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Winter 2016

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by Barbara Seagram

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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
  • Quizzes
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.

ALL 4 cheat sheets $40.00 for one of each
Special is until January 20th, 2016.

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.

Get your Intermediate, Advance and Defence Cheat Sheets

Email Barbara to ORDER:
CALL 416-487-8321

NEW BOOK - The Pocket Guide to Even More Bridge ConventionsThe 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,

25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know
Barbara Seagram Bridge Books - Great Gift Ideas


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Barbara Seagram Bridge Book Descriptions
  • Books on Conventions
    For Advance Beginners and Intermediate Players
  • Books on Bidding, Playing and Defending at Bridge
    For Beginners and Intermediate Players
  • Quiz Books
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Bridge Cruises & Trips

We hope you can join us on our upcoming bridge cruise and/or bridge trip!

October 22 - November 19, 2016
Lisbon to Cape Town via West Coast of Africa Cruise
Aboard the 6 star ship: REGENT SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR
Lisbon to Cape Town via West Coast of Africa Cruise

Barbara Seagram & Alex Kornel will be teaching bridge for Regent aboard the ship & running bridge games. This is NOT an escorted trip but there will be extra private bridge lessons for those who book with Vision Travel.

Fare Includes:
  • ALL INCLUSIVE PRICES FROM $12,999.00 USD pp (based on db occupancy) - FREE ROUNDTRIP ECONOMY AIR from most Can & US cities, FREE TRANSFERS between airport/ship/hotel, ALL SUITE accommodations starting at 301 sq. feet minimum, FREE UNLIMITED SHORE EXCURSIONS are included, FREE 2 night post cruise SAFARI South Africa at a luxury lodge (Book by December 31st to receive this if availability still exists), FREE 1 night post safari in Cape Town, FREE UNLIMITED fine wine, premium spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, pop & juices, FREE in suite mini bar replenished daily, FREE gourmet dining including specialty restaurant Prime 7 steak & seafood house, PRE-PAID gratuities, FREE: GUEST SPEAKER ABOARD FROM SMITHSONIAN and COMPLIMENTARY Laundry facilities


Special Bonus: $500.00 USD per suite - Spa/shopping credit - FREE PRIVATE BRIDGE LESSONS & PARTIES for those who book with Vision Travel

NEW: Upgrade to Business class: $999.00 USD to Lisbon / $999.00 USD: Cape Town return trip home

Toll-free 1-800-263-5575 Ext 1228

Paola is an excellent agent with careful attention to detail. She will take such very good care of you.


Spring Bridge at the Briars

April 15-17, 2016
Spring Bridge at the Briars
...with Barbara Seagram & Alex Kornel

Wonderful food, lots of bridge tips, great bridge & fabulous ambiance. Wine & snacks after Friday & Saturday eve games.


Special Prices for Spring 2016

  • $529.00* per person (dbl occ.)
  • $659.00* per person (sgl occ.)
*EARLY BIRD BOOKING if you Register by Jan 30th (AFTER Jan 30th add $30.00 per person)

NOTE: Transportation to Briars NOT included. If you need help with transportation, call Barbara far in advance and we will try to arrange a ride.

Don't miss your chance to play in the Spring! Our Fall at the Briars in Oct. 2015 is SOLD OUT

Another Successful Fundraiser - We raised OVER $31,000!

Thank you so much to all of you who supported our fundraiser on Friday May 1st. 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. Her organizational skills are legendary and there is no project too daunting for her.

Thank you also to John Rayner who gave us all a fabulous presentation on hand evaluation, bidding and defence. 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 Habonim Synagogue for donating the space for our fundraiser. Habonim does such good work in the community and we are so grateful to them.

We raised over $31,000.00! That is an amazing number and we are over the moon about it! In our very first year, we raised $8,800.00. Last year: $22,000.00 and the figure this year is staggering! We do need it as we have many projects ahead of us in Cambodia; these funds will be put to very good use helping us to ensure that the mothers, infants, and children receive the health care that they need and the education we would all wish for!

We cannot thank you enough, all of you. Those who attended, we hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did.

Yours sincerely,
Barbara Seagram & Patti Lee


Atifex Stone Masonry - New Build and Repairs
We look forward to welcoming Artifex Stone Masonry as a sponsor at our 2016 fundraiser! Artifex Stone Masonry specialises in natural stone masonry
...both new build and repairs
Contact Onno,
for more information!

Congratulations to the Winners of the Game:

  • 1st overall out of 57 pairs!
    Joyce Cram and Paul Rolfe 65.28%
  • 2nd Overall
    Jill Thompson and John Rayner 64.57%
  • 3rd Overall
    Sharmeen Khazzam & Lee Daugharty 63.19%
Close scores! Remember, just an overtrick can make the difference!

