Release 2.19o
Recent Updates
Vero Beach Bridge Center
Jan 26, 2022 12:31 EST
0 0 0 0 0 0
Pages viewed in 2022


The Defense Rests

A 4-week course at the VBBC with Andy Avery.

Barbara's New Books
Barbara's New Books

Whether you have been playing for a while or you’re not very experienced, Barbara's Tips 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!
Each chapter is in bite-sized portions and easy to digest.  
A compilation of all you need to know!
About the Quizzes book, Brabara says: "When I first began to learn this wonderful game of ours, it was explained to me by my teachers that the key to successful bridge is not being more brilliant than your opponents. In the long run, you will win more games by making fewer errors than they do. If you and your partner are communicating effectively (making bids that state your shape and values accurately) then your partnership will reach the right contract (and, even better, keep your opponents from theirs) more often.
Time and time again, in my bridge career, I have found this advice to be proved only too true. But how do you make sure your bidding is up to scratch? The answer is easy:
       1. You buy this book, and
2. You do the quizzes

And, because you are serious about your bridge, you score 100% (well done!)

And then...and this is the important part... you make sure partner does the quizzes as well. (I would suggest buying partner another copy of this book because I know you will not want to risk losing this one!)

You may have to work with partner until partner does as well as you. But, I promise, this journey will be worthwhile.

All kidding aside, 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.

There is some similarity to some of the Covid quizzes but these have all been completely revised, and reworked. The answers are far more comprehensive and this is now such a great learning tool.

I urge you not to write the answers in the book but to use a scrap of paper because you will want to return to the book time and time again to see how much your bridge has improved."

Both of these excellent books are available for purchase at the VBBC for $20/each.



2022 Mentoring Program

 2022 Mentoring Program
 Mentoring Program registration has closed. 
Pairings are posted at the VBBC.
Make contact with your assigned partner to schedule your games. 
Games must be played in a VBBC virtual or face-to-face game by March 30 to be eligible to participate 
in the championship game March 31 @ 1 p.m. 
Many, many thanks to our volunteer Mentors!


2022 Mentoring Program
One of the Best Florida Bridge Clubs

Located in Vero Beach Florida, the Vero Beach Bridge Center is a member-owned 501 (C) (3) bridge club. We now host daily bridge games on Bridge Base Online, but before COVID-19 we hosted three Sectional bridge tournaments each year, bridge classes for all levels, celebrity speakers, and student games for new players which are all sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League. In fact, the size of our club allows us to hold many restricted games for up-coming-players; no need to swim with the sharks! 

We have one of the best duplicate bridge clubs in Florida, if not the nation. We ranked  #4 in North America for 2019 based on the number of tables played during the year!

Vero Beach Bridge Center


  Barbara Seagram's Seminar is tomorrow!
Barbara Seagram's Seminar is tomorrow!

Thursday, January 27th
8:30: Continental Breakfast
9:00-noon:  Presentation by Barbara  
$40 if paid in advance. $45 at-the-door.
Each student in attendance will be entered in a drawing to play with Barbara that afternoon while their partner gets to partner with Alex!
If you cannot attend this event in person, Barbara will provide a professionally recorded video of the presentation for you. (No Sharing.)
Pre-register NOW by clicking here.


Last updated : Jan 26, 2022 12:27 EST
  Congratulations to this Mentor/Mentee Pair!
Congratulations to this Mentor/Mentee Pair!

Congratulations to Peggy Laurencelle and Sarita Johnston who placed FIRST OVERALL in the Open game January 19 with 62.20%!
Peggy is Sarita's mentor this year in the VBBC's Mentoring Program. 
Way to go, ladies! Keep up the good work! 

♠   ♥   ♦   ♣ 

Last updated : Jan 25, 2022 11:24 EST
  $5 SUNDAYS for 0-750 AND OPEN ON BBO!
$5 SUNDAYS for  0-750 AND OPEN ON BBO!



(Speedball games are precisely timed games. Please do not register if you cannot keep up.) 



Last updated : Jan 10, 2022 09:20 EST
  2022 Membership Renewal

2022 Membership Renewals are now being accepted. Dues are $35.

You may renew in person at the club or by mailing a check to: 1520 14th Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960.

You may also renew by credit card here by clicking the link below. 

Renew Now

Last updated : Jan 3, 2022 10:10 EST

The VBBC has reopened for fully vaccinated players!
Fully vaccinated means you have had both shots and the booster shot (Moderna or Pfizer) or one injection of Johnson & Johnson at least two weeks prior to attending a game.

S. B. 2006, Section 18. 381.00316 COVID-19 vaccine documentation. (1) A business entity, as defined in s. 768.38 to include any business operating in this state, may not require patrons or customers to provide
any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business operations in this state. 

If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, we would appreciate you not coming to the Club for the safety and health of our members and guests, many of whom are up in age and/or who have compromised immune systems. 
We also recommend the wearing of a well-fitting mask while inside the VBBC.


Last updated : Jan 6, 2022 11:26 EST
  Conventions Refresher Class

Join us each Wednesday and upgrade your game!

A different topic will be presented each week. No reservation required.

