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24 April, 2017:  Updated solvers list for Bergholt #33 and removed the link to that problem from Problems Nobody Has Solved Yet.  Also much tidying up, mainly of links and paragraph spacing.

17 April, 2017:  Updated solvers list for Bergholt #32 and removed the link to that problem from Problems Nobody Has Solved Yet.  Also much tidying up, mainly of links and paragraph spacing.

09 April, 2017:  Published results of #145a and #145b and updated the tables.  Congratulations to Steve Bloom on becoming the tenth person to achieve the status of Grand Master Problemist (since records began, 43 years ago), and to F.Y. Sing on becoming an Expert Problemist.

04 April, 2017:  Corrected the contract for Competition Problem #146a.  It's four hearts, not three!  Also added missing parts B. and C. to the solution to #145a.

02 April, 2017:  Started new competition (#146a and b), and published solutions to #145a and #145b.  Updated the solvers list for Bergholt #38 and removed that problem's link from Problems Nobody Has Solved Yet.

27 March, 2017:  No updates.

20 March, 2017:  Updated the solvers lists for Bergholt #31 and Yarborough #14 and removed those problems from Problems Nobody Has Solved Yet.  Removed all requests for DR suggestions (following my recent unilateral assignment of DRs to all previously unrated problems - current competition problems excepted, of course).

15 March, 2017:  Updated result of #144b (thanks to Steve Bloom for pointing out my mistake) and the tables.  Updated the solvers lists for Bergholt #26, Pachabo #27 and Coffin #270.  Removed Coffin #270 from Problems Nobody Has Solved Yet.

13 March, 2017:  Published results of #144a and #144b and updated the tables.  Updated the solvers list for Bergholt #26.

08 March, 2017:  Made some minor revisions to About Double Dummy Corner to bring the information about the various sections up to date.  Corrected several typos in the Pachabo collection (with thanks to Aleksey Slovesnov).

07 March, 2017:  Updated "date of next update" in the home page and made a small change to Pachabo #28, suggested by F.Y. Sing.

06 March, 2017:  Started new competition (#145a and #145b), and published solutions to #144a and #144b.  Updated solvers lists for Yarborough #32 and Pachabo #28, removed their links from Problems Nobody Has Solved Yet.  Upgraded the DR of Yarborough #7.

03 March, 2017:  Updated solvers list for Bergholt #39, Yarborough #7 and removed their links from Problems Nobody Has Solved Yet (one of these is still Bergholt #31, to which I have made a tiny improvement).   With thanks to Aleksey Slovesnov for reporting them, took the indicated action to address the problems he found:

27 February, 2017:  Updated the "all time" table to give 6 MPs to solvers of Problem 517.  Updated the solvers lists for Bergholt #20, Bergholt #22, Bergholt #24, Bergholt #26, Bergholt #36, Pachabo #27, Coffin #143, and Coffin #222.  Removed links to those problems from Problems Nobody Has Solved Yet.

20 February, 2017:  Added Leigh Matheson to list of solvers for #143b and updated the tables.  Added promotion announcement to the result of #143a.  Updated the solvers lists for Yarborough #24, and Bergholt #13.  Corrected the closing date for February competition.  Split Curio 2 into Curio 2 and Curio 2a and added Curio 2bMajor overhaul: All problems now have a Difficulty Rating assigned and ones with the same DR are chained by "next DRn" and "previous DRn" links.

13 February, 2017:  Published results of #143a and #143b and updated the tables.  Updated the solution to #143a to deal with the return of the 9 from West.  Added new section showing archive problems for which I have as yet received no correct solutions.

07 February, 2017:  Corrected the layout of #144b).  Sorry for the confusion.

06 February, 2017:  Started new competition (#144a and #144b), and published solutions to #143a and #143b.

31 January, 2017:  Update the solvers list and setting of Pachabo #22.

23 January, 2017:  Updated the solvers list for Pachabo #22.

16 January, 2017:  Published results of #142a and #142b, and updated the tables.  Removed links to Anthony Moon's web site on his books on squeezes, no longer available (the domain name appears to have expired following Moon's death last year).  Updated the solvers list for Problem 517.

09 January, 2017:  Started new competition (#143a and #143b), and published solutions to #142a and #142b.

03 January, 2017:  Sorry for the slight delay, due to forgetfulness.  Added notes to Curio #2. Pachabo #13, Pachabo #19, Pachabo #21, Pachabo #23, Pachabo #24, Problem 385, and Problem 413, which all appear to be the same problem, given to me my different correspondents and having different attributions!  Updated the solvers lists for Pachabo #27, Pachabo #29, Yarborough #23, and Problem 517.

19 December, 2016:  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 409, Problem 410, Problem 412, Yarborough #6, Yarborough #26, Yarborough #29, Pachabo #36, and Pachabo #37.

12 December, 2016:  Updated the result of 137a to belatedly record the promotion of Sebastian Nowacki to Life Master Problemist.  Updated the result of 139b to withdraw a promotion announced by mistake, caused by a database updating error by me. Published results of #141a and #141b, adding a note to the solution to #141b, and updated the tables.  Revamped the Curios section and added Curio #7 and Curio #8 as well as adding further contributions to Curio 6.  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 516 and Problem 517.

05 December, 2016:  Added Problem 517, a wonderful Bernasconi composition that has only just come to my attention, to my main archive.  Started new competition (#142a and #142b), and published solutions to #141a and #141b.   Updated the solvers lists for Yarborough #25, Yarborough #27, Yarborough #30, Yarborough #31, Pachabo #38 and Exchange & Win Problem #3.

28 November, 2016:  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 256, Competition Problem 2, Pachabo #37, and Pachabo #38.  Added some text to the Pachabo Collection in the light of new evidence concerning the provenance of that collection, discovered by A.V. Ramana Rao.  Also added a new section, Curios.

21 November, 2016:  Updated the solvers lists for Pachabo #31, Pachabo #36, Problem 229, Problem 387, Problem 396.

15 November, 2016:  Added Sebastian Nowacki to the list of solvers for Competition Problem #140b.

14 November, 2016:  Published results of #140a and #140b and updated the tables.  Added Pachabo #34, Pachabo #35, Pachabo #36, Pachabo #37, and Pachabo #38, to complete the Pachabo Collection.

07 November, 2016:  Started new competition (#141a and #141b), and published solutions to #140a and #140b.  Added Pachabo #33 to the Pachabo Collection.  Updated the solvers lists for Pachabo #9, Pachabo #10, Pachabo #25, Pachabo #30.

31 October, 2016:  Updated the solvers list for Pachabo #18 and entered the correct layout for Pachabo #28.

24 October, 2016:  Updated the solvers list for Pachabo #22 and made a change to its layout.  Corrected typos in deadlines for Competition Problems #140a and b.

17 October, 2016:  Updated the solvers list for Pachabo #7, Pachabo #13, Coffin #1, Coffin #16.  Belatedly added Traps to the solution for Competition Problem 137a, explaining why the the play has to differ between the two layouts.

10 October, 2016:  Published results of #139a and #139b and updated the tables.  Updated the solvers list for Problem 154.

04 October, 2016:  Deleted extraneous paragraphs from the solution to #139a (stupid copy-and-paste errors, sorry!)

03 October, 2016:  Started new competition (#140a and #140b), and published solutions to #139a and #139b.  Updated the solvers lists for Pachabo #4, Coffin #8, Coffin #9, Coffin #14, Coffin #15, Coffin #19, and Coffin #57.  Belatedly updated the tables to include the result of the August competition.

26 September, 2016:  Updated the solvers lists for Bergholt #53, Bergholt #55, Bergholt #56, Yarborough #21, and Coffin #55.

19 September, 2016:  Updated the solvers list for Problem 187.

11 September, 2016:  Published results of #138a and #138b but forgot to update the tables.  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 233 and Pachabo #19.

