Washington Bridge League Solver's Club - Mar/Apr 2009
Moderator: Steve RobinsonJan/Feb 2009May/Jun 2009
Congratulations to Sorina Negulescu, Karen Heath and Millard Nachwey who tied for first with a score of 480.
 Congratulations to Sorina Negulescu, Karen Heath and Millard Nachwey who tied for first with a score of 480. They win a free entry to the Unit Game and will be invited to be on a future panel. Tied for fourth were Lyle Poe, Bruce Kasold, Oleg Dolgikh, Geoffrey Mallette, Sam Keiter and Paul Benedict with a score of 470. Tied for tenth were Leo Lasota, Jian Jian Wang, Chris Johnson, Bill Meeks and Buck Rogers with a score of 460. Tied for fifteenth were Kevin Avery, Bob Boyd, Albert Lauber, Atam Lalchandani, Mike Richey, Jeff Watson, Penny Stoever, Linda Marshall, Hank Strauch, Jay Weinstein, Rick Eissenstat, Kenn Pendleton, Carl Gutschick, Lloyd Rawley, Brad Theurer, Jon Farber, Owen Byer, Michael Mayer, Swapan Das, Don Stoffel, Ruth Miles, and Eric Beard with a score of 450. Tied for thirty-seventh were Rusty Krauss, Joan Miller, Tibor Roberts, Noble Shore, Merril Hirsh, Bill Nicolai, John Horner, Jack Hawks and Wes Goldberg with a score of 440.The average score of the 289 solvers was 392. The average score of the experts was 425.

Brad Theurer had a 450 and John Miller had a 460 in my last set of 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 whenever you see him or can send him a check for $29.95 that includes $4.95 for priority mail.