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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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Welcome to Josee's Bridge
Welcome to my website!
Welcome to my website!

♠  Welcome to my website !  ♣ 

 

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

 

Please email me if you have any question at mjhammill@rogers.com

 

Looking forward to hearing from you !

 

Josée Hammill 

NEW LESSON AVAILABLE - No Trump Defence

JOSÉE HAMMILL – NEW LESSON
NO TRUMP DEFENCE

RECORDING AVAILABLE

In 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. 

And sooooo MUCH more...

You'll receive a handout of all 12 hands with extensive commentary, and a 90-minute video recording.

The cost is $25. Payment by etransfer to mjhammill@rogers.com or by cheque (check) mailed to my home address – 1717 Avenue Road, Suite 418, Toronto, Ontario, M5M0A2.

PayPal email address: mjhammill@rogers.com or here http://bit.ly/JoseePaypal (please, don’t forget to include your e-mail address when paying by Paypal).

P.S.: Just remember that you are defending 50% of the time (25% of the time you are declarer, 25% you are dummy - that is where I excel at the table!), and competent defenders are among the highest skilled bridge players in the world. Being a good defender is where you will gain respect.

This is the mini-video that was on my last newsletter, 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.

 
UPDATE!! A new beginners (bridge basics) course has just been added!

due to heavy demand a new beginners (bridge basics) course has just been added!

 

IN PERSON GENTLE BRIDGE IS BACK!

In Person Gentle Bridge

is back!

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hrilled to announce the return of in-person Gentle Bridge Game starting on September 19th. This is a ‘supervised game’ for those who are new, or are returning to it after an absence. The focus is on bridge fundamentals.

Time And Date:

Every Monday, 12:30 to 3:00 pm.

Address: Armour Heights Presbyterian Church

105 Wilson Ave, North York, ON, M5M 2Z9

(Street parking on Wilson Ave and east side of Saunders St only).

Map And Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/EGeNRrFmSEyHbuCKA

If coming by TTC, take the Yonge St Subway to York Mills Station. Then a short bus trip along Wilson. Bus # 97, disembark at Yonge Blvd or Belgrave Ave.

FEE: $12 per person (please try to bring exact change).

Registration Required:

All players must register each week as follows:

Send an email to  gentlebridgejosee@gmail.com with

  • 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!

We look forward to seeing you,

Josée and Susan

Our Gentle Supervised Bridge Game At Armour Heights Needs You

Our Gentle Supervised Bridge Game
At Armour Heights Needs You

After pausing our Gentle Bridge Game for the summer, Susan Trumper and I are anxious to get started again.  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?

  • Being available on any Monday afternoon from 12 (ish)pm to 3:15 (ish)pm. Come once a month, come every week, once every two months, it doesn’t matter!  We need you! Any day you can give us is a huge bonus!
  • You must LOVE bridge and be prepared to share your love with these beginner players.
  • You must know how to count your hand, open the bidding, respond, rebid, No trump bidding with Stayman and Jacoby transfers, overcalls, doubles, 2 opener and responder, and Blackwood. Not much more than that.
  • You must know basic “table manners” like welcoming new players at the table, counting your cards, saying “Thank you, Partner” and “Director, please!” We want to teach our players not only about bidding and playing bridge, but share with them the etiquette of this game.
  • If you have answered YES to all the above then you are qualified to volunteer at our game.  

Benefits of Volunteering

The benefits are countless. Here are ten proven benefits of volunteering. Maybe one of them will convince you to join us on Monday afternoons! 

  1. Volunteering Builds Community
  2. Ends Loneliness
  3. Increases Socializing
  4. Builds Bonds, Creates Friends
  5. Develops Emotional Stability
  6. Improves Self-Esteem
  7. Promotes Longevity
  8. Reduces Risk of Alzheimer’s
  9. Leads to Graceful Aging
  10. Volunteering Adds Fun to Your Years

What’s not to love about this list!  Free Training provided too!

If the above has convinced you, and if you would like to help the growth of bridge and these new players, please contact me, Josée, at mjhammill@rogers.com.

Games are held every Monday, from 12:30 to 3:00 pm, at Armour Heights Presbyterian Church - 105 Wilson Avenue, Toronto.

NEW LESSON ON ZOOM - Ducking by Declarer in Suit Contracts

JOSÉE HAMMILL – NEW LESSON ON ZOOM
Ducking by Declarer in Suit Contracts

RECORDING AVAILABLE!

 

During this lesson, we play together 12 selected hands from prolific writer and accomplished bridge player Eddie Kantar. Here's a quick preview: https://youtu.be/kqiBuPSr0s4

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 :

  • 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 lesson will be recorded and a PDF of all the hands including commentary from Eddie Kantar will be sent to you. This topic will much improve your declarer play. I promise!

PRICE: $25

Payment by etransfer to mjhammill@rogers.com or by cheque mailed to my home address – 1717 Avenue Road, Suite 418, Toronto, Ontario, M5M0A2.

PayPal email address: mjhammill@rogers.com or here http://bit.ly/JoseePaypal (please, don’t forget to include your e-mail address when paying by Paypal).

Looking forward to seeing you in June! 

Josée Hammill 416-300-9140

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! 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.

 

 

NEW GAMES FOR 0-20 MP PLAYERS
 
NEW GAMES FOR 0-20 MP PLAYERS
 
WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR NOVICE PLAYERS !
 
