Washington Bridge League Solver's Club - Mar/Apr 2012
Moderator: Steve RobinsonJan/Feb 2012May/Jun 2012
Congratulations to Marvin Elster and Ron Zucker who tied for first with a score of 490.
Congratulations to Marvin Elster and Ron Zucker 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 third were Pete Hughes, Barbara Barnes, Rick Eissenstat, Allen Veasey, Dalia Kende, James Key, JC Clement and Fred Gramlich with a score of 480. Tied for eleventh were Lyle Poe, Noble Shore, Carl Gutschick, Sam Keiter, Jeffrey Klemm, Wes Goldberg and Mike Gill with a score of 470.Tied for eighteenth were Paul McGowan, Vin Bartone, Sven Pride, Mark Cohen, Winnie Fratkin, Ronald Witt, Johnny Petersson, Tom Musso, Gene Fisher, Enid Asherman, Suzanne Abrams and Gerald Lerner with a score of 460. Tied for thirtieth were Jeff Watson, Francesco Parisi-Presicce, Dick Robinson, Nigel Guthrie, Bob Pustilnik, Al Duncker, Manuel Paulo, Nikola Tcholakov, Paul Benedict, Bob Levey, Ram Sarangan, Pete Ekstrand, Jay Weinstein, Martin Personick, Kathy Loh, Dan Baker, John Merold, Michael Meyer, Jim Allen, Arnie Frankel and Walter Taschek with a score of 450. The average score of the 200 solvers was 416. The average score of the experts was 463.

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 $30.15 that includes $5.15 for priority mail.