2017 November Bridge NEWSLETTER
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Barbara Seagram (Toronto, Canada) ran one of the largest and most successful bridge clubs and bridge schools in N. America for many years, the Kate Buckman Bridge Studio. After selling the club in 2006, she now concentrates solely on teaching and organizing her popular bridge cruises, in addition to building and sustaining schools in Cambodia (thanks to the support of so many in the bridge community and her partner in this venture, Pati Lee). An ABTA Master Teacher, Barbara has co-authored many successful titles, most notably 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know. With more than 300,000 copies in print in English alone, this book is the bestselling bridge title of the last 50 years. It has been translated into Japanese, French, Danish and German.
Listen to a brief interview with Tracy Mumford about the TV show “Fargo,” with a 10 minute interview (at the end) with Barbara talking about the game of bridge.
To book any trip, contact PAOLA SHAW
AT VISION TRAVEL
Her telephone numbers are:
- Toll-free: 1-800-263-5575 #1228
Paola is an excellent agent with years of experience.
Her attention to detail is legendary
and she can help you with ANY trip you wish to go on.
BRIDGE LIMITED EDITION LITHOPRINT
This limited edition lithoprint has been created for us by Martin Holt, an artist in Israel. It is made possible by Alan Rickhayzen (a British bridge player living in Germany).
Buy one lithoprint for $230.00 CAN including shipping and $50.00 Can of this will now go to Barbara and Patti's Cambodia School programme.
SIZE: 20" wide by 16" deep.
I just purchased one and had it framed. It looks fabulous in my living room. - Barbara
There is tremendous detail in the artwork, all related to the game of bridge, the game we love.
Please order. You'll love it! AND you will be supporting Cambodia while you are at it. Go to http://www.seagram.thankupartner.com.
You will also receive a few greeting cards with the above print on the front.
With thanks from Barbara & Patti.
NEW 26th BOOK
PLANNING THE PLAY: THE NEXT LEVEL
by Barbara Seagram
Barbara's first book in this series (also co-authored by David Bird) won Book of the Year Award by the American Bridge Teachers' Association: Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand.
That first book introduced the basic concepts of how to go about making a plan as declarer for beginning and improving players, and is a popular text for bridge teachers. This sequel extends the plan to more complex situations, and covers ideas such as safety plays, avoidance play, trump control, dummy reversal, and endplays.
It will appeal to players who have a good grasp of the basics of declarer play, and are looking to improve from there.
Books are available from:
- Lee or Wayne at their excellent Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and evening games at Temple Sinai Synagogue @ 210 Wilson Ave.
- Josee at Trinity Presbyterian Church at 2737 Bayview Ave on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
- By email from Barbara
- You may pick up the books from us at a convenient address in North Toronto if you pre-arrange by email. We leave orders between our doors.
$22.95 + tax = $20.00 plus shipping.(Love our taxation system!!)
Buy Book # 1 and 2 for $40.00.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
by Barbara Seagram
Over the years, readers have suggested that it would be an even better book if it offered some way to practice what they had learned. Now, here it is: Barbara's 25th book...a brief summary of each of those 25 conventions, together with example hands that can be dealt out and used to apply your new or brushed up knowledge.
It can be mailed to you or you can pick it up in Toronto.
$19.95 + tax = $20.00
Available by emailing Barbara at , or at HABONIM. It can be mailed to you or you can pick it up in Toronto!
TWO OVER ONE TEXT BOOK
by Barbara Seagram
Simply explains all you need to know about this system that has swept the world. Quizzes within will make you very comfortable with the system very quickly. And if you don’t play it, at the very least you should understand what your opponents are playing.
$20.00 plus shipping
Available by emailing Barbara at
MY TWO OVER ONE CHEAT SHEET IS NOW OUT!
Everything you need to know about this system, in a nutshell. Simply explained.
Why you need to know the system that has swept North America by storm!