05 September, 2016:  Deleted extraneous paragraph from the solution to #138b and corrected "depending on West's play at trick two" to refer to trick three instead.

04 September, 2016:  Started new competition (#139a and #139b), and published solutions to #138a and #138b.  Updated the solvers lists for Pachabo #23.

19 August, 2016:  Updated the solvers list for Problem 119.

15 August, 2016:  Updated the tables, and the solvers lists for Pachabo #20, Pachabo #21, and Problem 87.

14 August, 2016:  Published results of #137a and #137b (but I haven't yet updated the tables, which I hope to do within a day or so).  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 77, Problem 287, and Pachabo #24.

07 August, 2016:  Started new competition (#138a and #138b), and published solutions to #137a and #137b.  Added Pachabo #26, Pachabo #27, Pachabo #28, Pachabo #29, Pachabo #30, Pachabo #31, and Pachabo #32 to the Pachabo Collection.

31 July, 2016:  Added Pachabo #22, Pachabo #23, Pachabo #24, and Pachabo #25 to the Pachabo Collection.

27 July, 2016:  Corrected The Colonel's spade holding in Pachabo #20.

25 July, 2016:  Belatedly added the DRs for Competition Problems #136a and #136b.

24 July, 2016:  Updated the solvers list for every problem in The Pachabo Collection, as Wim van der Zijden becomes the first person to solve all nineteen that were there until today, when I added numbers 20 and 21 (very easy ones).

19 July, 2016:  Added the missing ♣3 to North's hand in Pachabo #19.

17 July, 2016:  No updates apart from fixing an incorrect link.

09 July, 2016:  Published results for Competition Problems #136a and #136b and updated the tables.  Added Wim van der Zijden to the list of solvers for #135a and #135b (to recover from an unfortunate email mishap).

03 July, 2016:  Started new competition (#137a and #137b), and published solutions to #136a and #136b.

25 June, 2016:  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 27.

19 June, 2016:  No updates.

14 June, 2016:  Added Steve Bloom (deepest apologies to him) to the list of solvers for #135b and updated the tables.  Have I missed anybody else?

13 June, 2016:  Added Steve Bloom to the list of solvers for #135a and updated the tables.  

12 June, 2016:  Published results for Competition Problems #135a and #135b and updated the tables.  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 413.

07 June, 2016:  Started new competition (#136a and #136b), and published solutions to #135a and #135b.  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 72 and Problem 75.

29 May, 2016:  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 55, Problem 130, Problem 273, and Problem 308.

22 May, 2016:  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 68.

15 May, 2016:  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 206Problem 287Competition Problem #2 (and updated the "All Time" table).

10 May, 2016:  Added F.Y. Sing to list of solvers for Problem #134a, added the DRs for #134a and #134b, and updated the tables again.

09 May, 2016:  Published results for Competition Problems #134a and #134b and updated the tables. Updated the solvers lists for Problem 6Problem 12Problem 35Problem 68Problem 110Problem 198Pachabo #10, Pachabo #11, Coffin #206, Coffin #242, Coffin #244, Coffin #245, Coffin #249, Coffin #250.  Added a note to Problem 359.

03 May, 2016:  Started new competition (#135a and #135b), and published solutions to #134a and #134b.  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 17Yarborough #5Yarborough #6, Yarborough #9Yarborough #10Yarborough #16Pachabo #4, and Coffin #243.

24 April, 2016:  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 154Problem 229Problem 379Problem 387Bergholt #2Yarborough #1Yarborough #3, and Pachabo #2.  Posted the following notice:

Sad news:  Anthony Moon, who for many years has been working on a project to catalogue all known squeeze positions, died last weekend.  See the brief notice at http://www.richmondbridgeclub.com/.  The books he had completed at the time of his death are available from The Bridge World.

17 April, 2016: Updated the solvers lists for Problem 84, Problem 87, Problem 155, Problem 416, and Pachabo #1.

13 April, 2016: Showed the Difficulty Ratings for Competition Problems #133a and #133b.  Sorry I forgot to do that last Sunday.

10 April, 2016: Published results for Competition Problems #133a and #133b and updated the tables. Updated the solvers lists for Problem 17, Problem 35, Problem 84, Problem 416, Coffin #11, and Coffin #33.

03 April, 2016: Started new competition (#134a and #134b), and published solutions to #133a and #133b.  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 6, Problem 12, Problem 25, and Problem 119

27 March, 2016: Updated the solvers list for Problem 22.

17 March, 2016: Changed the DR for #132a from 5 to 4 and updated the tables.  The change results from my acceptance of appeals from those who thought line A was too obvious to be worth mentioning!

16 March, 2016: Published results for Competition Problems #132a and #132b and updated the tables.

13 March, 2016: Updated the solvers lists for Problem 308.  Sorry for delay in results for #132a and #132b.  Should come some time this week.

08 March, 2016: Added missing text for part B of solution to #132a.

06 March, 2016: Started new competition (#133a and #133b), and published solutions to #132a and #132b.  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 275 and Coffin #33

28 February, 2016:  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 9, Bergholt #16, and Coffin #230.

21 February, 2016:  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 82, Coffin #92 and Coffin #94.

18 February, 2016:  Yet another revision to the solution to #130c, making False Solution #3 revert to what it previously said: East must discard the 2 in North leads the 2 instead of the 7 in line A.  Updated the solvers lists for Bergholt #12.  Revised the tables to show Wing-Kai Hon as the top solver of 2015, with Radu Mihai a close second.  Thanks to Sebastian Nowacki for noticing my mistake.

17 February, 2016:  Add Sebastian Nowacki to the list of solvers for Problem #131b and updated the tables Updated the solvers lists for Bergholt #5, Bergholt #7, and Bergholt #8.  Made some further minor revisions to the solution to #130c (thanks again to F.Y. Sing).

12 February, 2016:  Published results of #130c, #131a and #131b and updated the tables Updated the solvers lists for Bergholt #2, Bergholt #3, Bergholt #4, Yarborough #1.

09 February, 2016: In the home page, added the missing link to the solution to #130c.  Updated the solvers lists for Bergholt #1, Bergholt #15, Bergholt #16, Problem 119, Problem 172, Problem 229, and Problem 412.   Added Tim Bourke to the list of composers.

08 February, 2016: Revised the solution to #130c, retracting the alternative solution described yesterday. Thanks to F.Y. Sing for showing me how that solution, now added to the list of false solutions, fails.

07 February, 2016: Started new competition (#132a and #132b), and published solutions to #130c, #131a and #131b.  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 119, Problem 172, Problem 410, Problem 412, Problem 466, Bergholt #11, Pachabo #11.

31 January, 2016: Updated the solvers lists for Problem #1, Problem #6, Problem 12, Problem 35, Pachabo #1, Pachabo #2, Pachabo #5, Coffin #89 and Coffin #92.

25 January, 2016:  Published results of #130a and #130b and updated the tables.  Congratulations to Sebastian Nowacki for topping the 2015 league table, and to Wing-Kai Hon and Radu Mihai for following close behind.  Updated the solvers lists for Coffin #183 and Coffin #186.

24 January, 2016: Updated the home page to give correct deadlines for the January problems and links to the solutions for 130a and 130b.  Sorry, but the results for the December competition are now further delayed.  I hope to post them by Tuesday, January 26th.

20 January, 2016: Updated the solvers lists for Bergholt #17, Coffin #13, Coffin #17, Coffin #23, Coffin #28, Coffin #50, Coffin #51, Coffin #55, Coffin #56Coffin #62, Coffin #57, Coffin #79, Coffin #80.

09 January, 2016: Updated the solvers lists for Coffin #1 and Coffin #7.

06 January, 2016: Updated the solvers lists for Problem 162, Coffin #163, Coffin #187, Coffin #188, Coffin #189, Coffin #191, Coffin #204.

03 January, 2016: Started new competition (#131a and #131b), leaving 130c still open for solutions) and published solutions to #130a and #130b.  Updated the solvers lists for Bergholt #10, Bergholt #14, Yarborough #29, Yarborough #30, Pachabo #8, and Problem 122.

