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Barbara Seagram - Master These Secrets

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Granny Didn’t Know These Tricks
Master These Secrets!

$14.00 CAD $10.00 USD (Regular $25.00 CAD)

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This lesson is all about becoming a masterful declarer!

A brand new lesson to make you think differently!

Cost includes a full set of student notes with all the hands that illustrate the concepts.

Here's what you get!
Video Lesson (Audio & Video) AND Barb's Student Notes

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Three-Part: Slam Bidding Bridge Series NOW AVAILABLE

Three-Part: Slam Bidding Bridge Series

What's Included:

  • In the Hand Evaluation lesson, we'll cover: Some important topics that will help you evaluate your hand correctly and develop better bidding strategies. We'll talk about the importance of counting distribution and high card points, as well as how to revalue your hand based on your partner's bidding. Plus, we'll cover some bidding strategies and how to add extra points when your partner supports your suit. We'll also talk about the value of singletons, voids, and doubletons, and when to downgrade your hand. And finally, we'll explore the importance of fits and how to search for them, not misfits. We'll even show you some examples of bidding based on hand evaluation and fits.
  • In the Control Bidding lesson, we'll cover: Why we can't always use Blackwood. There are two situations when we ought not to use Blackwood to explore getting to Slam. Control Bidding is a crucial topic for any bridge player wanting to take their bidding to the next level. I'll be sharing some of my best strategies & techniques to help you master this essential aspect of the game.
  • In the More on Slam Bidding lesson, we'll cover: A review of Jacoby 2NT, Splinters and Blackwood and other aspects of slam bidding along with lots of practice using quizzes. We will offer even more tips & tricks to help you get to good slams and avoid bad ones.

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ONLY $55.00 CDN

Adventures in Bridge NOW AVAILABLE

Adventures in Bridge

This almost 2-hour long lesson by Barbara and Alex, covers various aspects of bridge play, focusing on strategies, bidding techniques, and the importance of understanding opponents' bids.

It provides players with a comprehensive understanding of strategic planning. This lesson is a great resource for both novice and intermediate bridge players looking to enhance their skills and strategies in the game!

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ONLY $20.00 CDN

Be a Better Declarer NOW AVAILABLE

Be a Better Declarer

Imagine if you knew the exact shape of your opponent's hand without even peekkng! Learn how to do this and make all those tough contracts your partner put you in! This lesson will take you to the next level of your bridge excellence.

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ONLY $25.00 CDN

Counting At Bridge NOW AVAILABLE

Counting At Bridge

Imagine if you knew the exact shape of your opponent's hand without even peekkng! Learn how to do this and make all those tough contracts your partner put you in! This lesson will take you to the next level of your bridge excellence.

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ONLY $25.00 CDN

Reverses & Other Challenges At Bridge NOW AVAILABLE

Reverses & Other Challenges At Bridge

Reverse is not a scary word! Unravel its mysteries!
Then we play lots of hands, guiding you through aspects of declarer play, bidding and defense.

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ONLY $25.00 CDN

Clues - A Recording

Clues: Become A Deadly Declarer

  • What did they Bid?
  • What did they lead?
  • What did they play?
  • What do they have?

This is the lesson that I gave in person on Oct 13 this fall. But it is now recorded as an onscreen presentation as many of you asked me to do. In person, we could only manage six hands, here we will do 14 hands!!!

If I do a Zoom live class, we can manage 9 hands usually so
you are getting maximum value for a recorded lesson such as this

You can watch part of it and then take a day or two off or an hour or two. Then you can return to the recording and it will pick up where you left off. All in the comfort of your own home!

To purchase this, click on links below: You will then be sent a link to the recording and the full set of notes that goes with this. This is being done through my online store. The recording will not be on your account but it will be available at all times through the link you will be sent. AND if you lose it, I will send it again, very quickly. Just ask.

Cost is $25.00. It is 2 hrs and 18 minutes.

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If you prefer to pay by email transfer or check, please email me and I can easily arrange that.


