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- ANNOUNCEMENT -

Josée Hammill wins 2020/21 Teacher of the Year Award

 

The American Bridge Teachers’ Association (ABTA) announced on August 17 that the winner of the 2020/21 Teacher of the Year award is Josée Hammill of Toronto, Canada.

Josée has devoted herself to the craft of instructing new and intermediate players in the joy and mysteries of the fabulous game of bridge.

Those of us who have been her students thank Josée for her dedication to the role of teacher and mentor. We congratulate her on this acknowledgement of her teaching excellence.

Well done, Josée!

Update: Josée has been featured on the ABTA magazine! Click on the image above or here to download the PDF.

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Here you can find my class schedule, helpful links to improve your bridge, past recordings and many other useful tips.

 

Please write me if you have any question at the email

mjhammill@rogers.com

 

Looking forward to hearing from you !

 

BRAND NEW LESSON - AVOIDANCE PLAYS

Imagine playing your next hand, and instead of taking a play which gives a 50-percent chance to win, you can correctly guess the play giving you almost 100% chance to make your contract!

That's what an expert does every time, in every game, often by using avoidance plays!

Avoidance means just preventing (or avoiding) a particular defender from gaining the lead. And identifying who is the danger and safe opponent.

That means, after you learn this simple technique, you can open the door to think like an expert, in just mere hours! It’s an incredible valuable skill that anyone can learn and use during all future games.

So let's see what's inside: In this new recorded lesson, we will play together 12 specially selected hands from prolific writer and accomplished bridge player Eddie Kantar.

Here's just a small sample of the 12 deals that we'll cover:

  • When your contract depends on one of two finesses, how you can decide which one you should take?
  • How to identify the danger and non-danger hand (and why you should do it right before playing to the first trick!)
  • When planning the play, see the reason for looking at the whole hand as a unit, rather than concentrating on only one suit. 
  • Why it's sometimes a bad idea to play bridge by nursery rhymes (“Eight ever, nine never”, etc.).
  • When dummy holds a king vulnerable to attack, how to identify who you should keep off lead as long as you can?

As an extra bonus, you'll also receive a PDF file with eleven additional hands commented by Easley Blackwood, featuring:

  • How you could manipulate things so that the safe hand gets the lead while you're still establishing your long suit.
  • Why avoidance will sometimes be the very good reason you finesse for a queen when you are missing only four cards in the suit. 
  • When you have to take two finesses, it might make a big difference which one you take first. See one example where, even if both finesses fail, the contract still succeeds.
  • Another hand showing that if you can't keep a dangerous opponent off lead forever, you’ll see how to keep him out of the lead until he can’t do you any damage. 

And sooooo MUCH more... Let’s Recap EVERYTHING You’ll Get!

  1. As soon as you send me your order, you'll get instant access to a handout of all 12 hands with extensive commentary from Eddie Kantar.
  2. Plus, my new 90-minute video, that you can watch on your own time and follow every deal along with the handouts.
  3. And the Bonus lesson in PDF from Easley Blackwood, with 11 additional hands to help you review the concepts.

And the best part is: you’ll be able to immediately apply everything you learn right in your next tournament. You'll surely surprise your partner and scare your opponents!

So, let’s not wait another minute to get started.

The cost is only $25, payable by etransfer to my email address, or a cheque mailed to 1717 Avenue Road, Suite 418, Toronto, ON, M5M0A2. Or, by PayPal here: https://bit.ly/JoseePaypal. If paying using PayPal, please include your email address in the notes so that I can send you the lesson right away.

Register by emailing me now at mjhammill@rogers.com or just by replying to this email.

Josée

P.S. This is the mini-video that was in my last newsletter. Watch it to give you a bit of a sense of what the lesson will look like, and always let me know if you have any questions.

NEW 2023 WINTER SCHEDULE

JOSÉE HAMMILL – 2023 WINTER SCHEDULE
Two NEW In-Person Opportunities

In February and March, I will be offering two new in-person lessons aimed primarily at a very gentle level. These are for quite new players. Do tell your friends.

The course is Introduction to Declarer Play and the return of Bid & Play – 2023 Edition!

Lessons are taught in person at Armour Heights Presbyterian Church.

 

Introduction To Declarer Play – A 4-Week Course

Do you love playing bridge?  Are you looking to do more this Winter? Still feels like Play of the Hand is puzzling at times? Then you NEED this course!

  • Counting Losers
  • Counting Winners
  • Ruffing losers in the Dummy
  • Extra Winners in the Dummy or in Declarer’s Hand
  • Long Suit Establishment (aka Taking Tricks with Tiny Cards)
  • When and How to take a Finesse and much more! 

  • Dates – Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29
  • Times – 1-3 pm
  • Price – $155 (includes Eddie Kantar’s Book Introduction to Declarer Play – new edition revised by Barbara Seagram)

 

Bid and Play – 2023 In Person Edition!