24 December, 2015:  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 35, Problem 122, Problem 197, Bergholt #5 and Bergholt #9.

16 December, 2015:  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 161, Bergholt #4, Bergholt #7.

13 December, 2015:  No updates.

10 December, 2015:  Added A.V. Ramana Rao to solvers list for #129a (a misfiling mistake by me) and updated the tables accordingly.  Updated the solvers lists for Yarborough #19 (changing the DR to 2) and Yarborough #22.

09 December, 2015:  Updated the solvers lists for Yarborough #16, Yarborough #17 and Yarborough #18.

08 December, 2015:  Published results of #129a and #129b and updated the tables.

06 December, 2015: Started new competition (#130a and #130b) and published solutions to #129a and #129b. Updated the solvers lists for Problem 3, Problem 6, Problem 100, Coffin #36, Coffin #37.

29 November, 2015:  No updates.

15 November, 2015:  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 1, Problem 314Coffin #5, Yarborough #1, Yarborough #3, Yarborough #5, Yarborough #6, Yarborough #9, Yarborough #10, Yarborough #11, Coffin #13, Coffin #31, Coffin #164, Coffin #165, and Coffin #205 (a couple of which caused me to add them to the relevant list in Problems by Theme).

09 November, 2015:  Added Radu Mihai to solvers list for #128a (apologies to him for misreading his solution) and updated the tables accordingly.

08 November, 2015:  Published results of #128a and #128b and updated the tables.  Updated the solvers lists for Bergholt #1, Bergholt #2, Bergholt #3, Coffin #258 and Coffin #259.

01 November, 2015:  Started new competition (#129a and #129b) and published solutions to #128a and #128b.  Updated the solvers lists for Coffin #004, Coffin #006, Coffin #010, Coffin #011, Coffin #027, Coffin #032, Coffin #034, and Coffin #249.

25 October, 2015:  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 12, Problem 13, Coffin#002, Coffin#012, Coffin#020, Coffin#021, Coffin#022, Coffin#098, Coffin #109, Coffin #243, Coffin #245, Coffin #247Coffin #257

19 October, 2015:  Updated the solvers lists for Coffin #209 and Coffin #165.

13 October, 2015:  Updated the setting of Coffin #047 and the solvers lists for Coffin #161, Coffin #166, Coffin #212, Coffin #216, and Yarborough #21.  Corrected the layouts for Yarborough #15, Yarborough #20, Yarborough #25, and Yarborough #30.

11 October, 2015:  Published results of  #127a and #127b and updated the tables.  Updated the solvers lists for Coffin #204, Coffin #206, Coffin #212, and Coffin #216.

04 October, 2015:  Started new competition (#128a and #128b), published solutions to #127a and #127b.  Updated the solvers lists for Coffin #193, Coffin #196, Coffin #207, Coffin #303, Problem 6, and Problem 466.  Added the following to the general information on the home page: "Whenever you send me a solution, please be sure to include the problem number (and section name if it is from any section other than the first, my own collection).  The best way, if it works for you, is to use my "click here" buttons, as shown with the two current competition problems shown above."

27 September, 2015:  Added Yarborough #26, Yarborough #27Yarborough #28Yarborough #29Yarborough #30Yarborough #31, and Yarborough #32, completing this interesting collection (apart from a few more losing trick problems, which I'm saving for occasional use in the monthly competition).

20 September, 2015:  Added DRs for #126a and #126b, inadvertently omitted last week.  Added Yarborough #19, Yarborough #20Yarborough #21Yarborough #22Yarborough #23Yarborough #24Yarborough #25.

13 September, 2015:  Published results of #126a and #126b and updated the tables.  Yet again revised the analysis of #125c, finding that the problem can be solved by leading a club or by playing the J at trick one after all.  Thanks to Jean-Marc Bihl and F.Y. Sing for showing me where I went wrong before.  As I have now to accept Jean-Marc's original solution, I've updated the tables again to reflect this.  Finally, I added Yarborough #16, Yarborough #16, and Yarborough #18

06 September, 2015:  Started new competition (#127a and #127b), published solutions to #126a and #126b, and added further findings on #125c.  Updated the tables in the light of those findings.

29 August, 2015: Published results of #125a and #125b and updated the tables.  Delayed the result of #125c for reasons given.  Please check my analyses of two alternative solutions that were offered and let me know if you disagree.  Updated the solvers list for Yarborough #9.

23 August, 2015:  Added  Yarborough #15.  Sorry: the result of last month's competition further delayed owing to difficulties with 125c which appears to have several solutions.

02 August, 2015:  Started new competition (#126a and #126b), published solutions to #125a, #125b and #125c.  Added Yarborough #9Yarborough #10, Yarborough #11, Yarborough #12, Yarborough #13, Yarborough #14.  I found some of these early miniature problems quite interesting.

26 July, 2015: Added Yarborough #6Yarborough #7, and Yarborough #8 (quite tricky).  Found Yarborough #4 to be isomorphic to Coffin #5 (thanks to F.Y. Sing for noticing and reporting this).

18 July, 2015: Updated solvers list for Yarborough #2Yarborough #3, and Yarborough #4.

14 July, 2015: Published results of #124a and #124b, and updated the tables.

06 July, 2015:  Started new competition (#125a, #125b, and #125c), published solutions to #124a and #124b.  Updated solvers list for Yarborough #1 and Yarborough #5.  Corrected the layouts for Yarborough #2 and Yarborough #4.

28 June, 2015:  Started new section, The Yarborough Collection.  Updated the home page's text on the various sections, now six in number, constituting the problems archive.

21 June, 2015:  No updates.

07 June, 2015:  Started new competition (#124a and #124b), published solutions and results for #123a and #123b, and updated the tables.

31 May, 2015:  No updates.

24 May, 2015:  Updated the solvers lists for Bergholt #5 and Coffin #3.

08 May, 2015:  Published results of #122a and #122b and updated the tables.  I added a Trap to the solution to #122a, several solvers having fallen into it.

05 May, 2015:  Replaced the solution to #122b, which had been copied in error, with the real solution to that problem.  Also revised the solution to #122a to take into account the possibility of West winning the first spade and returning a diamond instead of the previously assumed trump.

04 May, 2015:  Started new competition (#123a and #123b) and published solutions to #122a and #122b.  Updated the solvers lists for Pachabo #1, Pachabo #12, Pachabo #15, and Coffin #1.

26 April, 2015:  Updated the solvers lists for Pachabo #1, Pachabo #2, Pachabo #4, Pachabo #5, Pachabo #14, and Pachabo #18.

21 April, 2015:  Corrected Pachabo #12.

20 April, 2015:  Corrected Pachabo #5.

19 April, 2015:  Updated the solvers lists for Pachabo #6Bergholt #7 and Bergholt #8.  Corrected Pachabo #13 and the title for the current league table.

12 April, 2015:  Published the results of #121a and #121b and updated the tables.  Updated the solvers lists for Bergholt #6, Pachabo #8, Pachabo #10, and Pachabo #11.  Added four more problems to The Pachabo Collection.

08 April, 2015:  Replaced Competition Problem 122b with one we haven't already seen.  Sorry for the stupid blunder!

05 April, 2015:  Started new competition (#122a and #122b) and published solutions to #121a and #121b.  Updated the solvers lists for Coffin #2 and Coffin #4.  Started new section, The Pachabo Collection.

29 March, 2015:  Updated the solvers list for Bergholt #5.  Added a link, up front on the home page, to The Bridge World's "Unique Winner Challenge".

22 March, 2015:  Updated the solvers lists for Coffin #76, Bergholt #3, Bergholt #4, and Problem 229.

15 March, 2015:  Updated the solvers lists for Bergholt #1, Bergholt #2, Bergholt #25, Coffin #1, and Problem 187.

08 March, 2015:  Published the results of #120a and #120b, improved the published solution to #120b, and updated the tables.

