Washington Bridge League Solver's Club - Sep/Oct 2011
Moderator: Steve RobinsonJul/Aug 2011Nov/Dec 2011
Congratulations to Arnie Frankel who came in first with a score of 480.
Congratulations to Arnie Frankel who came in first with a score of 480. He wins a free entry to the Unit Game, and will be invited to be on a future panel. Tied for second were Saul Penn, Leo LaSota, Jean Franke, Joyce Strelitz, Warren Beeton, Nikola Tcholakov and Ivan Feit with a score of 470. Tied for ninth were Kees Schaafsma, Jon Farber, Jim Gerding, Mark Thiele, Hank Meyer, Loic Braune, J C Clement, Rick McDaniel, Lloyd Rawley, Gordon Lilly, Carl Gutschick, Mike Richey, Barry Bragin, David Rodney, Mike Lawrence, Gireth Birdsall and with a score of 460. Tied for twenty-fifth were Eric Beard, Ed Maixner, Michael Ford, Marlys Moholt, Jim Wakefield, Robert Bergman, Joyce Currie, Mike Deverin, Mike Kovacich, Judy Haney, Patrick Frye, Bill Fountain, Manuel Paulo, Gerald Lerner, Mike Berard, Tony Graziano, Dick Robinson, Rex Settle, Jerry Miller, Bridge Baron, Linda Marshall and Steve Nesseler with a score of 450. The average score of the 212 solvers was 406. The average score of the experts was 448.

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.