Congratulations to Mark Chen, Mike Deverin, and John Klayman 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 fourth were Suresh Agarwal, John Kloke, Dave Smith, Pete Hughes, Robert Stone and Joav Steinbach with a score of 470. Tenth was Wrus Kristiansen with a score of 460. Tied for eleventh were Pete Ekstrand, Davis Bonner, Natalie Aronsohn, Hailong Ao, Diane Walker, Gene Fisher, Francis Mcmullan and Al Duncker with a score of 450. Tied for nineteenth were Bruce Kretchmer, Mark Rosen, Peter Haglich, Ken Davis, Michael Mayer, Barry Bragin, Ellen Cherniavsky, Arnie Frankel, Brad Theurer, Mark Shaw, Leo Lasota and Joe Wallen with a score of 440. Tied for thirty-fourth were Brian Schoenfeld, Thomas Luther, Michael Polunin, Kenneth Horneman, Michael Lawrence and Jay Weinstein with a score of 430. The average score of the 229 solvers was 370. The average score of the experts was 434.
Corrections from last month: Noble Shore had a 500 instead of 490. John Flynn had a 450.
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 one answer from each solver.
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 at the Unit Game, at tournaments or can send him a check for $29.80 that includes $4.80 for priority mail.