01 March, 2015:  Started new competition (#121a and #121b) and published solutions to #120a and #120b.  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 119 and Problem 172.

22 February, 2015:  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 1 and Bergholt #42.

14 February, 2015:  Updated the solvers list for Problem 77.

08 February, 2015:  Published the results of #119a and #119b and updated the tables.  Updated the solvers list for Bergholt #28.

04 February, 2015:  Assigned DR2 to competition problem 118b.  Corrected the 3-card and 4-card endings in the solution to competition problem 119b.  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 77 and Problem 35.

01 February, 2015:  Later the same day, updated the solvers lists for Coffin #76, Coffin #303, and Coffin #304.

01 February, 2015:  Started new competition (#120a and #120b) and published solutions to #119a and #119b.  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 3, Problem 6, Problem 12, and Coffin #294.

28 January, 2015:  Corrected the setting of Bergholt #22.  Added notes to Bergholt #19 and the very similar Coffin #247; likewise Bergholt #27 and the very similar Coffin #247.  Thanks to Freda Fong for drawing these matters to my attention.

26 January, 2015:  Updated the solvers list for Bergholt #51.

18 January, 2015:  Updated the solvers list for Bergholt #49.

14 January, 2015: Added Dick Yuen to the lists of solvers for competition problems #118b and #118c.  Dick's solutions were already taken account of in the tables.  Apologies to him for my carelessness.

11 January, 2015:  Published results of #118a (in which Jean-Marc Bihl becomes a Life Master Problemist), #118b, and #118c and updated the tables, showing Jean-Marc Bihl as topping the league table for 2014, beating Radu Mihai by a single star point gained by composing.

04 January, 2015:  Started new competition (#119a, and #119b) and published solutions to #118a, #118b, and #118c.

28 December, 2014:  No updates.

22 December, 2014: Updated the solvers list for Problem 77.

16 December, 2014: Added Wing-Kai Hon to the list of solvers for competition problem #117b and updated the tables accordingly.

15 December, 2014: Completed the line for 13 December, below (it somehow didn't all appear on Saturday!) and updated the solvers list for Problem 7.

13 December, 2014:  Published results of #117a and #117b and updated the tables.

07 December, 2014:  Started new competition (#118a, #118b, and #118c) and published solutions to #117a and #117b.  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 279, Problem 485, and Competition Problem 2.  Also made a minor revision to the layout in Competition Problem 2.

30 November, 2014:  No updates.

23 November, 2014:  No updates.

16 November, 2014:  No updates.

10 November, 2014:  Reformatted all problem pages so that the problem diagram is correctly centred (as in recent competition problems) and reduced the DR tags from 24-point to 18-point where necessary.

08 November, 2014:  Published results of #116a and #116b and updated the tables.

02 November, 2014:  Started new competition (#117a and #117b) and published solutions to #116a and #116b.  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 256 and Problem 348.  Belatedly added the following announcement to the result of #110a:

Promotions: Congratulations to Sebastian Nowacki on becoming a Master Problemist, and to Radu Mihai on achieving the norm required to become an Expert Problemist.

(Those ranks have been shown in the Tables since May this year but I've been forgetting to check.  Sorry about that. I've arranged for my database to remind me to do so in future.)

19 October, 2014:  No updates.

12 October, 2014:  Published results of #115a and #115b and updated the tables.

05 October, 2014:  Started new competition (#116a and #116b) and published solutions to #115a and #115b.  Updated the solvers lists for Bergholt problems 1, 3, 5, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, and 56, Coffin 1, Problem 100, Problem 119, and Problem 434.

20 September, 2014:  Updated the solvers lists for Problem 314, Problem 88, Coffin 52, and Coffin 96.

13 September, 2014:  Published results of #114a and #114b and updated the tables.  Updated the solvers list for Problem 1.

07 September, 2014:  Started new competition (#115a and #115b) and published solutions to #114a and #114b.  Updated the solvers list for Problem 72.

30 August, 2014:  Updated the solvers list for Bergholt #8.  There were no updates on August 24th and I forgot to post an "update" to say that!

17 August, 2014:  Published results of #113a and #113b and updated the tables.  Updated the solvers list for Bergholt #5.

10 August, 2014:  Started new competition (#114a and #114b) and published solutions to #113a and #113b.  Updated the solvers lists for Bergholt #49, Problem 6, Problem 12, Problem 40Problem 68, and Problem 72.

22 July, 2014:  Updated the solvers lists for Bergholt #3, Bergholt #51, and Bergholt #52.

12 July, 2014:  Published results of #112a and #112b and updated the tables.  Corrected a typo in solution to #112a (J should have been 10 in (c)).

06 July, 2014:  Started new competition (#113a and #113b) and published solutions to #112a and #112b.  Updated the solvers list for Bergholt #53.

29 June, 2014 but not posted until 06 July (sorry!):  Added Leigh Matheson, with apologies to him, to solvers of #111b.  Added the DRs (6 and 3, respectively) for problems 111a and 111b.  In the tables, corrected errors concerning Leigh Matheson and Wim van der Zijden.

22 June, 2014:  Adopted a correction to Coffin Problem 141 suggested by solver Freda Fong.  Updated the solvers list for Bergholt #53 and added an interesting observation on that problem.  Updated the solvers list for Problem 485.

15 June, 2014:  Belatedly published results of #111a and #111b.  Updated the tables and solvers list for Bergholt #55.

01 June, 2014:  Started new competition (#112a and #112b) and published solutions to #111a and #111b.  Updated solvers lists for Problem 1, Bergholt #49, Bergholt #52, Bergholt #54, Bergholt #56. Corrected the layout for Bergholt #55.

20 May, 2014:  Added Dick Yuen, with apologies to him, to solvers of #110b.  Corrected date of yesterday's update.

19 May, 2014:  Published results of #110a and #110b.  Updated solvers lists for Problem 77, Problem 78, Problem 119, and Problem 172.

04 May, 2014:  Started new competition (#111a and #111b) and published solutions to #110a and #110b.

27 April, 2014:  Updated lists of solvers for Problem 80, Problem 172, Problem 156, and Problem 182.

16 April, 2014:  Published results of #109a and #109b.  Updated lists of solvers for Problem 77, Problem 119, and Problem 221.

13 April, 2014:  Sorry, updates delayed.  Results of #109a and #109b rescheduled for Wednesday, April 16th.

07 April, 2014:  Corrected layout, contract and lead for #110b.  Apologies for blunder.

06 April, 2014:  Started new competition (#110a and #110b) and published solutions to #109a and #109b.  Added seven more problems to Ernest Bergholt's collection to complete the collection.

30 March, 2014:  No updates.

23 March, 2014:  At long last somebody has solved Problem 509.  Also updated list of solvers for Problem 77.  The solution to Competition Problem 107a had some misplaced paragraphs which have been moved their correct place. 

12 March, 2014:  Updated list of solvers for Bergholt #43 and Problem 156.

09 March, 2014:  Published results of #108a and #108b.  Updated list of solvers for Bergholt #37 and Problem 308.

02 March, 2014:  Started new competition (#109a and #109b) and published solutions to #108a and #108b.  Added five more problems to Ernest Bergholt's collection (now up to #45) and also added some more information to the introductory text for that section.

23 February, 2014:  Added five more problems to Ernest Bergholt's collection.  Updated list of solvers for Bergholt #29.

16 February, 2014:  Added two more problems to Ernest Bergholt's collection.  Updated list of solvers for Bergholt #30.  Changed the DRs of Bergholt #31 and Bergholt #32 from 1 to 2.

09 February, 2014:  Published results of #107a and #107b and updated the tables.

02 February, 2014:  Started new competition (#108a and #108b) and published solutions to #107a and #107b.  Added five more problems to Ernest Bergholt's collection of 1906 (now up to #32) and corrected the trump suit in #23.

