Washington Bridge League Solver's Club - Jan/Feb 2008
Moderator: Steve RobinsonNov/Dec 2007Mar/Apr 2008
Congratulations to Craig Olson who came in first with a score of 480.
Congratulations to who Craig Olson came in first with a score of 480. He wins a free entry to the Unit Game and will be invited to be on a future panel. Tied for second were Barbara Shaw, Lloyd Rawley, Amy Bloom, Richard Wimberly, Tibor Roberts, Brian Schoenfeld, John Ferman, John Klayman, Kathy Loh and Edward Maixner with a score of 440. Tied for twelfth were Mel Yudkin, Yi Zhong and Arvind Srinivasan with a score of 430. Tied for fifteenth were Noble Shore, Zbych Bednarek, Fred Gramlich, Tom Musso, Mark Chen, Fred Wagner, Ruth Cohen, Jeffrey Klemm, Mark Rosen and Ann Lindley with a score of 420. The average score of the 227 solvers was 342. The average score of the experts was 400.

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 robinswr@erols.com. You can also see and answer the problems at the WBL web site. WBL Solvers Club uses Washington Standard as published July 1996.

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.