New Minor Forcing

  • This is a very important convention that you need in your arsenal.
  • Barbara Seagram makes it easy to learn.

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ONLY $25.00 CDN (approx. $19.00 USD)

 Take Your Declarer Play to a New Level NOW AVAILABLE - SEPTEMBER 2021 LESSONS

Timing and Magic in Declarer Play Lessons

  • Watch the spots and learn to develop extra tricks like magic.
  • Suit contracts and NT contracts. To pull or not to pull (trumps that is). All that and more...

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ONLY $55.00 CDN (approx. $44.00 USD)

NOTE: $25.00 of this goes to Water filters in Laos charity.

June 2021 Bridge Lessons NOW AVAILABLE - JUNE 2021 LESSONS

  • Big Hand Bidding and Play
    (2 hour Recorded Video Lesson + Notes)

  • Judgement at Bridge
    (2 hour Recorded Video Lesson + Notes)

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ONLY $55.00 CDN (approx. $44.00 USD)

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FULL access to the lesson recording
for an unlimited time

If you do not know how to evaluate and revalue your hand, you will miss a whole lot of games and you will also miss lots of slams. You simply have to get a few realities cemented right now, if not sooner.

Avoid errors in judgement and improve your bidding, declarer play and defense.


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ONLY $25.00 CAD (approx. $20.00 USD)

The site will automatically convert to USD on your credit card if you are in USA.

FULL access to the lesson recording
for an unlimited time

The opening lead is so very important. It communicates so much to partner and often sets the tone for the entire contract.
This one card can explain the triumphs or the disasters for the defenders on any given hand.

2 hour bridge training + Barb's Notes!

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2 Lessons - Defensive ThinkingTWO HOUR LIVE LESSONS
Defensive Thinking & Strategy

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ONLY $50.00 CAD (approx. $40.00 USD) total
for both recordings. (i.e. $25.00 CAD each)

FULL access to the recordings for an unlimited time

Receive a full set of notes too!

Purchase and watch anytime afterwards.

Each lesson has some guiding principles, followed by play of hand with commentary all the way.

Mini Bridge Lessons

2 (1 hour) Mini Bridge Video Lesson Bundle Available
For Unlimited Viewing
To Improve Your Bridge Play!

1. Balancing

2. Michaels Cuebid & Unusual NoTrump

ONLY $25.00 CAD (approx. $19.00 USD) total for both recordings. (i.e. $12.50 CAD each)

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Take More Tricks - Become a Brilliant DeclarerNEW!! Declarer Play Techniques:
Collection of 5 lessons WITH handout (PDF), 10+hours of Video Training

  • Play of the hand in NT contracts, safety plays, danger hands & hold up plays.
  • Play of the hand in suit contracts, when to delay drawing trump, how to choose which technique is best for playing a hand.
  • Ruffing, cross-ruffing, discarding, developing long suits, finessing and ruffing finesses.


  • Lesson 1: Play of the hand in a No Trump Contract
  • Lesson 2: The Dangerous Opponent
  • Lesson 3: Play of the Hand in a Suit Contract
  • Lesson 4: Loser on a Loser
  • Lesson 5: Long Suit Establishment

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A little bit of everything for players of all levels. Something for everyone.


The Summer Bridge Bundle:
Collection of 20 Lessons WITH handout (PDF), 40+hours of Video Training

Get Unlimited Access
Total Value $800


What You're Going To Get In The Summer Bridge Bundle:

  • Lesson 1: All About No Trump
  • ​Lesson 2: All About Doubles
  • ​Lesson 3: Negative Doubles
  • ​​Lesson 4: Major Suit Raises
  • ​Lesson 5: Killing Defence
  • ​Lesson 6: Play of The Hand
  • ​Lesson 7: Control Bidding in Slams
  • ​Lesson 8: To Strip and Conquer
  • ​​Lesson 9: Practice Your Slam Bidding and Play
  • ​​Lesson 10: Defense Against No Trump Contracts
  • ​Lesson 11: Weak Two’s
  • ​Lesson 12: Introduction to Two Over One
  • ​​Lesson 13: Locating Opponents’ Honour Cards
  • ​​Lesson 14: Common Errors To Avoid
  • ​Lesson 15: Fourth Suit Forcing
  • ​Lesson 16: My Kingdom For An Entry
  • ​​Lesson 17: Thinking Ahead
  • ​Lesson 18: Defensive Signalling
  • ​​Lesson 19: Preempt Your Way To Success
  • L​esson 20: Winning Bridge Techniques

