Washington Bridge League Solver's Club - Nov/Dec 2010
Moderator: Steve RobinsonSep/Oct 2010Jan/Feb 2011
Congratulations to Barry Bragin, Mark Chen, and Sven Pride who tied for first with a score of 500.
Congratulations to Barry Bragin, Mark Chen, and Sven Pride who tied for first with a score of 500. They win a free entry to the Unit Game, and will be invited to be on a future panel. I will play with them at a future Unit Game. Tied for fourth were Dougas Katzenstein, Pete Hughes, Millard Nachtwey, Jeffrey Klemm and Prahalad Rajkumar with a score of 490. Tied for tenth were Jim Wakefield, Douglas Katzenstein, Merrill Hirsh, Manuel Paulo and Larry Lau with a score of 480. Tied for fifteenth were Joav Steinbach, Martin Personick, Art Hayes, Lynda Flanger, Bryan Geer, Rick McDaniel, Kees Schaafsma, Mike Kovacich, Marsha Brown, Richard Wimberley, Jay Weinstein, Chris Marks, Arnie Frankel, Daisy Smith, and Sam Kaplan with a score of 470. Tied for thirtieth were Melissa Price, Rosemary Marks, Edgar Bowers, Ted Wilkenson, Suresh Agarwal, Rasim Sari, Carl Jeschke, Rick Eissenstat, Neal Walters, Mike Frosch, Kathy Paramore, Bill Fitch, Tom Musso, Carl Gutschick, Brad Theurer, Mike Richey, Lloyd Rawley, Chris Johnson, Fred Granlich, John McAllister, Rita Waldack and Bill Meeks with a score of 460. Tied for fifty-second were John Horst, Chuck Sadowisk, Marlys Moholt, Jim Munday, Robert Stone, Lyle Poe, Jake Hudson, Forest Montgomery, Tom Grahame, Walter Taschek, Enid Hughes, Barbara Israel, Randel Holden, Jon Bessinger, Chongmin Zhang, Stephen Drodge, Dan Oakes, Mike Gill, Dorothy Russell and Walter Beckerman with a score of 450. The average score of the 286 solvers was 392. The average score of the experts was 453.

Craig Olson got a 440 in my last set.

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 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.