- What is the Forcing No Trump
- Questions to agree on with partner
- Recommended conventions you should consider playing
- Opener's rebid after Forcing 1NT
- Rebids by Responder after bidding Forcing 1NT
- Raising Partner's Major
- Tips to Help you Learn 2/1
- Semi-Forcing No Trump & an alternative approach
- Fourth Suit Forcing
And lots more!
Now available at Habonim (5 Glen Park Ave) or email Barbara with your address & we will send it to you by postal mail,
If you don't have Barbara's other cheat sheets, we will be happy to send these out to you. Just send us your postal mailing address and we will send.
When you receive the package
ALL 4 cheat sheets $40.00 for one of each
(REGULAR PRICE: $46.00)
Special is until December 31st.
, have a look to see cost of postage on outside of packet. Send us a cheque for cost of the product and add the postage. Sorry but we do not take credit cards.
Email Barbara to ORDER:
The Pocket Guide to Even More Bridge Conventions
by Barbara Seagram & David Bird
A summary of all the fancier conventions. A VERY useful summary in a nutshell. You will love it.
$9.95 + tax = $10.00 OR we can mail to you for discounted shipping price: Add $2.50
Available @ Habonim (5 Glen Park), or by contacting Barbara @ 416-487-8321
or by email,
Which book will help YOU the most?
- Books on Conventions
For Advance Beginners and Intermediate Players
- Books on Bidding, Playing and Defending at Bridge
For Beginners and Intermediate Players
- Quiz Books
For Beginners and Intermediate Players
Latest Laos Water Filter Fundraiser - Raises OVER $16,000.00
That is 143 water filters, providing more than one village and approximately 860 people with clean water for the first time in their lives. We are very excited about this and are so grateful to all our generous donors, some of whom attended our fundraiser on Sept 12th.
If you are interested in making a donation, do send a cheque made out to Adopt A Village In Laos,
220 Lawrence Ave East
Toronto ON M4N 1T2
Please view "Our Laos Projects 2017" flyer for pictures of our adventures in Laos and to learn more about the challenges of this wonderful country.
JUNE 2017 - Another Successful Cambodian School Fund Raiser!
Thank you so much to all of you who supported our Cambodian Schools fundraiser on Friday June 2nd. There were many who were unable to attend but generously donated to our cause anyway. We are so very grateful to all of you.
Thank you also to Enid Roitman, who is always there to help. She makes the Silent Auction table look so fantastic; she greets the people in the morning; and she handles the collection of the Silent Auction payments at the end of the day. We really could not run this function without her.
Thank you also to John Rayner, who gave us all a fabulous lesson on our favourite game, bridge. He is outstanding.
Thank you to all of our Sponsors, who donated such amazing things for our Silent Auction. Please see the list of their names on our websites and please support them. They really deserve all of our support.
One more thank you: A huge thank you to Timothy Eaton Memorial Church for allowing us to hold our fundraiser there. The Timothy Eaton Memorial Church is a wonderful church and we are so grateful to them.
We cannot thank you enough, all of you. for those who attended, we hope you enjoyed the events as much as we did.
Barbara Seagram & Patti Lee
We hope you can join us on our upcoming bridge cruise and/or bridge trip!
June 22 - July 6, 2018
Bridge Cruise on Regent Seven Seas Navigator
New York to Reykjavik, Iceland
With Barbara Segram, Patti Lee & Alex Kornel as hosts of this special cruise
The three of us will be escorting the group aboard ship but not at airports or in the air as people will be coming from all over. We will not be working for the cruise line, just for our group. Regent Seven Seas Navigator is an intimate cruising vessel with only 490 passengers. She offers an unsurpassed level of luxury and service not found on larger ships! Regent is the multi-year winner of the Canadian Travel Agent's Favourite Small Ship Cruise Line award, amongst others!
UPDATE: VERY LIMITED SPACE ON THE FIRST SAILING
- PLUS POST CRUISE LAND PACKAGE IN ICELAND (OPTIONAL)
- PRICES (INCLUDES AIR, TAXES, BRIDGE, GRATUITIES, TOURS AND ALL DRINKS ABOARD SHIP) & ITINERARY - INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE.