JANUARY 26: New Minor Forcing
9:30 - 11:30 


Last updated : Jan 21, 2022 10:53 EST
  Supervised Play meets each Friday
Supervised Play meets each Friday




Last updated : Jan 7, 2022 13:10 EST
  Defense Against No-Trump with Barbara Seagram
Defense Against No-Trump with Barbara Seagram

Barbara Seagram has a wonderful video library of bridge seminars on various topics. She is again offering VBBC members and guests her
video presentation
and 16 page handout on Defending Against the Opponents’ No-trump Contracts. Barbara reviews standard leads against NT,
 when to overtake, when to duck, second and third hand play, and  many more important concepts on defense.

Barbara’s Two-over-one video that many of you purchased and raved about was excellent and we know that you will benefit tremendously
with more competitive defense strategies covered in this video.
  You may register and pay the $15 fee here. We will then email the video and handouts to you and you can watch it and re-watch it at your convenience. 
Barbara is one of the premier bridge teachers and authors in the world. She and her husband, Alex, are VBBC members and we are very appreciative of their generosity in offering these videos.
We hope you will enjoy this new format in learning. We ask that you not “share” the videos as Barbara is generously donating a portion of the proceeds to the VBBC.

♠          ♦     ♣    


Last updated : Dec 15, 2021 09:26 EST
  Introduction to Two-over-One with Barbara Seagram

Last updated : Jun 24, 2021 10:21 EDT
  Many, many thanks, Barbara!
Many, many thanks, Barbara!

We are so very grateful to Barbara Seagram for the OPENING LEADS zoom seminar she presented for the VBBC!
Taking a bridge lesson on Zoom is much different from sitting at a card table with 3 other people but, as always, Barbara was enthusiastic, informative, precise, and entertaining!
The lesson was excellent  and we were very fortunate to benefit from Barbara's extraordinary teaching and generosity in donating the proceeds of the class to the VBBC.
We thank Barbara and YOU for your participation.

♠  ♥  ♦  ♣ 

Last updated : Oct 26, 2020 16:25 EDT
Latest Virtual VBBC Results

BBO Results.  Available immediately after game.

ACBL Live Results.  Improved presentation, but doesn't post until a few hours after the game. ACBL masterpoint awards are accurate here.

Partnership Assistance for BBO Virtual & VBBC Games-THANK YOU, ARNIE & PAT!

Contact Arnie by Email for BBO partnerships:

Contact Pat Forsdick for VBBC partnerships:

VBBC Contact Information

1520 14th Avenue
Vero Beach FL 32960

(772) 562-3008


Unit 240, District 9, of theACBL


Congratulations to these VBBC members
    who achieved a new ACBL rank!

    Sectional Master: NIKKI WICKMAN

    Regional Master: NANCY KNAPP, MARY JANE SOMERS      


    Life Master:         GLORIA STEPHENSON











The ACBL has made a few changes to some Alert procedures. Click this link, then go to page 35, to view the latest changes. These new procedures were effective as of January 1, 2021.

 Having a proper, completed convention card for your partnership is an ACBL requirement for all players. It is imperative that you complete a card and post it on BBO ASAP. 
 The September 2020 issue of the ACBL Bulletin, on page 20, has photos that will guide you. Below is a short video with instructions on completing the Convention Card.

Please create and post your convention card to avoid receiving two Average Minus scores.

♠      ♣ 

The VBBC will follow ACBL's Open Chart for all Open Games.
All Limited Games use the Basic Chart.
Click here to view each chart.

The success of any game depends on players following universally accepted rules and protocols. Here, you can research rules and regulations for games and become better acquainted with our ethical standards and disciplinary code.


0 - 99 NIGHT GAME with lesson before and after
0 - 99  NIGHT GAME  with lesson before and after

DISTRICT 9  hosts a 0-99  game which  begins on Zoom at 6:30 with a special Welcome Reception where you can ask questions and watch demonstrations of various BBO features.
The game begins at 7 p.m. where you will play 12 boards and have the opportunity to attend an after-the-game hand analysis session hosted by teachers.
These games are available Monday thru Friday. The fee for each game is $6 and Masterpoints are awarded.

Registration begins on BBO at 5 p.m.  Go to "Competitive," then ACBL Virtual CLubs. Look for "DISTRICT 9, 99ers Invitational Game."

#96149 Vero Beach 0-750 Pairs 10:15
Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Jack
#86061 Vero Beach 0-750 Pairs 10:15
Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Stan Yellin
#71859 Vero Beach 0-750 Pairs 10:15
Stratified Open Pairs
Director: George Weber
Moorings Invitational
Director: Martha
#35844 Vero Beach Open Silver Speedball Pairs 1:15
#35848 Vero Beach 0-750 Silver Point Pairs! 1:15
#59027 Vero Beach 0-750 Silver Point Pairs! 10:15
#22149 Vero Beach Open Silver Point Pairs! 1:15
#5331 Vero Beach 0-299 Silver Point Pairs! 1:15
299er Stratified Pairs
Director: Mimi Gerstell
Stratified Open & 750 Pairs
Director: Jack
#59021 Vero Beach 0-750 Silver Point Pairs! 10:15
#74156 Riomar Silver Point Pairs! 1:15
#71856 Vero Beach Open Silver Point Pairs! 1:15
Windsor Pairs
Director: Stan Yellin
#54030 Vero Beach 0-750 Silver Point Pairs! 10:15
Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Geo Bleskachek