26 January, 2014:  Added six more problems to Ernest Bergholt's collection.  Updated lists of solvers for several problems in Ernest Bergholt's collection.  Corrected errors in Bergholt #17.  Completely revised Bergholt #19.

19 January, 2014:  Added six more problems to Ernest Bergholt's collection.  Updated list of solvers for Problem 155.

14 January, 2014:  Added F.Y. Sing to list of solvers for #106b and corrected the entries for Radu Mihai in the tables.  Apologies to both for my mistakes, and to all for forgetting to state the DR of #106a, which is 4.

12 January, 2014:  Published results of #106a and #106b and updated the tables.  Added five more problems to Ernest Bergholt's collection. 

07 January, 2014:  Added the opening lead to Competition Problem #107a.

05 January, 2014:  Started new competition (#107a and #107b) and published solutions to #106a and #106b.  Added three more problems to Ernest Bergholt's collection of 1906.

31 December, 2013:  Corrected errors in Ernest Bergholt's collection of 1906, numbers 1 and 5.

29 December, 2013:  Started to build a new section for Ernest Bergholt's collection of 1906.

22 December, 2013:  No updates.

16 December, 2013:  No updates.

09 December, 2013:  Tables updated for results of #105a and #105b.

08 December, 2013:  Published results of #105a and #105bTables to be updated later.

02 December, 2013:  Started new competition (#106a and #106b) and published solutions to #105a and #105b.

24 November, 2013:  No updates.

11 November, 2013:  Deleted Sebastian Nowacki from list of solvers of #104a (thanks to him for pointing out my mistake!).  Corrected Radu Mihai's name throughout (previously shown as Mihai Radu).  Updated list of solvers for Coffin problem 166.

10 November, 2013:  Published results of #104a and #104b.  Updated list of solvers for Problem 22.

03 November, 2013:  Started new competition (#105a and #105b) and published solutions to #104a and #104b.  Updated list of solvers for Coffin problem 261.

27 October, 2013:  Updated lists of solvers for Problem 68 and Problem 197.

12 October, 2013:  Published results of #103a and #103b.  Added further explanations to the solution to #103b.

06 October, 2013:  Started new competition (#104a and #104b) and published solutions to #103a and #103b.

29 September, 2013:  No updates.

26 September, 2013:  Overdue update: added Leigh Matheson to list of solvers for  #102b.

15 September, 2013:  Published results of #102a and #102b.

08 September, 2013:  Added biographical information for composer Ian Budden.  Started new competition (#103a and #103b) and published solutions to #102a and #102b.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

02 September, 2013:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

12 August, 2013:  Started new competition (#102a and #102b) and published solutions to #101a and #101b.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

28 July, 2013:  No updates.

21 July, 2013:  No updates.

14 July, 2013:  Published results of #100a and #100b.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

07 July, 2013:  Started new competition (#101a and #101b) and published solutions to #100a and #100b.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

24 June, 2013:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

17 June, 2013:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

09 June, 2013:  Published result of competition problems #99a and #99b.  Posted notice about Anthony Moon's work on squeezes.

04 June, 2013:  Corrected stupid copy-and-paste error in solution to #99a.

02 June, 2013:  Started new competition (#100a and #100b) and published solutions to #99a and #99b.

26 May, 2013:  No updates.

19 May, 2013:  No updates.

12 May, 2013:  Published results of #98a and #98b and added something to Traps in #98b.

05 May, 2013:  Started new competition (#99a and #99b) and published solutions to #98a and #98b.

16 April, 2013: Added Steve Dunn to the list of solvers for #97b.

08 April, 2013: Published results of #97a and #97b.  Added a note to the solution to #97b.

07 April, 2013:  Started new competition (#98a and #98b) and published solutions to #97a and #97b.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

24 March, 2013:  No updates.

17 March, 2013:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

11 March, 2013: Added Sebastian Nowacki to the list of solvers of #96b.

10 March, 2013: Published results of #96a and #96b.

03 March, 2013:  Started new competition (#97a and #97b) and published solutions to #96a and #96b.

24 February, 2013:  Added a postscript to that same footnote to the solution to #95b.

18 February, 2013: Corrected the footnote I added yesterday to the solution to #95b.  Thanks to Steve Bloom and F.Y. Sing for both pointing out my mistake.

17 February, 2013: Published results of #95a and #95b and added some interesting additional points to both solutions.

11 February, 2013:  No updates.  Revised the date of next update, which is now planned for next Sunday.  (Sorry I missed yesterday's update.)

05 February, 2013:  Revised the solution to #95a in the light of an email from Steve Bloom.  Also revised the date of next update, which is now planned for next Sunday.

04 February, 2013:  Sorry for the delay.  Started new competition (#96a and #96b) and published solutions to #95a and #95b.

05 January, 2013:  Added Kukuh Indrayana to list of solvers for #94b and updated the 2012 league table (shown in result of #94a) accordingly.

02 January, 2013:  Started new competition (#95a and #95b) and published solutions to #94a and #94b.  94a result includes league table for 2012 and belated acknowledgement of promotion of Sebastian Nowacki to Expert Problemist (100 Master Points).

20 December, 2012:  Belatedly published result of #93.

16 December, 2012:  No updates.

09 December, 2012:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

02 December, 2012:  Started new competition (#94a and #94b) and published solution of #93.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Added link to Majalah Bridge Indonesia, where several problems from my collection are being presented to Indonesian readers.

25 November, 2012:  Added Leigh Matheson's promotion to Expert Problemist to result of #92.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

12 November, 2012:  No updates.

04 November, 2012:  Started new competition (#93) and published result of #92.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Added several more entries in Problems Categorised by Theme.

21 and 28 October, 2012:  No updates.

14 October, 2012:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems (22, 28, 100).  This time gave links to problems affected.  Not sure if I'll always do that.

07 October, 2012:  A couple of hours after publishing new competition #92 I got an email from the composer suggestion a tiny modification, which I applied.

07 October, 2012:  Started new competition (#92) and published result of #91.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

30 September, 2012: No updates apart from correcting the spelling of UTC in the deadline for the current competition problem.  The story goes that the English-speaking world wanted UCT ( Universal Coordinated Time) and the French-speaking world wanted TUC (Temps Universel Coordiné).  The dispute was settled by a compromise that stands for nothing!  Is it true?

23 September, 2012:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Added several more entries in Problems Categorised by Theme.

09 September, 2012:  Published result of #90.

04 September, 2012:  Added an important final sentence to the solution to #90.

02 September, 2012:  Started new competition (#91) and published solution to #90.

26 August, 2012:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

19 August, 2012:  No updates.

05 August, 2012:  Started new competition (#90) and published result of #89.

15 July, 2012:  Published result of #88. Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

01 July, 2012:  Started new competition (

24 June, 2012:  No updates.

17 June, 2012:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

13 June, 2012:  Started new competition (#88) and published result of #87.  No other updates.

28 May, 2012:  No updates.  Note that my next update will be later than usual.

21 May, 2012:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

13 May, 2012:  Published result of #86.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

06 May, 2012:  Started new competition (#87) and published solution to #86.

29 April, 2012:  No updates.  Sorry for missing last Sunday through miscalculation.  Will try to catch up next Sunday but I'm rather busy at the moment.

15 April, 2012:  Published result of #85 and added something to its solution.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

01 April, 2012:  Started new competition (#86) and published solution to #85.  Added something to the solution to  #84.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

11 March, 2012:  Published result of #84.

08 March, 2012:  Added some clarifications to lines D and F in the solution to #84.  Thanks to Vincent Labbé for pointing these out to me.

05 March, 2012:  Corrected competition problem #85.  The contract is two no-trumps, not three! 

04 March, 2012:  Started new competition (#85) and published solution to #84.

19 February, 2012:  Added Problem 516 to the archive.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

14 February, 2012:  Sorry for the delay.  Published result of #83.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

05 February, 2012:  Started new competition (#84) and published solution to #83.

29 January, 2012:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Made a small change to Problem 159, thanks to a suggestion by F.Y. Sing.  Policy change: I'm now prepared to send solutions to archive problems, on request, in exchange for a small donation (GB£5), half to go to cancer research.  See here.