Two very gentle sessions aimed at strengthening your bidding and playing foundation. These sessions are for anyone who has recently completed the Bridge Basics program, or need a refresher on bidding and playing techniques. Hand evaluation, supporting partner’s suit, No trump bidding and responses, competitive auctions. How high to get and how to get there.

DATES:

  • Tuesday, February 7th, 1-3 pm
  • Tuesday, February 14th, 1-3 pm

PRICE: $30 per session

  • Lessons will include a PDF of all the hands including commentary on bidding and responding, opening lead and declarer’s strategy.
  • The lessons are held at Armour Heights Presbyterian Church - 105 Wilson Avenue, Toronto.
  • To register, please email me at mjhammill@rogers.com

 

Looking forward to seeing you in person in February and March! 

Josée - 416-300-9140

ACBL Guest Membership

If you enjoy a game of bridge, then the American Contract Bridge League is the place to be! Being an ACBL member gives you exclusive access to one-of-a-kind benefits that all bridge fans – from newcomers to advanced players – will love.

When you join this bridge-loving community, you’ll be able to experience all that membership offers, like playing with fellow devotees in clubs and tournaments across North America, winning masterpoints® to show off your success and reading a world-class monthly magazine.

You will start collecting masterpoints, that’s ACBL’s exclusive measurement of success. Call them Bragging rights! 

  • You get to climb the achievement ladder, from Rookie to Life Master and much higher!
  • You will receive in your mailbox the excellent monthly Bridge Bulletin, full of news, tips and games.
  • Game results are sent directly to your inbox and cell phone with ACBL Live and Live for Clubs.

And so much more!!! 

The ACBL makes it easy for you as a new player to explore all the benefits of being an ACBL member. You can join for free for 120 days as a guest, at www.acbl.org/guest-join

Guest Member Benefits

  • You will receive a weekly email with bridge tips from Patty
  • You can earn up to 20 masterpoints – we give our Masterpoints at our Gentle Bridge game but they are only good when you are a member.
  • You will have digital access to the Bridge Bulletin
  • If after 120 days you are convinced this is a good deal, you can join as a full member with the special pricing of $29 US for the first year of regular membership if you are a guest member first.   Receiving a hard copy of the glossy monthly magazine at your home is worth the price of admission!  It is easy to join as a guest, try it now!
INTRODUCING MY OWN ONLINE STORE!

JOSÉE’S PRE-RECORDED LESSONS

Available for Purchase - Learn on your own time!

All courses are complete, with all recordings, slides, and handouts, so you can watch them in your free time, at your convenience.

Contact me at mjhammill@rogers.com for pricing and additional details. 


NEW LESSON - AVOIDANCE PLAYS (Dec 2022)

Avoidance means just preventing (or avoiding) a particular defender from gaining the lead. And identifying who is the danger and safe opponent.

That means, after you learn this simple technique, you can open the door to think like an expert, in just mere hours! It’s an incredible valuable skill that anyone can learn and use during all future games.

So let's see what's inside: In this new recorded lesson, we will play together 12 specially selected hands from prolific writer and accomplished bridge player Eddie Kantar.

Here's just a small sample of the 12 deals that we'll cover:

  • When your contract depends on one of two finesses, how you can decide which one you should take?
  • How to identify the danger and non-danger hand (and why you should do it right before playing to the first trick!)
  • When planning the play, see the reason for looking at the whole hand as a unit, rather than concentrating on only one suit. 
  • Why it's sometimes a bad idea to play bridge by nursery rhymes (“Eight ever, nine never”, etc.).
  • When dummy holds a king vulnerable to attack, how to identify who you should keep off lead as long as you can?

As an extra bonus, you'll also receive a PDF file with eleven additional hands commented by Easley Blackwood, featuring:

  • How you could manipulate things so that the safe hand gets the lead while you're still establishing your long suit.
  • Why avoidance will sometimes be the very good reason you finesse for a queen when you are missing only four cards in the suit. 
  • When you have to take two finesses, it might make a big difference which one you take first. See one example where, even if both finesses fail, the contract still succeeds.
  • Another hand showing that if you can't keep a dangerous opponent off lead forever, you’ll see how to keep him out of the lead until he can’t do you any damage. 

And sooooo MUCH more... This is the mini-video that was in my last newsletter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brubNfb0RB4 . Watch it to give you a bit of a sense of what the lesson will look like, and always let me know if you have any questions.

NEW! No Trump Defence (Sep 2022)

During this lesson, we will play together 12 specially selected hands from prolific writer and accomplished bridge player Eddie Kantar.

Here's just a small sample of the 12 deals that we'll cover in this live lesson:

  • Which thinking habits you, as third hand, must have after the opening lead is made?
  • What is a negative discard, and why they are so important at No Trump?
  • Before returning partner’s suit, why and how to count declarer’s tricks?
  • Holding 4 small cards, when you should lead the top one, and when lead the second highest?
  • When declarer leads a suit, why we give count to partner.

The 90-minute lesson includes a handout of all the hands (with commentary from Eddie Kantar). This is an awesome opportunity to get moving towards better defence!

