Mid-October 2018 Bridge NEWSLETTER
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We hope you can join us on our upcoming bridge cruise and/or bridge trip!
APRIL 28 - MAY 17, 2020
TRANSATLANTIC BRIDGE CRUISE
ROME to MIAMI
Aboard the REGENT SEVEN SEAS MARINER
700 passengers. Crew 445 Cabins: 350 Tonnage: 48,075 Length: 709" Beam: 93'
...with BARBARA SEAGRAM & ALEX KORNEL
This is NOT a REGENT bridge programme.
Barbara & Alex are not working for the cruise line, only for the Vision group. You must book with Vision Travel in order to participate in our bridge programme.
Note: Space is limited as it is a small ship. Book early for best situated cabin. Our trips sell out a year in advance.
- Free Business class air on intercontinental flights
- Free economy air on domestic flights from most major airports
- Free transfers if air is booked with Regent
- Free unlimited shore excursions
- Free unlimited beverages including fine wines & premium spirits
- Free pre-paid gratuities
- All taxes
- Free specialty restaurants
- Free unlimited wi-fi
- Concierge suites (or higher): Free 1 nt pre-cruise hotel package
- Penthouse suites & higher: Free personal butler
OPTIONAL (& EXTRA) STAYOVER IN ROME PRE-CRUISE
- ALL CABINS ON THIS SHIP ARE VERANDAH SUITES
- PRICES START AT USD $10,599.00 Category F. per person dbl. occ.
- CANADIAN RESIDENTS: PRICES START AT CAN $13,549.00 Category G per person dbl. occ.
- Final payment due: Nov 18, 2019
- SHIPBOARD CREDIT: $400.00 USD per cabin if booked by Dec 15, 2018
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
Questions? Ask Barbara Seagram at
Interested in learning about bridge?
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.
Coming 24 October, 2018.
You asked for it again!
MORE CONVENTIONS, MORE PRACTICE
by Barbara Seagram & David Bird
ONLY $19.95 + tax = $20.00 (Special!)
Following the runaway success of Practice Makes Perfect, bridge teachers asked the authors to produce a similar companion book to 25 More Bridge Conventions You Should Know.
And here it is -- a brief summary of each of those 25 MOREconventions at the start of each chapter, followed then by example hands that can be dealt out and used to apply your new knowledge.
Such conventions as: Cappelletti, DONT, Inverted Minors, Redoubles, Four Suit Transfers, Forcing No Trump, Control Bidding, Exclsion Blackwood, Bergen Raises, Gambling 3NT, Support Doubles, Puppet Stayman, Flannery, Unusual versus Unusual.
Contact Barbara via email: to get your copy!!! 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.
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. SPECIAL: $22.00 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
Barbara Seagram's DOUBLES CHEAT SHEET
Takeout doubles, Negative Doubles, Support Doubles, Redoubles, Lead Directing Doubles, Lightner Doubles, Responsive Doubles, Penalty Doubles
Available in person at our Bridge Studio, or by email to
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, 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.
BUY ALL 4 CHEAT SHEETS: $40.00
ALL 5 CHEAT SHEETS: $48.00
Special Valid until Decenber 15th!
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
A HUGE thank you to all of you who generously donated to our Laos project, held on September 21st!
Thanks to you, we raised $21,211.00 for Laos. This will buy 170 water filters which will be enough for two remote villages. 170 families will reap the benefit of having clean water for the first time ever. That is over 1000 people. We cannot thank you enough.
80 people attended our fundraiser on 21 September. Congratulations to Elaine Givertz and Catherine Wang who were first overall and won 5.5 master points! Thank you also to all of you who brought toothbrushes and toothpaste over the past few weeks. That was phenomenal.
Results for the Laos event can be found at http://www.barbaraseagram.com/Results/180921LA.HTM
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.
OVER $7,500 USD raised!!! WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY!!!
On May 3rd the Penfield Country Club near Rochester, NY welcomed 100 attendees to a day of bridge. Barbara taught two bridge lessons.
Patti Lee made a presentation about our projects in Cambodia; there were lovely breakfast pastries and a wonderful lunch, a fabulous Silent / Chinese Auction combined, and lots of door prizes.
Thank You... OVER $52,000 raised! A HUGE THANK YOU to ALL!!!
On April 20th 2018, our annual Cambodian Fundraiser was held at the Trinity Presbyterian Church on Bayview Avenue. There was a lesson from Barbara, a presentation from Patti, lots of door prizes, and many goodies to be bid on in the Silent Auction. And, 160 people came to support our schools and other projects in Cambodia.
They generously donated to our event. Some of them also gave us items for the Silent Auction. And many others, who were not in attendance, either donated money or Silent Auction items or both. (Sponsor Listing)
AND, we raised over $52,000!!!! Thank you so much to all of you. We are very grateful.
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."