Washington Bridge League Solver's Club - Jan/Feb 2009
Moderator: Steve RobinsonNov/Dec 2008Mar/Apr 2009
Congratulations to Ben Brill who came in first with a score of 480.
Congratulations to Ben Brill who 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 Pete Ekstrand , Mike Dennis, Jerry Barker , Mitch Edelmanand Sven Pridewith a score of 470. Tied for seventh were Mary Northinston, Lynda Flanger, Ron Daringer, Audrey Warren, Robert Ehlman, Linda Marshall, Leo Lasota, Jim Eaton, Mark McEarney, Zbych Bednarek, Jay Kelkar, Paul Mott, Ken Davis, Stan Schenker, Sam Stein and Hank Strauch with a score of 460. Tied for twenty-third were Nikola Tcholakov, Robert Stone, Donna Rogall, Frank Guido, Hadi Abushakra, Francis McMullan, Ron Zucker, Fred Wagner, Priscilla Smith, Joe Lentz, Gareth Birdsall, Mike Berard, Erik Kien, Tom Vinson, TS Perlman, Diane Walker, Rasim Sari and John Kloke with a score of 450. Tied for forty-first were Richard Allison, Mohamed Abdallah, Barbara Shaw, Wes Goldberg, Iris Payne, Ken Davis, Dorothy Russell, John Flynn, Sam Keiter, John Miller, Enid Hughes, Tom Musso, JC Clement, Joav Steinbach, Paul McGowan, Robert Cohen, Joan Benesch, Millard Nachtwey, Soumen De, Rick Bingham and Jeffrey Caplan with a score of 440. The average score of the 337 solvers was 395. The average score of the experts was 448.

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 whenever you see him or can send him a check for $29.95 that includes $4.95 for priority mail.