Congratulations to Yi Zhong
who came in first with a perfect score of 500. He wins a free entry to the Unit
Game and will be invited to be on a future panel. I will also play with him at a
future Unit Game. Tied for second were Richard Wimberly, Jeff Zaller, Noble
Shore and Jim Wildey
with a score of 490. Tied for sixth were Dick Robinson, Ivan Feit,
Ruth Cohen, Jeffrey Klemm, Richard Riseberg and Enid Hughes with a score of 480.
Tied for twelfth were Joe Wallen, Donna Rogall, George Green, and Mike Polunin with
a score of 470. Tied for sixteenth were William Hohe, Lloyd Rawley, Jay Weinstein,
Bruce Waugh, Ed MacArthur, Jim Wade, Ed Molner, Zbych Bednarek, Robert Stone and
Francesco Parisi-Presicce with a score of 460. Tied for twenty-sixth were Dave Smith,
Ken Davis, Lyle Poe, Kent Goulding, Albert Lauber, and with a score of 450. Tied
for thirty-first were Richard Freedman, Roman Koluzmacki, Wes Gray, Arun Guha, Bill
Meeks, Walter Kerns, John Horner, Jason Rosenfeld, Robert Boorman, JJ Wang, Nikola
Tcholakov, Al Duncker, Joe Lentz and Bob Blodgett with a score of 440. The average
score of the 214 solvers was 394. The average score of the experts was 457.
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 July 1996. I accept only one answer from each solver.
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.