Congratulations to Leo Lasota and Ben Stauss 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 Kent Goulding, Mike Kovacich, Axel Vercauteren, Curtis Bare, Steve Osiecki and Rick McDaniel with a score of 480. Tied for ninth were Nikola Tcholakov, Bill Bingham, Hadi Abushakra, Ram Sarangen, Francis McMullan,William Hohe and Martin Personick with a score of 470. Tied for sixteenth were Penny Stoever, Rick Eisesnstat, Peter Van Zijl, Tracy Brines, Barbara Israel, Kathy Rabenstein, Debra Gardner, Peter Isard, Krus Kristiansen, Enid Hughes and Jay Weinstein with a score of 460. Tied for twenty-seventh were Eric Poskanzer, Andy Hawks, Larry Kahn, Lex Poot, Mark Shimshak, Joe Daniel, Dan Axelrod, Brad Theurer, Craig Olson, Sonney Taragin, Owen Byer, Johnny Petersson, Ernie Schuler, Carl Jeschke,
Kevin Avery, Audrey Warren, Jeff Zaller, Jon Farber, Chris Miller, Barbara Summers, Pete Hughes, Jim Andre and Fred Gramlich with a score of 450. Tied for fifteeth were Terry Coates, Frank Guido, Thomas Fukawa, Molly Tinsley, Gene Kuehneman, Judy Haney and Virginia Brooks with a score of 440. The average score of the 196 solvers was 414. The average score of the experts was 435.
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 email@example.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.