Game every Wednesday  at 7:15 pm 

THINGS TO KNOW
 
The charge for the games is 5BB$. That is the equivalent of US$5 (approx. CDN$6.25)
 
THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU PLAY
 
1) If you or your partner have not yet played in this game, email Lee at calendar@interlog.com at least one day prior to your first game. Give Lee your name, your ACBL number, your BBO user name and a contact phone number he can reached you at. Once this is done you will be free to join the game 
 
2) Log in to BBO and PURCHASE BB$. Buy your BB$ directly from BBO.  
Do NOT purchase your BB$ through an App or you will pay 30% more than necessary. This means accessing BBO using your browser (www.bridgebase.com)
 
3) The BBO software posts the games on the BBO website 2 hours PRIOR to game. We recommend that you register early, especially in the early going stages, in case there are problems. So let’s say you want to play Wednesday morning at 10 am, as early as 8 am you and your partner can go online and you find the game as explained below and then one of you registers for both of you. That is why you need to have your partner for the game and also know their BBO user name.
 
 
Here is how to find the games on game day 2 hours prior to the start:
 
AFTER you log in to Bridge Base online (www.bridgebase.com) you will be at the Events/Categories page which lists categories. Under FEATURED AREAS you will see a heading entitled VIRTUAL CLUBS. Click on that heading.
 
Now you will see a list of countries with the heading ACBL – NORTH AMERICA at the top, and ALL CLUBS at the bottom of that list. Go to the bottom of the list and click on ALL CLUBS.
 
You can scroll down to find the game title for that day OR there is a SEARCH button in the top right corner of the window if you wish to type the name in there. Simply click on our game and when the INVITE window opens, invite your partner to the game.
 
3) If you are unfamiliar with playing on BBO, we recommend that you spend a bit of time playing in the CASUAL section of BBO so that you will become familiar with the mechanics of the bidding and playing.
 
4) PARTNERS - If you do not have a partner already and would like to play on a specific day - send me - ie Josee an email (mjhammill@rogers.com) as soon as possible and I will try to find you one.  You can also rent a robot to be your partner. 
 
 
RESULTS
 
At the conclusion of the game you can go to the following website to see the Results. They are posted approximately 1 hour after the conclusion of the game:
 
If you have any question prior to game or during the game, Lee can be reached at 416-274-1752.
 
If you have questions after the game on some boards you played, send me the board number and we can discuss these.
 
Lastly, HAVE FUN. And RELAX. :-) This is not brain surgery!
 
Additional Games for Novice Players

Credit Valley Virtual Club has two novice games that may be of interest to our newer players: 

 

Games are $5

  • Monday at 12:30  0 - 20: Teaching Game with Richard and Denise with breakout sessions.  (Zoom link required) 
  • Thursday at 6:30  0 - 50: Game 

 

To register for the games

  1. Provide you BBO username to Denise Donovan. Contact Denise first at email address below
  2. Log into BBO/Virtual Clubs/North America/All Clubs

For further information, or to access the Zoom link for Monday's teaching game, contact Denise Donovan:  dcdonovan49@gmail.com, 416-575-6754

 

Also 

Etobicoke Bridge Centre Virtual 0-20 Game Wednesdays 1:30

The Etobicoke BC is now running a 0-20 Masterpoint game every Wednesday.

The game …

  • is on BBO and awards Masterpoints
  • runs from 1:30 – 3:05
  • consists of 12 hands, 8 minutes per hand (1 min slower than usual)
  • is played by only very friendly new bridge players who make lots of mistakes
  • is followed immediately by hand analysis by Steve Overholt on zoom
  • costs $4 including optional complementary hand analysis
  • is open to any players; you do not have to be affiliated with EBC

If you need a partner contact Steve Overholt; etobicokebridge@gmail.com or  647.897.6179

 

 

 

FACE TO FACE BRIDGE IS BACK IN TORONTO!

Rob Drummond of Toronto Bridge is about to re-open his bridge club in person THIS WEEK.

For now, it will be on a smaller scale and at a different venue but it's a start and it is up to us to make this work. Don't wait to see how it goes! Make a plan to be there!!!! Call up your favourite partner NOW!!

 START DATE: THURSDAY 9 JUNE - That's this week!!!

9.00 - 11.15 am: There will be a 0-500 game for players with under 500 master points

12 noon-3.30 pm: Open game for players of all levels. Stratified

  • LOCATION: LEASIDE MEMORIAL ARENA - 1073 Millwood Rd, Toronto 
  • HEAPS OF FREE PARKING
  • GROUND FLOOR: HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE
  • NO STAIRS
  • 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 rob@torontobridge.ca or 647-629-3408 (Text or call) and he will do his best to help.

MORE GOOD NEWS!!

ON WEDNESDAY JUNE 29, Rob will start a Wednesday afternoon Open game @ 12.00 noon.

Let's all pitch in and make this a huge, whopping success.

Thank you, Rob, for doing this for Toronto!

For those who do not live near Toronto, please make the effort, wherever you live and do your part to bring back the game of face-to-face bridge to your area. Talk it up and make it happen!

Click on the header or here to see the full calendar of past events.

Game Results

Results
Gentle Bridge
Director: Susan Trumper
Gentle Bridge
Director: Susan Trumper
Wednesday Afternoon Pairs
Director: Josee Hammill
Wednesday Afternoon Pairs
Director: Josee Hammill
Wednesday Afternoon Pairs
Director: Josee Hammill