Collection of 4 Lessons WITH handout (PDF), 8+hours of Video Training

PURCHASE September
Collection of 2 Lessons WITH handout (PDF), 4+hours of Video Training

Collection of 9 recordings WITH handout (PDF), 18+hours of Video Training

Collection of 5 recordings WITH handout (PDF), 10+hours of Video Training

Student Reviews ZOOM Lesson Student Reviews

Hey Barb—your ears must’ve been ringing today! I played bridge with three friends who I haven’t seen in awhile. One of the friends is 93 and lives in Sarasota, having moved there from Baltimore a few years ago. I mentioned to them that a friend and I are planning to attend your bridge seminar at the GCC in September. Mary Lou, the 93 year old who lives in FL, remarked that she attended one of your seminars there. She raved about it, and then everyone, including myself, piped in to say how much we have learned from you! So I just want you to know that we think you are the very best bridge teacher in the whole world! Joan and I can’t wait to meet you in Greensboro and I know we will learn a lot and also have a great time.
Love from your friend in Baltimore, T.D.

I would like to say a BIG “Thank you”. I’m truly enjoying your on line courses and excellent books. You seem to answer my questions before I even realize I have a question(s). Some experts can’t come down to the level of a beginner/learner. We are so fortunate that you can. You are excellent at explaining, even the most complex subject, so we can understand and not get totally frustrated.

Excellent, excellent, excellent! Possibly the best bridge class I have ever had. Not only did you cover NMF, but all sorts of other situations that come up all the time and that I have been bidding incorrectly forever. And loved all the bidding detail, 12/13 bid next level, jump with 14, etc. Takes away so much guess-work. I took pages and pages of notes!

Hi Barbara,
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your class! It provided immediate results: my friend Debbie and I got 3.5 MPs yesterday on a BBO 499er game (1st of 86 pairs!). Thanks again,
Sue Nieland

Hi Barbara,
I find your bridge lessons to be so helpful. Thank you so much for your wonderful teaching. I wish I had started learning to play bridge when I was much younger. However, that being said, it is your enthusiasm, helpful instruction and guidance that keep me motivated. I am also so happy to support the wonderful work that you, Patti Lee et al are doing in Laos. Take care and stay well.

I just wanted to drop you an email and thank you for your wonderful bridge lesson videos. The lessons are excellent and I enjoy them very much. I even watch them while on the treadmill!! I find these videos to be extremely helpful to my knowledge of conventions and defense and play of the hand. I’m also enjoying the new book, Barbara’s Bridge Tips. Bridge is just so interesting. The more you learn, the more you want to learn. What a great game! Your lessons were one of the best things that came out of the pandemic. Thanks for all you have done to increase my knowledge and appetite for learning more bridge.
Norma M.

Your bridge teaching has helped me immensely over the years! I have been a voracious reader of the "25 series" ever since the first one that you published in 1999. In addition, I have benefitted immensely from the electronic resources that you have provided online, such as the Zoom lesson for St Petersburg Bridge Club last August. Today, I have been enjoying your lesson on Defensive Moves at ACBL's Endless Summer.
Stephen L.

This has definitely been the year of bridge for me! Lots and lots of practice and all your courses, has made a big difference. And good for my confidence. Of course, you know how bridge is, we are always questioning what should we do in this situation and what to do in that situation and if we take on this new convention then it messes up that convention. I guess you never stop learning. Anyway, thanks so much for everything. I couldn’t have a better teacher and mentor.