22 January, 2012:  Published results of #82, #82a, #82b, including list of leading solvers in 2011 (accidentally omitting Steve Bloom at first attempt). Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

08 January, 2012:  Started new competition (#83) and published solutions to #82, #82a, #82b.

12 December, 2011:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

04 December, 2011:  Started new competition (#82) and published solution and result of #81.

27 November, 2011:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  F Y Sing becomes first solver of Coffin's Problem 297.

22 November, 2011:  Added  Problem 515 to the main archive.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

13 November, 2011:  Published result of #80.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

06 November, 2011:  Started new competition (#81) and published solution to #80.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems—congratulations to Chaokai Cheng for being the first solver of Problem 271 in Coffin's collection.

23 October, 2011:  No updates.  (No solutions received to archive problems.)

09 October, 2011:  Published result of #79 and added a couple of extra points to the solution.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

02 October, 2011:  Started new competition (#80) and published solution to #79.

18 September, 2011:  No updates.

11 September, 2011:  Published result of #78.   Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

05 September, 2011:  Started new competition (#79) and published solution to #78.   Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

29 August, 2011:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

22 August, 2011:  Marked Problem 354 as a duplicate of Problem 18.  Thanks to Leigh Matheson for spotting this.

22 August, 2011:  Added Jean-Marc Bihl to the result of #77.   Apologies to him for the accidental omission.

21 August, 2011:  Published Result of #77

14 August, 2011:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Result of #77 delayed—sorry about that.

07 August, 2011:  Started new competition (#78) and published solution to #77.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems (apart from any submitted over the present weekend).

31 July, 2011:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Noted that Coffin Problems 51 and 269 are the same problem. (Thanks to Prahalad Rajkumar for spotting that one.)

17 July, 2011:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

04 July, 2011:  Started new competition (#77) and published solution and result of #76 (sorry for the delay) and got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

12 June, 2011:  Published result of #75 and added explanation of why a diamond at trick 2 doesn't work.

06 June, 2011:  Started new competition (#76) and published solution to #75.

22 May, 2011:  Modified the attribution of Problem 304, thanks to an observation by Leigh Matheson.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

15 May, 2011:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

08 May, 2011:  Published result of #74.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

02 May, 2011:  Started new competition (#75) and published solution to #74.  Failed to get up to date with solutions to archive problems—maybe next time! (Sorry—too many holidays in UK recently!)

12 April, 2011:  Late—sorry.  Published result of #73.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

03 April, 2011:  Started new competition (#74) and published solution to #73.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

28 March, 2011:  No updates.

22 March, 2011:  (Late—sorry.)  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

18 March, 2011:  Added Ian Budden to result of #72.  My mistake, apologies to him.

13 March, 2011:  Published result of #72.   Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

06 March, 2011:  Started new competition (#73) and published solution to #72.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

27 February, 2010:  No updates were needed.

20 February, 2010:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

13 February, 2011:  Published result of #71.  Adopted a revision to Problem 323, suggested by Vincent Labbé.

09 February, 2011:  Deleted extraneous first two paragraphs from solution to #71.  They were accidentally left in when I copied the solution to #70!

06 February, 2011:  Started new competition (#72) and published solution to #71.

30 January, 2010:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

23 January, 2010: Fixed several broken links in the Exchange and Win section (thanks again to Pavel Stříž for reporting these to me).

16 January, 2010:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Fixed problem with red suit colours in main archive problems.

09 January, 2011:  Fixed several broken links, with thanks to Pavel Stříž for drawing these to my attention.  The links to Eddie Kantar's problems were out of date, as was a link to Coffin's 88 "instant puzzles".

02 January, 2011:  Started new competition (#71) and published result of #70.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Decided to invite donations, to be shared 50/50 with cancer research.

27 December, 2010:  Added Problem 514 to the main archive.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

19 December, 2010:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

13 December, 2010:  Published result of #69.  Added biographical details for composer Paolo Treossi.  Added Problem 513 by him and Luigi Caroli to the main archive (apologies to both for somehow managing to omit this one when I constructed that archive).

05 December, 2010:  Started new competition (#70) and published solution of #69.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

28 November, 2010:  No significant updates.

21 November, 2010:  Assigned the obvious Difficulty Rating to #68.  No other updates were needed.

14 November, 2010:  Corrected Competition Problem #69 (South's minor suits were switched) and published result of #68.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

07 November, 2010:  Started new competition (#69) and published solution of #68.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

31 October, 2010:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems and made a few additions to classification by theme.

24 October, 2010:  Sorry, I've got behind.  Apologies to those waiting from responses to solutions.  Hope to catch up this week.

17 October, 2010:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

10 October, 2010:  Published result of #67.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

03 October, 2010:  Started new competition (#68) and published solution of #67.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

23 September, 2010:  Belatedly got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

12 September, 2010:  Published result of #66.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

06 September, 2010:  Started new competition (#67).  Next day, added the solution to #66.

30 August, 2010:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

25 August, 2010:  In the solution to #65 corrected the introductory paragraph of line B.  The solution had previously shown an exact copy of the introductory paragraph of line A here. 

22 August, 2010:  Added Steve Bloom to list of solvers of #65 (apologies to him: his solution was indubitably correct but I just forgot to add his name).  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

04 August, 2010:  Published result of #65 and added Wim van der Zijden, on appeal, to result of  #64.

01 August, 2010:  Started new competition (#66) and published solution of #65.

25 July, 2010:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems and made further consequent updates to Problems by Theme.

19 July, 2010:  Updated result of #64.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

18 July, 2010:  Published result of #64 and corrected the last sentence of the solution.  Failed to get up to date with solutions to archive problems.

12 July, 2010:  Almost nothing.  Apologies.  I'll try again next weekend.

05 July, 2010:  Moved the web site to Free Virtual Servers.  Started new competition (#65) and published solution of #64.  Got almost up to date with solutions to archive problems.

20 June, 2010:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems and made further updates to Problems by Theme.

14 June, 2010:  Published result of #63 and added further explanations to the solution.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems and made further consequent updates to Problems by Theme.

06 June, 2010:  Started new competition (#64) and published solution of #63.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

23 May, 2010:  Got up to date with lots of solutions to archive problems and made further consequent updates to Problems by Theme.

15 May, 2010:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems and made a few consequent updates to Problems by Theme (which remains very incomplete).

10 May, 2010:  Published result of #62 and added some text to the solution to cover the case where North wins the opening lead.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

02 May, 2010:  Started new competition (#63) and published solution of #62.

14 April, 2010:  Published result of  #61 and got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

07 April, 2010:  Published solution to #61 (sorry for the delay--I forgot I was going away for a few days on Sunday).

28 March, 2010:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

14 March, 2010:  Published result of #60.

11 March, 2010:  Published solution to #60 (sorry for the delay--I forgot to do this on Sunday!).

28 February, 2010:  Published result of #59 (sorry for the long delay--I've been busy).  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

07 February, 2010:  Started new competition (#60) and published solution of #59.

31 January, 2010:  No updates.  No archive problem solutions received.

24 January, 2010:  Published result of #58.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

15 December, 2009:  Sorry for the delay.  Published result of #57.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  More additions to the list of problems categorised by theme.

06 December, 2009:  Started new competitions (#58 and #59) and published solution of #57.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Made some further additions to the list of problems categorised by theme.

29 November, 2009:  Published biography of W.H. Whitfeld, the earliest composer of double dummy problems known to me.  Many thanks to Wolf Klewe for providing me with the material.  Also added biographical information for the C.D.P. Hamiltons Sr. and Jr., in connection with Problem 288.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems and made a few additions to the still nascent list of problems categorised by theme, thanks to some suggestions from Leigh Matheson.

