Congratulations to Stephen Drodge,
Robert Stone and
Manuel Paulo 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 Al Duncker, Steve MacArthur, Bob Henry and Yi Zhong with a
score of 480. Tied for eighth were Wes Gray, Gene Fisher, Mark Rosen, Mark Chen,
Arnie Frankel and Darwin Afdahl with a score of 470. Tied for fourteenth were Walter
Taschek, James Stormes, Wes Goldberg, Mike Richey, Donna Rogall, Noble Shore and
Mike Kovacich with a score of 460.Tied for twenty-first were Marvin Elster, Jeffrey
Klemm, Jerry Miller, David Naftaly, Enid Hughes, Lloyd Rawley, Gareth Birdsall,
Jeff Hepner, and Paul McMullin were with a score of 450. Tied for thirtieth were
Michael Ford, Hank Strauch, Marlys Moholt, Jay Weinstein, Bruce Kretchmer, Tony
Graziano, Joav Steinbach, Oleg Dolgikh, Brad Theurer, Paul Setzer, Prahalad Rajkumar,
Steve Chaplin, Leon Letwin, Mike Gill and Bruce Waugh with a score of 440.The average
score of the 197 solvers was 381.
The average score of the experts was 423. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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