Lessons are taught IN PERSON at Armour Heights Presbyterian Church, 105 Wilson Avenue, Toronto
If coming by TTC, take the Yonge St Subway to York Mills Station. Then a short bus trip along Wilson. Bus # 97, disembark at OId Yonge Blvd or Belgrave Ave..
Map and Directions:(MAP)

Basics Beginners Bridge Series: Learn the Essentials! FACE TO FACE LESSONS

Picture this: you, sitting with friendly faces, cards in hand, and the excitement of learning something new. That's what this 8-week course is all about. Let me take you by the hand, and lead you through the fascinating journey of bridge.

  • Date: Starts January 3rd (for 8 weeks): 1pm to 3pm
  • Price: $240 Includes taxes, Barbara Seagram Basic Bridge Texbook and PDF of PowerPoint presentations.

Notice how everyone seems to be learning to play bridge? Well, don’t be left behind! Sign up for a gentle introduction to the best card game in the world. Get ready to play bridge during your very first lesson!
Over our eight weeks together, you will be introduced to all the basic concepts of bridge. Small “bridge bites” will be introduced each week allowing you to assimilate the concepts clearly. Great supporting materials included to allow you to deepen your understanding.
Enroll today and begin your journey to master the essentials of bridge!


Did you know that when you play bridge, you're defending half the time? That's true! But here's the thing: being a good defender can be the most exciting part of the game, even if you don't have the best cards.

This is the moment when you get to use clever strategies to change the course of the game, earn respect from your fellow players, and have a great time at the bridge table. Even without any good cards in your hand!

In this course, you'll discover that being a smart defender is your ticket to more fun at the bridge table! It's not just about the cards you're dealt; it's about the moves you make.

Here is what you will learn in this 4-week course:

  • Opening Leads: Discover how to pick the right card to lead, whether you're playing against No Trump or Suit contracts.
  • 2nd Hand Play: Understand how to play when you're the second person to play to a trick and how your choices can make a big difference.
  • 3rd Hand Play: Get the hang of playing in third seat, and how to make things tricky for declarer.
  • Signaling: Find out how to send legal signals to your partner to let them know what cards you are holding – and it’s not cheating!
  • And Much More!
  • Date: Wednesdays – Jan 31st till Feb 21st – from 10am - 12pm
  • Price: $155 Includes Eddie Kantar’s Book Introduction to Defence – new edition revised by Barbara Seagram.


To register, please contac Josée by email at, indicating your choice of course or by phone at 416-300-9140.

Include First and Last Name, email address, mailing address if you require mailing of the textbook.

Payment by etransfer to email address

Otherwise, a cheque to:
Josee Hammill, 1717 Avenue Road, Suite 418, Toronto, Ontario M5M 0A2 Canada



Welcome new, newer and novice players!

  • Gentle Bridge (0-20): Mondays @ 12:30pm - 3:30pm. Note: NEW players: Do come on Mondays @ noon
  • NEW! Limited Game:For players with 0-399 points - Tuesdays @ 12 noon

$12 per game. Pre-register with Cyndy at or call 647-723-3006

  • Your name.
  • ACBL number if you have one.
  • Name of your partner (if you have one) – Partner not required to participate. We will pair you with one!



  • Address: Armour Heights Presbyterian Church, 105 Wilson Avenue, Toronto
    If coming by TTC, take the Yonge St Subway to York Mills Station. Then a short bus trip along Wilson. Bus # 97, disembark at Old Yonge Blvd or Belgrave Ave.
  • Map and Directions: (MAP)
  • Fee: $12 per person

0-20 Master Point Novices

Lee and Josee have 0-20 games on Wed eve at 7 pm SUCH good practice and SO much fun!

Contact Lee at

Lee also has games for players of all levels. Tuesdays, Wednesdays (Noon/Evenings) and Thursdays and Saturdays on BBO - NOW ONLY $3.50 USD.

  • Open games
    Tue, Wed @ 12.10 pm & Sat @ 12.30 pm
    Wed evenings at 7.00 pm
  • 0-1200 master points
    Tue & Wed @ 12 noon
  • 0-1500 master points
    Thu @ 12 noon
  • 0-50 master points
    Wed eve @ 6.45 pm


LOTS of fun and a great opportunity to play in a TOTALLY non threatening environment.

