Young Chelsea bridge club

The Young Chelsea Bridge Club is a (duplicate) contract bridge club situated in the Earl's Court area of London: at least until July 2013, when its lease ends. Established in 1968, it has long been one of the focal points of British duplicate bridge, and crucial to the development of bridge in England for over four decades.

The Club organises games every weekday, and also hosts the London-based French Club, as well as many regional, national and international events including most events run under the auspices of the London Metropolitan Bridge Association. (The American Club no longer runs its IADBC duplicate, due to dwindling attendances.) The Club is also the home of Nick Sandqvist's London Super League, which holds teams events there two or three times a month. Bridge lessons at several different standards feature heavily in the weekly schedule, as well as supervised practice. Once a month (first Wednesday), the Club hosts a duplicate (German rules) skat tournament, run by the British Skat Association.

In 2006 the Club founder and secretary, Warwick Pitch, retired; transferring ownership of the Club to its members, on behalf of whom it is held by a discretionary trust. Since that time, the Club has been run by an elected committee, with the active assistance of an appointed sub-committee. The Club employs a full-time manager, who is responsible for its day-to-day running, currently the above-mentioned Nick Sandqvist.

Until March 2013, the Club was optimistic about moving to the Stockwell/Nine Elms area, near Wandsworth Road. Unfortunately, this project foundered at the planning application stage. However, the prestigious Queen's Club has recently offered a temporary home; while the search for a permanent one continues.

Events traditionally hosted

  • The Lederer Memorial Trophy (International)
  • The Garden Cities Trophy (National)
  • The Champions Cup (contested by the Home Counties)
  • The London Championship Pairs
  • The Daily Telegraph Cup (discontinued)
  • The Young Chelsea Marathon (after a hiatus since 2009, successfully held as a Half Marathon (=12 hours) in October 2012, and April 2013)

The Club also holds heats of many national events, as well as County events run by the London Metropolitan Bridge Association, which uses Club premises for its AGM.

External links

  • Young Chelsea Bridge Club
  • English Bridge Union
  • London Metropolitan Bridge Association
  • New York Times - Bill Gates plays his first-ever club game
  • London Super League
  • British Skat Association

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