Congratulations to Barbara Shaw
and Frank Cardillo who tied for first with a score of 470.
They win a free entry to the Unit Game and will be invited to be on a future panel. Third
was Richard Freedman with a score of 460. Tied for fourth were Mike Richey, Sam
Gumbert and Lloyd Rawley with a score of 450. Tied for seventh were, Ellen Cherniavsky
and Ed Molner,
with a score of 440. Ninth was Oleg Dolgikh with a score of 430. Tied for tenth were
David Milton, Ken Kaufman, Mark Steele, Josh Feldstein, Bill Ahrens and with a score of 420.
Tied for fifteenth were
Arnie Frankel, Bob Kazdin, Tom Fukawa Iris Payne Linda Smith, Francesco Presicce, Walt Flory
and Paul Benidict, with a score of 410. The average score of the 266 solvers was
336. The average score of the experts was 407.
All readers are encouraged to send answers and/or new problems to Steve Robinson,
2891 S. Abingdon St. #A2 Arlington, VA, 22206-1329. In addition to the winner receiving
a free play at the WBL Unit Game, Steve will play with anyone who gets a perfect
score or who exactly matches all five of his answers. If you send a self-addressed
stamped envelope to the above address along with your answers, I will send you a
copy of the new problems to ensure that you can meet his next deadline. You can
pick up a copy of the problems at the WBL Unit Game in Maryland, and can send answers
or requests for problems to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also see and answer the
problems at the WBL web site. WBL Solvers Club uses Washington Standard as published
I personally score all the problems. If a majority of the solvers vote for an answer,
and the answer is reasonable I will give that answer 100 points. I will not give
100 points to an answer that I consider bad no matter how many experts vote for
it. There are times when I want to make a point. I will give that answer 100 points
and will therefore give the majority answer 90 points. For the other answers I consider
how good the answer is and how many experts vote for it for its score. If you submitted
an answer that got 20 points, that bid would get a bad score at the table. A good
exercise would be to figure out why I gave your answer 20 points. You might have
misread the problem.
The book Washington Standard second edition is out. If you are a serious bridge
player, this book is a must. You can purchase a copy from Steve for $25.00 at the
Unit Game, at tournaments or can send him a check for $29.60 that includes $4.60
for priority mail.