Washington Bridge League Solver's Club - Jul/Aug 2011
Moderator: Steve RobinsonMay/Jun 2011Sep/Oct 2011
Congratulations to Jim Munday who came in first with a score of 490.
Congratulations to Jim Munday 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 Randall Holden, Rick Uhrig and Mark Thiele with a score of 480. Tied for fifth were Larry Kahn and Brad Theurer with a score of 470. Tied for seventh were Mark Rosen, Barry Bragin, Robert Stone, Leon Letwin, Ann Lindley and Martin Personick with a score of 460. Tied for thirteenth were Ram Sarangan, Wes Goldberg, Neal Walters, Jim Wakefield, Enid Hughes, Mike Richey, Barbara Summers, Joe Lentz, Mark Rosenbloom and Sven Pride with a score of 450. Tied for twenty-third were Kees Schaafsma, Hy Chansky, Bill Gress, Marvin Elster, Stephen Chaplin, John Kloke, Ann Ingram, Jacki Sincoff and Jeff Watson with a score of 440. The average score of the 163 solvers was 378. The average score of the experts was 440.

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.