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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. Live Goldhawk games are due to restart from Tuesday 12 October and run 11.00am–3.00pm.

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The fifth edition of our successful YCBC Women’s Swiss Teams event will return to face‑to‑face play and take place at the club over the weekend 27 & 28 November. As in previous years, we hope to have many international teams attend, but would love for plenty of YC players to take part too. If you would like to play but don’t have a partner or teammates or are only available on one of the two days, let me know (email paula2012leslie@gmail.com) and we will try to find a team for you. You may register a team for the event via the website. The entry fee is £300 per team (but free for junior teams) and includes lunch on both days and a drinks reception at the end of play on the Sunday.



Item posted 6 October 2021, author Paula Leslie

Good news: Monday evening duplicates are back, starting next Monday 4 October at 7.00pm. There will be a host system, so no partner necessary.

Thursday 7 October at 7.30pm is Quiz Night.

Tuesday 12 October sees the resumption of our more social Goldhawks games starting at 11.00am, with a break for lunch.

Saturday 4 December sees the first Christmas Party at Dalling Road.

Hopefully, there is something of interest to you here, and that we get to see you soon (Friday nights, of course, continue as before).

Item posted 30 September 2021


We are excited to report that the Goldhawks have a lovely new home at the London MindSports Centre at 21 Dalling Road, Hammersmith, W6 0JD. Newly refurbished, it boasts heating (yes, proper heating!), air‑conditioning and a state‑of‑the‑art ventilation system to help keep us all safe. We’re a two‑minute walk from Ravenscourt Park tube station, ten minutes or a short bus ride away from Hammersmith Broadway. We have a new and bigger bar/café with reduced bar prices—what’s not to love? [See more…]

Item posted 26 September 2021, author Rosie White

Debbie and Gad—winners of the LMBA Mixed Pairs 2021
Debbie and Gad—winners of the LMBA Mixed Pairs 2021

Congratulations to YC members Debbie Sandford and Gad Chadha on their win on Sunday. This Mixed Pairs was the first LMBA event to be held face to face at the club’s new premises. Full results are on the LMBA website.


Item posted 20 September 2021


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 a beginners’ course starts on Thursday 23 September (7.00pm–9.00pm), 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 25 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


Twenty‑five teams have entered this year’s competition. After seeding the teams by NGS, the draw (updated regularly with match results) for the first five rounds has completed. A random draw avoiding rematches was made for Round Six with results:

  • Muppets v Phoenix
winner: Muppets
  • Leslie v Harris
winner: Leslie
  • Orca v De Botton
winner: Orca


Team Muppets is undefeated and has a bye through to the final. Round Seven, the semifinal, is a rematch:

  • Orca v Leslie


Please would the two teams arrange and play their match. The club is available if the teams wish to play face to face.  [See more…].



Item updated 20 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 course starting 23 September 2021.
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 Division One.
Round Six matches, the quarter-finals, are complete; the play‑by date for the semifinal is 24 October 2021.
Face‑to‑face over the weekend 27 & 28 November 2021.

Tuesday 11.00am face-to-face sessions begin on 12 October.

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In play at the Young Chelsea


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.


Supervised Play
Monday Evening Duplicate
Director: Mike Eden
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
Director: Gitte Hecht
Supervised Play
YC Super League Div1 R4
Director: Jonathan Jacobs
YC Super League Div2 R4
Director: Gordon Rainsford
21st Oct 2021
Beginners Course—Lesson 5 of 8
22nd Oct 2021
Friday Evening Cross‑IMP Duplicate
YC 7.30pm
22nd Oct 2021
Friday Evening Speedball
YC 10.45pm
25th Oct 2021
Monday Evening Duplicate
YC 7.00pm
26th Oct 2021
Goldhawks Pairs
26th Oct 2021
YC Super League Div2 R5
Director: tba