If you are new to these games, first contact Josee at for all details. We need to do this so Lee can get your name into the system so you can sign in easily.

This is an amazing opportunity. Do try this!

In Person Gentle Bridge Volunteering


After pausing our Gentle Bridge Game for the summer, I am returning to Face to Face lessons for beginners and advanced beginners, and these new players will also be looking for a safe place to hone their skills. This is not just a supervised bridge game; it is the first and only in person game in the area for novice players. At last check, bridge is meant to be played in person – not in front of a screen while doing dishes or laundry.

Judging by last year’s popularity, it is easy to see what a benefit this game is to all novice players. But that didn’t happen on its own. We had a strong group of volunteers guiding these players.

What do you need to volunteer at the Gentle Bridge game at Armour Heights? View PDF

If after reading our PDF has convinced you,
and if you would like to help the growth of bridge and these new players,
please contact me, Josée, at

105 Wilson Avenue<br />North York


Armour Heights Presbyterian Church
105 Wilson Avenue
North York, ON M5M 2Z9
Just south of the 401, between Yonge and Avenue Road.
JUST west of Yonge Blvd & east of Cricket Club.

To register for all bridge seminars or special bridge events,
please call us at 416-487-8321 or email .

Lees Bridge Club
  • OPEN GAMES: Tue & Wed @ 12.10 pm & Sat @ 10.00 am AND Wed evenings at 7.00 pm
  • 0-1200 MASTER POINTS: Tue & Wed @ 12 noon
  • 0-1500 MASTER POINTS: Thu @ 12 noon
  • 0-50 MASTER POINTS: Wed eve @ 6.45 pm

When you play in Lee's open games online (ONLY $3.50 USD on BBO): if there are 10 tables in the Open and 15 in the 0-1100 section, you receive master points for playing in a 25 table game which is LOTS!

  • Lee’s 0-1200 Tuesday Pairs 12:00 PM
  • Lee’s Tuesday OPEN Pairs 12:10 PM
  • Lee’s 0-1200 Wednesday Pairs 12:00 PM
  • Lee’s Wednesday OPEN Pairs 12:10 PM
  • Josee and Lee’s 0-50 Wednesday Pairs 6:45 PM
  • Lee’s Wednesday Evening OPEN Pairs 7:00 PM
  • Lee’s 0-1500 Thursday Pairs 12:00 PM
  • Lee’s Saturday OPEN Pairs 10:00 AM
    [NOTE: the Saturday game starts earlier than other days]

If neither you nor your partner have EVER played in one of Lee's games, do email him so he can register you for these games.

If you require any assistance, please contact me at , or or phone me 416-274-1752 (after 11:00 a.m.). If you email me, be sure to INCLUDE your phone number so that I can reach you.

Special requests or information:
Call us LEE DAUGHARTY at 416-274-1752

Rob Drummond's Toronto Bridge has THREE Face-to-Face games per week!

Make a plan to be there!!!! Call up your favourite partner NOW!!

  • Wednesday at 12 noon til 3:00pm: OPEN GAME
  • Thursday at 9.00 am until 11:30 am: 0-500 Master Points
  • Thursday at 12 noon til 3:00 pm: OPEN GAME

Leaside Memorial Arena, 1073 Millwood Rd, Toronto (Map)


ENTRY FEE: $12.00 includes coffee, tea and cookies

Do come early (half hour or so if you can).

Do your best to get your own partner but if you really need a partner, contact Rob Drummond at or 647-629-3408 (Text or call) and he will do his best to help.

Let's all pitch in and make this a huge, whopping success. Thank you, Rob, for doing this for Toronto!

Toronto East Bridge Club


We offer live in-person games every Monday and Wednesday at St. John's York Mills Church.

Online games: 0-299 every weekday at 12:50 and 0-999 every day (including weekends) at 1:00 p.m.


Richard Ross: 416-816-7115