15 November, 2009:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

08 November, 2009:  Published result of  #56.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

03 November, 2009:  Added the missing A to competition problem #57.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

01 November, 2009:  Started new competition (#57) and published solution of #56.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

18 October, 2009:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

11 October, 2009:  Published result of  #55.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

04 October, 2009:  Started new competition (#56) and published solution of #55.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

27 September, 2009:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

20 September, 2009:  Changed DR of #54.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

15 September, 2009:  Revised the result of #54, with apologies to Wim van der Zijden for misreading his solution.

13 September, 2009:  Published result of #54.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

06 September, 2009:  Started new competition (#55) and published solution of #54.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

25 August, 2009:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Sorry for the delay.

16 August, 2009:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

08 August, 2009:  Published result of #53.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

03 August, 2009:  Sorry for the delay.  Started new competition (#54) and published solution of #53.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

19 July, 2009:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

13 July, 2009:  Sorry for the delay.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

05 July, 2009:  Started new competition (#53) and published result of #52.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

28 June, 2009:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

21 June, 2009:  Published result of #51.   Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Connection problem resolved.

14 June, 2009:  Sorry, I've got behind again due partly to having a lot of Real Work to do and also Internet connection problems (under investigation by my ISP).

07 June, 2009:  Started new competition (#52) and published solution to #51.

31 May, 2009:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

24 May, 2009:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

17 May, 2009:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

11 May, 2009:  Added Vincent Labbé to list of solvers of #50.   Apologies to him for my mistake.

10 May, 2009:  Published result of #50.   Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

03 May, 2009:  Started new competition (#51) and published solution to #50.   Failed to get up to date with solutions to archive problems (there are a lot coming through right now and I'm preoccupied with real work).

26 April, 2009:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

19 April, 2009:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

12 April, 2009:  Published result of #49.   Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

05 April, 2009:  Started new competition (#50) and published solution to #49.   Didn't quite get up to date with solutions to archive problems.

29 March, 2009:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

22 March, 2009:  No updates.

15 March, 2009:  Published result of #48. Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Fixed wrong-coloured suit symbols in problems 401-512 (again!-see 22 Feb update).

08 March, 2009:  Started new competition (#49) and published solution to #48.   Fixed wrong-coloured suit symbols in problems 351-400.

03 March, 2009:  Sorry for the delay.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Fixed wrong-coloured suit symbols in problems 300-350.

22 February, 2009:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Fixed wrong-coloured suit symbols in problems 400 onwards.

15 February, 2009:  Published results of #46 and #47 and annual competition for 2008 (see result of #46).  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Several of the older files have been suffering from black suit symbols for the red suits in the North hand.  I have checked problems 100-199 for this problem and corrected them where necessary.  Thanks to Steve Dunn for alerting me to such problems and prompting me into action.

08 February, 2009:  Resumed normal service after absence and domestic upheaval caused by plumbing accident.  Started new competition (#48) and published solutions of #46 and #47 (results to follow next week, I hope).  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

14 December, 2008:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

09 December, 2008:  Corrected a minor error in the solution to #45, concerning the "minor dual" mentioned at the end.

08 December, 2008:  Started new competitions (#46 and #47) and published result of #45.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

23 November, 2008:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

16 November, 2008:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Fix a few random minor problems on certain pages.

02 November, 2008:  Started new competition (#45) and published result of #44.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

19 October, 2008:  Made a minor alteration to Competition Problem #1, at the suggestion of Vincent Labbé.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Corrected the solution to #43.

05 October, 2008:  Started new competition (#44) and published result of #43.

28 September, 2008:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

15 September, 2008:  Amended result of #42 (with apologies to Rajeswar Tewari).

14 September, 2008:  Published solution and result of #42.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

08 September, 2008:  Started new competition (#43).  Solution and result of #42 delayed because I discovered my own solution to be, well, not exactly wrong, but not suitable for publication.  Apologies to solvers and to composer Steve Bloom.

24 August, 2008:  No updates.

17 August, 2008:  No updates.

11 August, 2008:  Published result of competition #41.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

03 August, 2008:  Started new competition (#42) and published solution to #41.  I hope to catch up on solutions submitted to this and other problems next Sunday.

27 July, 2008:  No updates.

20 July, 2008:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

13 July, 2008:  No updates.

06 July, 2008:  Started new competition (#41) and published result to #40.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

29 June, 2008:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

22 June, 2008:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

15 June, 2008:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

08 June, 2008:  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

01 June, 2008:  Started new competition (#40) and published result to #39.  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

25 May, 2008:  Got up to date with solutions.

11 May, 2008:  Published result of #38 (sorry for the delay).  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.  Added Steve Bloom's bio to the Composers page.

04 May, 2008:  Started new competition (#39) and published solution to #38 (result to follow later).  Got up to date with solutions to archive problems.

27 April, 2008:  Got up to date with solutions.  Sorry for missing last Sunday's scheduled update--forgot I would be on a plane that day.

06 April, 2008:  Started new competition (#38) and published result of #37.  Stayed up to date with solutions.

23 March, 2008:  Got up to date with solutions.

16 March, 2008:  Got up to date with solutions.

09 March, 2008:  Updated result of #36 (some solvers' names were missing).  Got up to date with solutions.

02 March, 2008:  Started new competition (#37) and published result of #36.  Got up to date with solutions.

24 February, 2008:  Published result of competition problem #35.  Got up to date with solutions.

13 January, 2008:  Last update until February 24.  Early inauguration of competition #36.  Got up to date with solutions.

06 January, 2008:  Started new competition (#35) and published result of #34 (and of annual competition, 2007).  Got up to date with solutions.

31 December, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.  Sorry for the slight delay, occasioned by a surfeit of seasonal festivity.

23 December, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

16 December, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

09 December, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

03 December, 2007:  Added Rajeswar Tewari's name to list of solvers of  #34.  Apologies to him¾I had misread his solution.

02 December, 2007:  Started new competition (#34) and published solution to #33.  Got up to date with solutions.  Finished correcting the red suit colours in North (I think).

25 November, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions and corrected the red suit colours in a large number of problems in the Coffin collection (still more to do I think).

18 November, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

11 November, 2007:  Published result of #32 but didn't find time to process solutions to archive problems.

04 November, 2007:  Started new competition (#33) and published solution to #32.  Got up to date with solutions other than those received today.

28 October, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

21 October, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

14 October, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

06 October, 2007:  Started new competition (#32) and published result of #31.  Got up to date with solutions.  Added bio for Vincent Labbé.

23 September, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

11 September, 2007:  Delayed update promised for the 9th.  No updates!

02 September, 2007:  Started new competition (#31) and published result of #30.  Got up to date with solutions.

19 August, 2007:  Updated result of #29 to accept Wim van der Zijden's solution (which I had misread--apologies to him).

12 August, 2007:  Published result of #29.  Added link to Eddie Kantar's problems at the ACBL Unit 559 web site. Got up to date with solutions.

06 August, 2007:  Started new competition (#30) and published solution to #29.  Fell slightly behind on solutions.

30 July, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

22 July, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

15 July, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.  Vincent Labbé becomes the first person ever to solve Problem #423.

08 July, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

01 July, 2007:  Started new competition (#29) and published result of #28.  Got up to date with solutions.

25 June, 2007:  Added promotion announcement to result of #27.  Added DRs for #24 and #27.

24 June, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

16 June, 2007:  Published result of #27.  Got up to date with solutions.

03 June, 2007:  Started new competition (#28) and published solution of #27.  Broken computer means I can't be sure when I'll catch up with solutions and the result of #27.  New computer is on order.

27 May, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions again.

20 May, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

13 May, 2007:  Published result of #25 and got up to date with solutions.

06 May, 2007:  Started new competition (#27) and published solution of #26 (result to follow shortly, I hope). Didn't quite get up to date with solutions, either.

