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Barbara Seagram

Barbara Seagram (b. 1949 in Barbados, West Indies) is a Registered Nurse, Canadian bridge teacher, author and administrator. In addition to being recognized for her professional bridge teaching business and as co-author of eighteen bridge books, she is most widely known for co-writing (with Marc Smith) 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know,[1] which received the American Bridge Teachers' Association (ABTA) Book of the Year award in 1999. This book is in its 13th. printing and has been translated into French, German, Japanese and Danish. It has been named the top selling bridge book of the last 50 years.

A member of the Board of Governors of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) from 1997-2009, she has served as president and vice president of ACBL Unit 166, contributes to the American Contract Bridge League's Bridge Bulletin magazine,[2] and is recognized as one of the top five recruiters of new members for the ACBL annually.[3] She has also served on the Board of Governors and Board of Directors for the ABTA.[4]

Seagram is a Gold Life Master and is a Master Teacher (A.B.T.A.) She has received the Kate Buckman Award (given to a person who has contributed most to others' enjoyment of the game) and in 2011 received the Audrey Grant Award for teaching excellence. She and her husband, Alex Kornel, run the Barbara Seagram School of Bridge in Toronto.[5]

In 2012 the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) named Seagram and Aileen Osofsky as being joint holders of number 40 of the 52 most influential personalities in the organization's history for their work at promoting friendly behavior at the bridge table.[6]

Her books are published by Canadian bridge publisher Master Point Press.[7]


  • 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know (with Marc Smith), winner of the American Bridge Teachers' Association's 1999 Shirley Silverman Award for Best Student Book (1999)
  • 25 Ways to Compete in the Bidding (with Marc Smith) (2000)
  • 25 Ways to Take More Tricks as Declarer (with David Bird) (2002)
  • 25 More Bridge Conventions You Should Know (with David Bird) (2003)
  • Practice Your Bidding: Jacoby 2NT (with Linda Lee) (2003)
  • Practice Your Bidding: Roman Keycard Blackwood (with Linda Lee) (2003)
  • Practice Your Bidding: Splinter Bids (with Linda Lee) (2003)
  • Practice Your Bidding: Four-Suit Transfers (with Andy Stark) (2004)
  • Practice Your Bidding: Jacoby Transfers (with Andy Stark) (2004)
  • Practice Your Bidding: Stayman Auctions (with Linda Lee) (2004)
  • 25 Ways to Be a Better Defender (with David Bird) (2006)
  • Barbara Seagram's Beginning Bridge (with Linda Lee) (2008)
  • Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand (with David Bird) (2009)
  • Pocket Guide to Bridge (with Mark Horton and Ray Lee) (2009)

Intermediate Cheat sheet Advanced Cheat sheet (Conventions) Defence cheat sheet


External links

  • Official website
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