Author of “25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know
Named the top selling bridge book of the last 50 years

& author of 21 other bridge books

*** Space is limited.  Please register early. **
9:00 AM – 12:00 NOON

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

9:00 AM – 12:00 NOON

Stripping Can Be Fun –  Finesses only work 50% of the time.
Learn a technique that will dazzle and frustrate your opponents.

 Thursday, March 22, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 NOON

Killing Defense Now you will be a feared opponent.
Learn defensive strategy and signaling.

$50 each day or $90 for both days (10% discount)
Includes either textbook or comprehensive participant packages

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To Register by Mail
Please make check payable to:  Duncan Bridge Center
AND indicate days of attendance

Mail to: Barbara Hopewell (
19 Covington Dr
Palm Desert, CA 92260

About Barbara Seagram

Background.  Barbara was born and educated in Barbados, West Indies. She furthered her education by graduating from the University of New Brunswick (Canada) with a Bachelor of Nursing degree. Prior to her involvement in bridge, she both practised and taught nursing for a number of years.

Bridge  In 1975, Barbara began working for the Kate Buckman Bridge Studio in Toronto, doing administration and marketing. In 1990, she and her husband, Alex Kornel,  bought the club which became the largest bridge club in Canada and the fourth largest on the continent. In 2006, it was named by ACBL as the top Bridge Club in North America. The club ran every possible event and held many charity events. (The club was subsequently sold.)  Currently, Barbara owns and manages a School of Bridge in Toronto. She teaches and inspires thousands of students a year at all levels (in Toronto, at seminars all over North America, on cruise ships, and on the ACBL Regional Bridge Tournaments at Sea). Barbara tirelessly promotes bridge wherever she goes in the world. She also has mentored many players as students and as teachers.

Published Author

  • co-author of 24 published bridge books: the most well-known being “25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know” which won Book of the Year award from ABTA. This is now in its 14th printing and has been translated into French, German, Japanese and Danish
  • “Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand” and “Declarer Play – A Quizbook” have also received the Book of the Year Award from the ABTA
  • has co-written a number of Bridge CD’s
  • writes a monthly newsletter (emailed to more than 3,500 people) which includes bridge articles and advertises upcoming bridge and charity events

Awards,  Accomplishments, and Involvement in Bridge Organizations

  • recipient of the1995 Kate Buckman Award, an annual award presented  to the person who has contributed most to others’ enjoyment of the game in Unit 166
  • recipient of the 2011 Audrey Grant Award, an annual award which recognizes excellence in bridge teaching in Unit 166
  • recently named # 40 on the list of the top 52 bridge personalities, who have most influenced the game of bridge
  • Gold Life Master
  • served on the Unit 166 Board of Directors & was the Novice/Intermediate Co-ordinator for the unit for 16 years
  • was on the District 2 Board, and on the ACBL Board of Governors for many years
  • served on the ACBL Future of Bridge Committee from 1996-1998
  • co-founder (one of two) of the Zero Tolerance program
  • contributor to the ACBL Bulletin for 4 years
  • frequent speaker at NABC’s