Washington Bridge League Solver's Club - Sep/Oct 2008
Moderator: Steve RobinsonJul/Aug 2008Nov/Dec 2008
Congratulations to Dave Smith, Kevin Avery and Tom Musso who tied for first with a score of 470.
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 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.