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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.

Canadian Kindness Felt in Faraway CambodiaAbout 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.

Cambodian Schools Collage

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...

Cambodia & Laos Fundraisers


Our 4th Annual Cambodia Fundraiser raised $5,233.00.
We are really pleased.

Thank You

Thanks to Linda Harrison, who never stopped for a moment and was unflappable as always. She is amazing and is such an excellent volunteer.

Our thanks as well to Carolyn and Karen, who were also wonderful. The silent auction went well. Thank you too to all those who donated to our Silent Auction.

Approximately 100 people attended which was an excellent turnout.
All proceeds go to our four schools in Cambodia and for our new mobile health clinic!

In 2011, Patti Lee, Barbara Seagram and a group of 50 docked in Phnom Penh. We were armed with clothing, pens, notebooks, rulers, sharpeners, toys, pencils, stickers and anything else you can dream of. We had heard about an Ontario resident, Lisa McCoy who was known to have dedicated the last few years to being on the ground in Cambodia for several months per year. Working alongside Lisa is a fabulous Australian volunteer, Pauline Johns. Pauline currently lives in Cambodia, co-ordinating our projects. Other groups had built two schools in Takeo province in Bakot, Prokeab and in the province of Battambang.

At that time, our group and other friends from the Toronto area donated 40 bicycles at a falling-down shack outside Phnom Penh: Banyan Learning Tree School. We went there in a small tuk-tuk along the dusty roads of Phnom Penh and beyond. The bikes were given to mainly children of landmine victims. It was all very uplifting but Patti and Barbara looked at each other and wondered how long this shack would remain standing. We inquired how much it would cost to build a permanent school and found that it would be $24,000.00. We returned to Toronto determined to build a school. We raised $40.000.00 that year so we also furnished all three schools and built a library at one of the schools also. Since then, we remain committed to sustaining FOUR schools…paying teachers, librarians, paying for costs of electricity etc: Costs per year for sustaining all these projects: $17,000.00 total. You can see that money goes a long way in this country.

We now have 580 students in our schools. There is a huge need in the remote villages for medical help. Many never see a doctor. We work to make families aware of community resources and transport them to existing clinics. Many do not have a doctor and who cannot travel to one. We try to help them to have:

  1. Access to safe water. This is a fundamental human need and a basic human right. In some cases, this may be as simple as teaching them the necessity of boiling water.
  2. Access to health care.
  3. Education

Patti and Barbara are excited and optimistic about our projects and hold several fundraisers a year. If you are able to make a donation, we would be so grateful.


$9,564.00 Raised Thank You...

Thank you to all our supporters who on June 9, 2015, attended the Laos Water Filter Seminar!
Together We Are Making a Difference!!
We are VERY pleased!

The fundraiser for Laos this year raised $9,564.00 for water filters. That is the equivalent of clean water for 20 years for 100 families. Since 2012, this fundraiser has provided 500 water filters for 500 families. While most of us have never been without clean water, the impact of this contribution to these families is life changing. Thank you for your generosity. So little from us means so much to them", says Lee Daugharty.

All monies raised (every dime) goes to the cause. There are no administration fees. All volunteers pay their own airfare, accommodation and meals.

If you would like to help, send your donation (made out to Adopt a Village in Laos) to Barbara Seagram, 220 Lawrence Ave East, Toronto ON M4N 1T2, Canada. $100.00 Can or $80.00 USD buys a water filter for a family. Thank you one and all for your support.

A very special thank you to Lee Daugharty who is not only ran the game,but also donated $3.00pp of his own towards the cause!

Laos is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. It is at least 20 years behind all the other countries of that region.

From 1964 to 1973, the U.S. dropped more than two million tons of ordnance on Laos during 580,000 bombing missions - equal to a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24-hours a day, for 9 years - making Laos the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. The bombings were part of the U.S. Secret War in Laos to support the Royal Lao Government against the Pathet Lao (Communist) and to interfere with traffic along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The bombings destroyed many villages and displaced hundreds of thousands of Lao civilians during the nine-year period.

Steve Rutledge from Port Hope, founder of Adopt a Village in Laos, is a volunteer on the ground in Laos for six months of each year, (paying his own airfare, accommodation and meals) has accomplished ALOT over the past few years: CONTINUED...


Zero Tolerance

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.

Barbara Seagram - Zero ToleranceSays Seagram,
"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."

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Toronto, ON, Canada
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Entrance to the parking lot is via a driveway on the north side of Truman Road, immediately East of the church building.

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