Washington Bridge League Solver's Club - Jan/Feb 2011
Moderator: Steve RobinsonNov/Dec 2010Mar/Apr 2011
Congratulations to Gareth Birdsall, Mike Lawrence, and Mike Gill who tied for first with a score of 490.
Congratulations to Gareth Birdsall, Mike Lawrence and Mike Gill who tied for first with a score of 490. They win a free entry to the Unit Game, and will be invited to be on a future panel. Tied for fourth were Tom Musso, Gerald Lerner and Dave Smith with a score of 480. Tied for seventh were Rick Uhrig, Hank Meyer, Prahalad Rajkumar, Ruth Miles, Craig Olson, Ron Zucker and Rex Settle with a score of 470. Tied for fourteenth were Karsten Grove, Jay Weinstein, Chris Johnson, David Rodney, Don Berman, Lyle Poe, Hy Chansky, Neal Walters, Mike Richey, Michael Mayer, Stephen Drodge and Joav Steinbach with a score of 460. Tied for twenty-sixth were Jim Wade, Jim Wakefield, Wes Goldberg, Kent Goulding, Ted Wilkinson, Terry Carpenter, Robert Stone, Leon Letwin, Kevin Lane, Chris Miller, Robert Henry and Owen Byer with a score of 450. Tied for thirty-eighth were Ron Destefano, Mark Rosen, Rick McDaniel, Mark Cohen and Rasim Sari with a score of 440. Tied for fourty-third were Bob Hampton, Al Duncker, Diane Walker, Ron Conlon, Shirley Ybarra, Ellie Dorsey, Ben Stauss, Carl Gutschick, Jeff Hepner, Tom Grahme, Noble Shore, Bryan Macpherson, Pete Hughes and Candy Carlton with a score of 430. The average score of the 244 solvers was 382. The average score of the experts was 461.

Score additions on my last set:
490: Mark Gospodnetic; Hy Chansky
480: Randel Holden
470: Suzanne Abrams
460: John Horst; Sadie Boyer; Bridge Baron

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.