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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.



One of the Best Florida Bridge Clubs

Located in Vero Beach Florida, the Vero Beach Bridge Center is a member-owned 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 and 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


  North American Pairs Qualifying Games Begin Monday
North American Pairs Qualifying Games Begin Monday

Last updated : Aug 3, 2021 15:16 EDT

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.

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Last updated : Jun 24, 2021 10:22 EDT
  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.

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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!

Junior Master:                ALICE LOU HALL, VIRGINIA SOURBEER

    Club Master:                   CARRIE TROOBOFF, SARA WHITING

    Regional Master:           BOBBIE ANDRUS, TOM DERGAY,
                                              BETSY FREYTAG, STEVE WARHOVER

    NABC Master:                LOUISE MCANDREWS           




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.


BBO is no longer automatically posting the SAYC card for pairs who have not completed a specific card with their partner. If your partnership is using the SAYC system you will need to specify such and enter your partner's BBO user name on the card in order for it to load when you register to play with that partner. Having a proper card completed for your partnership is an ACBL requirement. It is imperative that you complete a card on BBO ASAP.  There is a video available below (Tutorials) on how to complete a card and in the September 2020 issue of the ACBL Bulletin, on page 20, are photos that will guide you.
Please create your convention card to avoid receiving two Average Minus scores.

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The VBBC will follow ACBL's Open Chart for all Open Games.
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."

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Director: Maggie
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Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Arnie Summers
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