Josee's Bridge

November is here!   Check the main page for  my winter courses. Really hope you will join me!  Also do tell your friends who are interested in learning to play bridge to contact me to purchase my beginners series. 


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Welcome to Josee's Bridge
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Welcome to my website!

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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 email me if you have any question at


Looking forward to hearing from you !


Josée Hammill 


Two 4-Day Courses On Zoom

In January and February, I will be offering two 4-week courses aimed primarily at a very gentle level. These are for quite new players. Do tell your friends.

The courses are Introduction to Declarer Play and Introduction to Defence.

Both courses will come with the Eddie Kantar Book of the same Title (recently Revised and Updated by Barbara Seagram). Lessons are recorded and unlimited access granted once registered and paid for the course.

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 – January 5, 12, 19, 26

Times – 4 to 5:45 pm EST

Introduction To Defence – A 4-Week Course

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!!

Dates – Wednesdays – February 2, 9, 16, 23

Times – 4 to 5:45 pm EST

What you will get with each course:

  • Live ZOOM lessons and unlimited access to the recordings.
  • Eddie Kantar’s book (2nd edition, revised and updated by Barbara Seagram).
  • PowerPoint presentations in PDF
  • LIN files to practice on BBO
  • Additional handouts (yours to keep).
  • Also, Josée will be available by e-mail to answer any questions and doubts that may arise during the lessons.


How to register and pay for the courses


Register for one course - $155 CDN for 4 weeks.  Add $5.74 if you require postage of the book.

Payment by etransfer to or by cheque mailed to my home address – 1717 Avenue Road, Suite 418, Toronto, Ontario, M5M0A2. Cheque can also be dropped off if you are picking up the book from me.

  • If paying in US$ - by check US$ 135, using PayPal US$ 145, prices include postage to the US.


Register for both courses (get a 10% discount!) - $280 CDN. Add $11.48 if you require postage of the books

  • If paying in US$ - by check US$ 243, using Paypal US$ 261, prices already include postage to the US.


PayPal email address: (or here


For your convenience, start with an email to me at

Let me know what course(s) you are signing up for. Include how you will pay and if you require postage of the book(s). Include your mailing address if that is the case. Then you are all set! 


Individual Sessions on Zoom


Completing A Convention Card

As we return to Face-to-Face bridge, you will be expected to have with you a convention card detailing what you and your partner play (special conventions, special systems, what you lead, what your signalling system is, etc.). 

Meet Jean Collins who has agreed to help you with this! Jean will guide you through all parts of the convention card, advising how to fill in each section. If time allows, we will also go over doing the same for your BBO games.

I have known Jean many years. She is a retired high school teacher who has found great joy in being able to enjoy the fun of teaching bridge. She has among other things taught at the Barbara Seagram school of Bridge and supply taught for me a number of times.  Her convention card presentations at tournaments and cruise ships have always been well received.  So you can see why I feel you are in great hands!

When we were discussing how much to charge for the lesson, Jean suggested that I direct all the proceeds toward a charity of my choice. As a result, all proceeds earned from this lesson will be divided equally between Armour Heights Church ( where I rented space prior to Covid and also Arise Ministry ( ARISE Ministry empowers individuals involved in the sex trade to reclaim their lives.

DATE: Tuesday, January 11th, 4 to 5:15 pm EST.

PRICE: $20 (all proceeds go to charity)

  • This lesson will be recorded and available to all who register.
  • To register, please email me at


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 😊 


  • Wednesday, January 19th, 10-11:45 am EST
  • Wednesday, February 16th, 10-11:45 am EST

More dates to be added in March and April.

PRICE: $25 per session

  • Lessons are recorded and will include a PDF of all the hands demonstrated on BBO, including commentary on bidding, opening lead, declarer’s strategy and defensive moves.

Looking forward to seeing you in January and February! 

Josée Hammill


Now I have my own online store where you can buy recordings of my most popular courses!

