Congratulations to Noble Shore, Gary Hinson, Hank Meyer, Jim Munday and Nigel Guthrie who tied for first with a score of 480. They win a free entry to the Unit Game, and will be invited to be on a future panel. Tied for sixth were Tom Vinson, Gareth Birdsall, Mike Gill, Rasim Sari and Barry Bragin with a score of 470. Tied for eleventh were Penny Stoever, Bill Bingham, Leo LaSota, Robert Stone, Manuel Paulo and Wrus Kristiansen with a score of 460. Tied for seventeenth were Sam Pal, Neal Walters, Randall Holdon, Mike Deverin, Chuck Yaple, Arnie Frankel, Gene Fisher, Aykut Aksu, Allen Veasey, Saul Penn and Winston Edwards with a score of 450. Tied for twenty-eighth were Yi Zhong, Rick McDaniel, Rich Wallace, Albert Lauber, Jim Andre, Walter Taschek and Bob Libler with a score of 440. The average score of the 223 solvers was 377. The
average score of the experts was 471.
Bill Meeks had a 450 in my last contest.
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 mail.