Young Chelsea Bridge Club
The Young Chelsea Bridge Club is a (duplicate) contract bridge club currently situated in temporary accommodation at the Queen's Club in Barons Court, since the lease on its Earl's Court premises ran out in July 2013. 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 evening and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons; 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 French Club moved to the Institut Francais de Royaume-Uni in nearby South Kensington when the Young Chelsea moved to Barons Court.) 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.
After a period of illness (Alzheimer's Disease), Warwick Pitch died on 30th August, 2013.
The Club is currently optimistic about moving to new permanent premises of its own in the Goldhawk Road area in 2014.
Events traditionally hosted
- The Lederer Memorial Trophy (International) - at the RAC in Pall Mall in 2013, on account of current temporary accommodation.
- 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.
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (July 2008)|
- 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