This is the mini-video that was on my last newsletter, https://youtu.be/zejs-4gtW_c.  Watch it to give you a bit of a sense of what that lesson will look like, and always let me know if you have any questions.

NEW! Ducking by Declarer in Suit Contracts (Jun 2022)

You know that, most of the time, the fate of the hand is determined by how you play to the first trick. That's why many contracts can be won or lost because of that first trick.

Some of the things that you will learn in this lesson:

  • There's one outstanding difference with ducking plays in suit contracts, you need to know exactly when trumps must be drawn (and what happens if you don't do it!).
  • What are the 3 main reasons for making a ducking play in a suit contract.
  • Why some hands can be made if you duck the first trick and win the second, while strangely enough the contract cannot be made if you win the first trick.

And much, much more! We'll play each hand twice. One without ducking, and again, the same hand ducking. Then you can easily see what happens in each case.

The 90-minute lesson includes a handout of all the hands (with commentary from Eddie Kantar).

This is an awesome opportunity to get moving towards better declarer play!

NEW! Introduction To Defence

Have you noticed that you are defending at bridge 50% of the time? That is right! Did you know that being on Defence is the most fun you can ever have at the bridge table even when you do not have any points in your hand? Let me teach you how to have more fun and to gain respect from all players when you show them you know how to defend! 

  • Opening Leads against No Trump and Suit contracts
  • 2nd hand play
  • 3rd hand play
  • Signaling against No Trump and Suit contracts
  • And much, much more!!

Includes Eddie Kantar’s book - 2nd edition, revised and updated by Barbara Seagram.

NEW! Introduction To Declarer Play

Bidding is great and winning the contract even better. But if you do not know how to make a plan to make your contract then what good is that! In this 4 week course you will learn :

  • Counting Losers
  • Counting Winners
  • Ruffing losers in the Dummy
  • Extra Winners in the Dummy or in Declarer’s Hand
  • Long Suit Establishment (aka Taking Tricks with Tiny Cards)
  • When and How to take a Finesse and much more! 

Includes Eddie Kantar’s book - 2nd edition, revised and updated by Barbara Seagram.

NEW! Thinking Bridge – Plan Your Moves!

Whatever seat you are in, you have to be planning your moves. Let’s spend these sessions where we explore what it feels like to sit in any and all 4 seats, and think like an expert. Only time you will be allowed to relax will be when in the dummy’s seat. Complete set of different hands for each of the dates. You will love them!

Basics Beginners Bridge Series

Learn the basic elements of the game of bridge: how to take tricks, how to work with a partner, how to open the bidding in a suit and in No Trump, how to respond, how to compete and more.

An 8 week course includes all recordings, PDF of presentations and practice hands for each week.

Intermediate I Bridge Series

For those who feel rusty and need a refresher and for those moving up from Basic lessons. Opportunities to play and practice online will be provided. Lessons are recorded and can be watched on your own time.

A 7 week course includes all recordings, PDF of presentations and practice hands for each week.

Includes Barbara Seagram Intermediate I book.

Intermediate 2

Weak Two Bids, Strong 2 Club Bids, Slam Bidding, Cue-Bidding First Round Controls, Preempts, Unusual NT, Michaels Cuebids, Opening Light in 3rd seat, Balancing, End Plays, Cross-Ruff, Loser-on-loser play, Introduction to defence, ...and MUCH more!!

An 8 week course includes all recordings, PDF of presentations and practice hands for each week.

Includes Barbara Seagram Intermediate 2 book.

Intermediate 3

Intermediate III is a full course on Defence and Conventions!

  • DEFENCE: Third Hand Play, Second Hand Play, Suit Preference Signalling, Strategy on Defence, Lead Directing Doubles, Discarding. 
  • CONVENTIONS: Negative Doubles, Jacoby 2 NT as a forcing raise, Jacoby Transfers, Texas Transfers, Splinters, Roman Key Card Blackwood, Cue Bids, Slam Bidding and lots more! 

Includes Barbara Seagram Intermediate 3 book.

Learn To Play Two Over One

Learn the system that most of North America now plays. It makes it much easier to get to a better contract, easier to find slams on fewer values and easier to know when to stop in a part score.   Learn the forcing No Trump bid.  

A two day course + one additional hour of practice hands.

Includes Barbara Seagram 2/1 Game Force book.

Bid And Play – The Convention Series

  • Lesson 1 - DONT over 1NT Opening Bid
  • Lesson 2 - Reverse Drury
  • Lesson 3 - Jacoby 2NT and Splinters
  • Lesson 4 - Reverse Bergen/Bergen Raises
  • Lesson 5 - New Minor Forcing/Checkback Stayman
  • Lesson 6 - Fourth Suit Forcing
  • Lesson 7 - Four Way Transfers

All lessons come with recordings and PDF of practice hands. Purchase each lesson individually or all 7 for  the price of 6.

Email me at mjhammill@rogers.com for additional details and pricing.

 

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