THE MASTER SOLVERS CLUB CONTEST
RULES AND PROCEDURES
Each month, The Bridge World runs the Master Solvers Club contest, which presents eight bridge problems on bidding and play. The contest is open to all bridge players and is free to enter. After the contest deadline, the solutions are scored by the director and are discussed by an expert panel in The Bridge World magazine.
All contest entries must be submitted using the current MSC Contest entry page at The Bridge World web site. Entries will not be accepted by any other method. For all entries received, an offical confirmation message will promptly be sent by e-mail to the entrant for their records. If the confirmation e-mail is not received, the entrant should contact The Bridge World for assistance.
Master Solvers Club contests are open to bridge players worldwide. An entrant must be an individual person submitting his or her own solutions using their real name. There is a limit of one entry per individual. All entries are final. All information requested on the entry form must be provided accurately. Employees and staff of The Bridge World and the permanent expert panelists of the Master Solvers Club are not eligible.
Answers for a contest must be submitted no later than 11:00 a.m. (EST) on the contest's deadline; late entries will not be accepted. The contest's name indicates the cover date of the issue in which the solutions and discussion will appear. The scheduled deadline for the each contest is:
|JANUARY CONTEST||November 12||December 10 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)|
|FEBRUARY CONTEST||December 12||January 10 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)|
|MARCH CONTEST||January 12||February 10 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)|
|APRIL CONTEST||February 12||March 10 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)|
|MAY CONTEST||March 12||April 10 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)|
|JUNE CONTEST||April 12||May 10 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)|
|JULY CONTEST||May 12||June 10 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)|
|AUGUST CONTEST||June 12||July 10 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)|
|SEPTEMBER CONTEST||July 12||August 10 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)|
|OCTOBER CONTEST||August 12||September 10 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)|
|NOVEMBER CONTEST||September 12||October 10 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)|
|DECEMBER CONTEST||October 12||November 10 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)|
In answering, a Solver should assume that North is an expert, but North-South are not a regular partnership. To ensure a uniform framework, the North-South players are assumed to be using Bridge World Standard (BWS), the consensus system derived from the preferred methods of experts and solvers. You can see the current version at the Bridge World Standard page.
Directors and Scoring
Each contest is directed by a member of the Bridge World editorial staff. After the contest deadline, the contest's director assigns scores to answers on each problem, giving a highest score of 100 and lower scores generally in multiples of 10. The director does the scoring according to a personal view of the merits of different possibilities but is guided by the votes and comments of a panel of experts. However, the director must award 100 to an action receiving a majority panel vote, at least 10 to any action receiving at least one panel vote, and some score (even if zero) to every legal action.
Honor Rolls and Prizes
For each month's contest, the top-scoring solvers are listed in the Honor Roll, which appears in the issue of The Bridge World following the contest discussion. Monthly scores also apply to the yearly contest; the yearly scores are the sums of the solvers' monthly scores. The top-scoring solvers for the yearly contest are listed in the yearly Honor Roll, which appears in the following year's January issue. Beginning with 2017, each of the top three finishers in the yearly contest will be invited to participate as a guest panelist in three monthly contests.
The MSC contest is administered by The Bridge World. Interpretation of contest rules and eligibility, the admissibility and validity of submissions, and scoring of entries are at the sole discretion of the staff of The Bridge World. All rules and deadlines are subject to change. The "MSC Rules and Procedures" page on The Bridge World web site contains the most current version of the rules and deadlines.
The Bridge World's Master Solvers Club is the world's longest-running bridge feature, featuring a new set of problems every month since October 1929.
Problem suggestions are frequently used and always appreciated. For instructions on submitting a problem, and for tips on which problems are most likely to be accepted, please Click Here.