Young Chelsea Bridge Club
Established in 1968, the "YC" 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 currently organises games every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening; and will soon[when?] be expanding its calendar as outlined in the Club website. The Club is also home to Nick Sandqvist's London Super League, which will soon be recommencing teams events there two or three times a month. Bridge lessons at several different standards will feature heavily in the weekly schedule, as well as supervised practice.
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, aged 76, on 30 August 2013.
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 (following a hiatus after 2009, it has been successfully restarted as a Half Marathon (=12 hours) and has been played five times since October 2012)
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.
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