Washington Bridge League Solver's Club - Nov/Dec 2013
Moderator: Steve RobinsonSep/Oct 2013Jan/Feb 2014
Congratulations to Merril Hirsh and Sam Marks who tied for first with a score of 490.
Congratulations to Merril Hirsh and Sam Marks 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 Enid Hughes and Ron Zucker with a score of 480. Tied for fifth were Kent Goulding, Mike Deverin, Lloyd Rawley, Alan Berger, Neal Walters, Guillaume de Decker, Mark Chen, Jim Andre and Jim Wakefield with a score of 470. Tied for fourteenth were Roman Kaluzniacki, Chris Marks, Tom Musso, Barbara Summers, Rusty Krauss, Mike Gill, Francis McMullan, Brad Theurer, Ben Stauss, Leo LaSota, Praalad Rajkumar, Lyle Poe, Lex Poot, Mike Lawrence and Yi Zhong with a score of 460. Tied for twenty-ninth were Terry Coates, Gene Fisher, Hank Meyer, Larry Kahn, Marvin Elster, Arnold Klinger, Carl Jeschke, Ted Ying, Richard Wimberley, Walter Kerns, Jerry Miller, Gareth Birdsall, Jon Mathew Farber, Donna Rogall, Art Hayes, Ram Sarangen and Mickie Kivel with a score of 450. The average score of the 180 solvers was 418. The average score of the experts was 445.

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 $30.60 which includes $5.60 for priority mail.