Congratulations to Brad Theurer who
came in first with a score of 490. He wins a free entry to the Unit Game, and
will be invited to be on a future panel. Tied for second were
Robert Stone and
Mark Rosen with a score of 470.
Tied for fifth were Prahalad Rajkumar, Chuck Sadowski, Pete Hughes, Dave Capera,
Mike Lawrence, Leon Letwin, Craig Hemhill and Donna Rogall with a score of 460.
Tied for thirteenth were Nigel Guthrie, Jon Farber, Allen Veasey, Lloyd Rawley,
Sylvia Shi, Zbych Bednarek, Mark Chen, Craig Olson, Steve Chaplin, Kenton Schoen
and Carl Jeschke with a score of 450. Tied for twenty-fourth were Richard
Wimberley, Mike Deverin, Karen Heath, Al Duncker, Lyle Poe, Tom Musso, Paul
Benedict, Randall Holden, Sven Pride, Fred Gramlich, Robert Cohen and Sven Pride
with a score of 440. The average score of the 184 solvers was 379. The average
score of the experts was 451.
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