Washington Bridge League Solver's Club - May/Jun 2009
Moderator: Steve RobinsonMar/Apr 2009Jul/Aug 2009
Congratulations to Fred Gramlich who finished first with a score of 490.
 Congratulations to Fred Gramlich who came in first with a score of 490. He wins a free entry to the Unit Game and will be invited to be on a future panel. Tied for second were Chris Mooney and Rex Settle with a score of 480. Tied for fourth were Albert Lauber, Lloyd Rawley, Mark McEnearney, Natalie Aronsohn, Elgin Burrows and Michael Mayer with a score of 470. Tied for Tenth were Joe Lentz, Bryan MacPherson, Richard Wimberly, Barbara Pohl, Curtis Bare and Jim Wade with a score of 460. Tied for sixteenth were Jim Allen, Al Duncker, Leon Letwin, John Flynn, William Hoho, Randall Holden, Jim Munday, Eric Beard, Edgar Bowers, Jon Siegel, Wrus Kristiansen and Chris Marks with a score of 450. Tied for twenty-eighth were Lyle Poe, Gerald Botkin, Jeffrey Caplan, Kieran Dyke, Hank Strauch, Johnny Petersson, Brad Theurer, Ted Verhagen, Ellen Cherniavsky, Leo LaSota, Tcholakov and Carl Gutschick with a score of 440. The average score of the 241 solvers was 379. The average score of the experts was 462.

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.