Washington Bridge League Solver's Club - Jul/Aug 2008
Moderator: Steve RobinsonMay/Jun 2008Sep/Oct 2008
Congratulations to Sam Keiter, Robert Stone, Mark Laken and Enid Hughes who tied for first with a score of 490.
 Congratulations to Sam Keiter, Robert Stone, Mark Laken and Enid Hughes who tied for first with a score of 490. They win a free entry to the Unit Game and will be invited to be on a future panel. Tied for fifth were Lyle Poe, Darwin Afdahl, Michael Mayer, Lloyd Rawley and Flavia Koumjian with a score of 480. Tied for tenth were Susan Rosenau, Fred Gramlich, Mike Richey, Bill Fountain, Jon Weintraub, Tim Crank, Melissa Dedant, Ted Ying and Barb Israel with a score of 470. Tied for nineteenth were Ken Davis, Walter Taschek, Tim Wright, Ken Kaufman, Mel Yudkin, Mel Welles, Albert Lauber, Fred Allenspach, Manuel Paulo, John Kloke, Tom Fukawa, Dalia Kende, Deborah Stone and Francis McMullan with a score of 460. Tied for thirty-third were Carol Elfant, Joav Steinbach, Nikola Tcholakov, Pete Ekstrand, Mohamed Abdallah, Paul Krueger, Jeffrey Caplan, Robert Henry, Suresh Agarwal, David Epstein, Jim Summers, Ed Anania, Albert Pohl, Gene Fisher, Authur Hayes, Molly Tinsley, Rick Bingham, Diane Walker, John Miller, Todd Zimnoch, Dick Robinson, Kathrine Loh and Yi Zhong with a score of 450. Tied for fifth-seventh were Mike Deverin, Rich McDaniel, Rosemary Marks, Mike Berard, Mark Rosen, Don Berman, PJ Rappaport, Ted Guthrie, Marty Bley, Ed Schwartz, William Hohe, Curtis Bare and Tom Musso with a score of 440. The average score of the 280 solvers was 405. The average score of the experts was 435.

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 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 $29.80 that includes $4.80 for priority mail.