CONFIRMED: We have now added an optional Iceland to Dublin, Ireland
which follows on July 6th, 2018.
You may do one cruise or the other or both.
Barbara, Patti and Alex will be aboard to escort the trip, teach and run games during the cruise.
NOTE: THIS BRIDGE PROGRAM WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE TO THOSE BOOKED WITH VISION TRAVEL
To book, contact:
PAOLA SHAW AT VISION TRAVEL
328 Guelph Street, Georgetown, ON, L7G 4B5
905-873-8070 or toll free at 1-800-263-5575 # 1228
Paola is an excellent agent with years of experience. Her attention to detail is legendary and she can help you with ANY trip you wish to go on.
2018 SPRING / FALL BRIDGE AT THE BRIARS
· Fri - Sun 27-29 April, 2018
· Fri - Sun 26-28 October, 2018
...with Barbara Seagram & Alex Kornel
SAVE THESE DATES - BOOK NOW AS WE ARE ALWAYS FULL
JACKSON'S POINT, LAKE SIMCOE
Wonderful food, lots of bridge tips, great bridge & fabulous ambiance.
1 hour drive north of Toronto
4 Star luxury property, famous for all their spa, accommodation & cuisine
Wine & snacks after Friday & Saturday eve games.
Special Prices for 2018 *EARLY BIRD BOOKING*
- $549.00* per person (dbl occ.)
- $679.00* per person (sgl occ.)
Call Barbara Seagram for further information: 416-487-8321
Next Year... Plan Ahead!
White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, Arizona
October 13 to 20, 2018 - 8 days
with Barbara & Alex & Fred Theurkauf
Fred is the owner of Finesse West, a wonderful bridge travel company that has been organizing bridge-playing tours all over the world for many years.
From $2895.00 USD per person (Standard Twin)
Single supplement: $800.00
$200.00 per person
(refundable until June 10, 2018)
Balance payable by July 13, 2018
By cheque only to:
Finesse West Tours Inc,
101 East Redlands Blvd Suite # 218,
Redlands, CA 92373
- Website: www.finessewest.com
- Contact Fred
...with questions at or call 800-548-8062 or 909-798-3333.
Did You Know?
Barbara was in Cambodia February 14-24!
Watch the video as Barbara teaches English along with the A, B, C's, completing the lesson with a very energetic sung song to school children in Hin Pan & Phou Vien Villages, Luang Prabang District (Laos)
From March 1 - March 18, Barbara is on a river boat in Myanmar!
|Canadian Kindness Felt in Faraway Cambodia|
Most people in the bridge world know Barbara Seagram as one of the top teachers, a prolific author and an intrepid tour guide. What's not so well known is how far she will go
to help her fellow mankind.
About three years ago, Seagram and fellow tour guide Patti Lee discovered a need in Cambodia and went into action. Today, they and their supporters sustain the operations of four schools in Phnom Penh area, paying for electricity, supplies (including computers) and the salaries of teachers and librarians.
Funds to help run the schools come from the bridge players of Canada. "We couldn't do it without them," says Lee, a retired IBM accountant executive who took up teaching and directing bridge after leaving the company. Continued...
This article originally appeared in the January 2014 ACBL Bridge Bulletin. To join Am Contract Bridge League, email Barbara at
The ACBL is renewing the public education campaign initiated by Seagram, Cronin and Jacobs more than 15 years ago.
The theme, "Play nice," transposes two words we all like to hear at the table ("nice play!").
New posters have been developed and are being disseminated to all clubs.
"I think that all players are responsible for policing this situation. When I call a director about a problem (perhaps at an adjacent table), I make a point of checking with the director later to see what penalty was awarded. If none was, the director gets to listen to me expound on the subject, and if that doesn't work, I then a) report the situation to ACBL and b) speak to the offender myself."