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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 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



Tell family, friends, and neighbors who have been asking for bridge lessons! 

Call Natalie at the VBBC:

Last updated : Oct 21, 2021 12:44 EDT
  $5 SUNDAYS for 0-750 AND OPEN!
$5 SUNDAYS for  0-750 AND OPEN!



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



Last updated : Oct 16, 2021 20:55 EDT
  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.

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Last updated : Oct 19, 2021 15:23 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
  Getting Started Tutorials


If you are "Blocked" from registering for VBBC's private tournaments on BBO, login to Bridge Base Online Home, then ACBL World. At the bottom of the page are 3 blue tabs. Select "Update ACBL Number". Verify your user name & add your ACBL # if blank.  This is the number one reason someone is "Blocked." Other possibilities are that the ACBL membership dues are not current or the user name differs from the one in which you originally registered. You will not be able to register for any Limited Games (0-99, 0-199, 0-299, 0-499, or 0-750) if your ACBL number is not in your BBO profile. Another situatioin that may not allow you to register is if you chose to be invisible. Please uncheck invisible on the BBO log-in page. If these items are not corrected, BBO will not be able to award masterpoints. They must have a user name, ACBL number with up-to-date dues, not be invisible, and all must be linked with the member's BBO user name.

If you would like to play but do not have a partner, you can go to our game in the listing of "Pending Games" and click "Partnerships", and add your name or invite any of the players listed. You can also register as a "substitute" for one of our games by going to the game once it has begun (Running Games) and click "substitute". We are in need of substitute players due to inadvertant disconnections and to avoid sit-outs when we have a half table. Be aware that if you lose your internet connection during the final round you may not receive the masterpoint awards.

If you are unable to post your convention card you may need to clear the cache. Go to Web Browser, settings, clear browsing history, then close the window and come back in.

Results from our VBBC virtual tournaments are available in the upper right of the VBBC Home Page.  When results pop up on your screen immediately after a game, the masterpoints shown are not what you will actually receive. ACBL uses a multiplier to increase the awards and ACBL Live will show the true masterpoint award you will receive but these results will not be available until an hour or so after the game.

We have added select Virtual VBBC Tutorials to help you get started. We now archive all our Tips and Info here.
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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:            VAL KRATKY, MARY RINEHART,
                                      ARNIE SHEIFFER, GREGORY SPYRZYNSKI

Club Master:               CINDY LANDRETH          

Regional Master:        BOB HORAK, VINNY WEST

Bronze Life Master:    LYNN MCLAUGHLIN

Sapphire Life Master: DAVE GROBER          






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.

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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."

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