I am now offering 3 courses available for purchase online. Intermediate II, Two Over One and my most popular Bid and Play series on Conventions. Details below. I can send you the links as soon as you express interest. Note that Intermediate 2 course has a brand new revised book. Thrilled with this!

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


  • INTERMEDIATE II COURSE: This course takes a break from the fundamentals of bridge to look at this game in a more strategic way. Less about points, more about shape of the hand, new conventions and a short intro on Defence. You'll learn 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!! This is an 8 week course.

    Price (includes postage and taxes): $245 CDN/ $197 US (if paying by check) / $207 US if using Paypal.
  • INTERMEDIATE III:   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! 
  • Price (includes postage and taxes : 185 CDN/ $150 USD if paying by check/ $160 USD if using PayPal. 

  • TWO OVER ONE : Discover the system that most of North America now plays! Get into better contracts more easily. Find slams and do it on fewer values. Know when part-score is enough. Learn the forcing No Trump bid. A 2-day course + Extra hands.

    Price (includes postage and taxes): $71 CDN/ $60 US (if paying by check) / $66 US if using PayPal.

Both courses (2 over 1 & Intermediate 2) include Barbara Seagram's book (sent by mail), and upon payment confirmation, you'll receive a link in Google drive with the full course.


  • BID AND PLAY – THE CONVENTION SERIES!: This is the series I am most proud of! :) 7 weeks on Conventions:

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 recordings come with supportive documents and practice hands.

Purchase each lesson individually: $20 CDN ($15 USD by check / $18 USD by Paypal) or

Buy all 7 lessons for the price of 6: $120 CDN ($90 USD by check/ $95 USD by Paypal).


Email me at if interested in purchasing these courses. I will provide you with all necessary links and information.


3 Amazing New Books by Barbara Seagram

Brand new!  Play it Safe: Retail: $25.00 On special: $22.00


Playing party bridge or teams, declarer's objective is to make his contract -- nothing else matters.

Playing it safe is of vital importance. Yet playing safe can take many forms -- it might involve simply choosing the best line of play, or keeping one opponent off lead, preserving entries, or even giving up a trick you don't have to lose, all in the cause of bringing that contract home securely.

Playing matchpoints (regular duplicate bridge), there are times when safety is more important than anything else. Recognizing all these situations, and knowing what to do when you encounter them, will improve your bridge scores by leaps and bounds.



Barbara’s Bridge Tips: Retail: $25.00 On special: $22.00


Whether you have been playing for a while or you're not very experienced, this book will help you to move your game up to the next level. The tips cover all aspects of bridge - bidding, play and defense.

Advice and examples are drawn from material Barbara Seagram has developed for her students over the last twenty years - it's like having your own personal bridge coach sitting beside you!



Barbara’s Quizzes: I've written this book so you have a fun way of finding out how much of modern bridge bidding fundamentals you have mastered.

It is also a tool that will help you identify and improve any areas of your game that may need some work. I suspect (and am hoping) you will want to share this with your regular partner.

Order Barbara’s Quizzes by emailing Barbara at


  • In Canada, you may pay by etransfer to AKORNEL@SYMPATICO.CA, but email Barbara as well, so we have all your postal and email details.
  • Americans, you can mail a check to: Barbara Seagram, 220 Lawrence Ave East, Toronto, ON M4N 1T2 CANADA, but email first so we can get the book on the way to you.

2 games a week!
Games every Wednesday  at 7:15 pm and Saturdays at 12 pm. 


The charge for the games is 5BB$. That is the equivalent of US$5 (approx. CDN$6.25)
1) If you or your partner have not yet played in this game, email Lee at at least one day prior to your first game. Give Lee your name, your ACBL number, your BBO user name and a contact phone number he can reached you at. Once this is done you will be free to join the game 
2) Log in to BBO and PURCHASE BB$. 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 (
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 ( 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 ( as soon as possible and I will try to find you one.  You can also rent a robot to be your partner. 
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:, 416-575-6754



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; or  647.897.6179





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.