Congratulations to Lynn Schaefer
who came in first with a score of 490. She wins a free entry to the Unit Game and
will be invited to be on a future panel. Second was
Marvin Elster with a score of 470. Tied for third were Sven
Pride, Robert Stone, Kiyomi Shiba, Brad Theurer, Mike Richey, Marsha Brown and John
Flynn with a score of 460. Tied for tenth were Noble Shore, Barry Bragin, John Kloke
and Leo LaSota with a score of 450. Tied for fourteenth were Raghavendra Rajhumar,
Lloyd Rawley, Chuck Sadowski, Mark Thiele, JJ Wang, Tarun Badiani, Mike Kovacich,
John Miller and Nikola Tcholakov with a score of 440. Tied for twentythird were
Mark Cohen, Steve Chaplin, Dorothy Russell, Bernie McCurdy, Tom Musso, Julian Boyce,
Jeff Hepner, Richard Ferrin, Mel Yudkin, Molly Tinsley, Curtis Bare, Ajit Thyagarjen,
Ed Anania and Kathy Paramore with a score of 430. The average score of the 282 solvers
was 377. The average score of the experts was 440.
Michael Mayer scored a 450 and Scott Foster scored a 440 in my last contest.
All readers are encouraged to send answers and/or new problems to Steve Robinson,
2891 S. Abingdon St. #A2 Arlington, VA, 222061329. 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 selfaddressed
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 the first answer from each solver unless it is clear that
the solver wants to correct his answer.
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.
