall Igoe