Congratulations to Dave Smith
, Kevin Avery and Tom Musso 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. Tied for fourth were Jim Murphy, Brad Theurer, Elliot Grant, Mark Chen, and
Bruce Kretchmer, with a score of 460. Tied for ninth were George Zolovick, Marvin
Elster, Wes Goldberg, Merril Hirsh, Nikola Tcholakov, Earl Brown Jr. and Ken Davis
with a score of 450. Tied for sixteenth were Millard Nachtwey, Chuck Yaple, Hank
Meyer, Ed Molnar, Al Duncker, Walter Kerns and Tanya Rodich with a score of 440.
Tied for twenty-third were Natalie Aronsohn, Kenton Schoen Robert Spencer Barbara
Summers, Sorina Negulescu, and Prahalad Rajkumar with a score of 430. The average
score of the 282 solvers was 344. The average score of the experts was 408.
I overlooked Barbara Pohl and Jim Allen who had a 450 in my last problems.
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 email@example.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.