22 April, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

15 April, 2007:  Published result of #25 (and added some words to the solution).  Got up to date with solutions.

08 April, 2007:  Sorry, no updates, and I can't promise any next week either.  If I can find an opportunity to do the result of #25 before 22 April, I'll do so. 

01 April, 2007:  Started new competition (#26) and published solution of #25 (sorry, the result is delayed). Got up to date with solutions.  I think I have now corrected all the problems that showed North's red suits in black.  Let me know if you find an exception!

25 March, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

18 March, 2007:  No real updates (no correct solutions received this week) but I have corrected the colour of North's red suit symbols in a large number of the pages where these were black.  No doubt there are still more for me to unearth but I'm afraid finding the bad pages and making the necessary corrections is a rather tedious process.  I've also corrected the layout of Problem #241, which was missing a couple of cards in the South hand.

11 March, 2007:  Revised the solution to Competition Problem #24 to include an important line that I hadn't noticed myself.  Thanks to Steve Bloom for mentioning this to me.  It is where declarer crosses on a club at trick 3 and leads a trump.  Correct defence now culminates in a rather spectacular second duck in hearts by West, such that the 10 and 9 win the first two rounds of that suit!

04 March, 2007:  Started new competition (#25) and published result of #24.  Got up to date with solutions.  Added Wim van der Zijden (apologies to him) to list of solvers of Competition Problem #22.

18 February, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

11 February, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

04 February, 2007:  Started new competition (#24) and published result of #23.  Got up to date with solutions. 

28 January, 2007:  Got up to date with solutions.

23 January, 2007:  Added Helge Leonhardsen to the list of solvers for competition problem #22 (apologies to him for misreading his solution).  Got up to date with solutions.

15 January, 2007:  Started new competition (#23) and published result of #22.  Got up to date with solutions.  Added problem #512.

03 December, 2006:  Started new competition (#22) and published result of #21.  Got up to date with solutions.  Added problem #511 (my own favourite among my own compositions).

26 November, 2006:  Got up to date with solutions.

12 November, 2006:  Added Coffin's Collection problems #292 to #304, thereby completing that section.  Phew!  This very nearly completes the entire archive, but I think I can add a few more to the main section.  Got up to date with solutions.  Added Ian Budden and Wim van der Zijden (apologies to them) to the list for Competition Problem #20.

05 November, 2006:  Started new competition (#21) and published result of #20.  Added Coffin's Collection problems #289 and #290.  Got up to date with solutions.

29 October, 2006:  Added Coffin's Collection problems #287 and #288.  Got up to date with solutions.

22 October, 2006:  Added Coffin's Collection problems #283 to #286.  Got up to date with solutions.

15 October, 2006:  Added Coffin's Collection problems #276 to #282.  Got up to date with solutions.

08 October, 2006:  Added Coffin's Collection problems #274 and #275.  Corrected the entry for Pietro Bernasconi (date of death).  Got up to date with solutions.

01 October, 2006:   Started new competition (#20) and published result of #19.  Added Coffin's Collection problems #272 and #273. Got up to date with solutions.

24 September, 2006:   Again I have been unable to do much on the web site this week.  I've added just Coffin's Collection problem #271 (a nice one) and made some headway on the solution backlog.  Oh, and I had to make a further correction to Problem #510.

20 September, 2006:   Sorry I missed the promised update last Sunday.  Today all I've done is to correct Problem #510 and Coffin's Collection #263.

03 September, 2006:   Started new competition (#19) and published result of #18.  Added Coffin's Collection problems #263 to #270. Got up to date with solutions.  Added link to Richard Pavlicek's collection of all sorts of bridge diversions, including some nice D.D. problems (click on "Bridge puzzles" and look for "mind bogglers").

28 August, 2006:   Added Coffin's Collection problems #260 to #262. Got up to date with solutions.

20 August, 2006:   Added Coffin's Collection problems #249 to #259 (#256 is of significant historical interest). Got up to date with solutions.

15 August, 2006:   Corrected Coffin's Collection problems #247 and #248.  Revised the solution to competition problem 17.

06 August, 2006:   Added Coffin's Collection problems #246 to #248.  Started new competition (#18) and published result of #17.  Got up to date with solutions!--including many from Yunfeng Zhu, who has helped me by discovering more duplicates or near-duplicates.   Added some more information about myself to my own entry on the composers page.

30 July, 2006:   Added Robin Adey to list for Competition Problem 16.  Added Coffin's collection problem #245 and interesting information about its composer.  Sorry, I've been very short of time again and so I am badly behind with checking solutions that have been sent in lately.

16 July, 2006:   Added Coffin's Collection problems #243 and #244.  Got way behind with solutions.

02 July, 2006:   Added Coffin's Collection problems #241 and #242.  Started new competition (#17) and published result of #16.  Got up to date with solutions.

25 June, 2006:   Sorry, no problems added.  Got a bit behind with solutions too.

11 June, 2006:   Added Coffin's Collection problems #239 and #240.  Got up to date with solutions.

04 June, 2006:   Added problems #509, #510 (a real beauty!) and Coffin's Collection problems #237 and #238.  Started new competition (#16) and published result of #15.  Got up to date with solutions.

28 May, 2006:   Added Coffin's Collection problems #233 to #236.  Got up to date with solutions.

21 May, 2006:   Added Coffin's Collection problems #229 to #232.  Got up to date with solutions.

14 May, 2006:   Completed result of #14.  Sorry--got a little behind with other solutions and didn't add any problems.  Hope to do better next time!

08 May, 2006:   Started new competition (#15) and started to publish result of #14.  Added Coffin's Collection problems #227 and #228.  Got up to date with solutions.

30 April, 2006:   Added Coffin's Collection problems #225 and #226.  Got up to date with solutions.

19 April, 2006:   Added Wim van der Zijden to the solvers list for competition problem #13.  Got up to date with solutions.  Sorry for the delay and lack of new problems. 

09 April, 2006:   Added Coffin's Collection problems #222 to #224.  Added Leigh Matheson to the solvers list for competition problem #13.  Got up to date with solutions.

02 April, 2006:   Started new competition (#14) and published result of #13.  Added problem #509 and Coffin's Collection problem #221.  Got up to date with solutions.

19 March, 2006:   Added Coffin's Collection problems #208 to #220.  Noted that #199 and #206 in Coffin's Collection are duplicates.  Got up to date with solutions.

12 March, 2006:   Added problem #508 and Coffin's Collection problems #205 to #207.  Got up to date with solutions.  Corrected errors in Problem #311 and Coffin's Collection #182 (thanks to Vincent Labbé).

05 March, 2006:   Started new competition (#13) and published result of #12.  Got up to date with solutions.  Added Coffin's Collection problem #204.

26 February, 2006:   Added Coffin's Collection problems #201 to #203.  Got up to date with solutions.

19 February, 2006:   Added Steve Bloom to list of solvers of Competition Problem #11 (apologies to him).  Added Coffin's Collection problems #199 to #200.  Got up to date with solutions.

12 February, 2006:   Added Coffin's Collection problems #196 to #198.  Got up to date with solutions.

05 February, 2006:   Started new competition (#12) and published result of #11.  Got up to date with solutions.  Failed to add any problems to the archives (sorry, but I gave you quite a lot last Sunday).

29 January, 2006:   Added problem #507 and Coffin's Collection problems #188 to #195.  Got up to date with solutions.

22 January, 2006:   Added Coffin's Collection problems #185 to #187.  Got up to date with solutions.

21 January, 2006:  I think I have solved the problem with the font for the suit symbols that has been bothering some readers who, like me, don't use Internet Explorer.  Many thanks to Nicolae Mihalache for showing me how to fix this.  Added Coffin's Collection problems #182 to #184.  Got up to date with solutions.

15 January, 2006:  Added Coffin's Collection problems #178 to #181.  Got up to date with solutions.

08 January, 2006:  Added Coffin's Collection problems #175 to #177.  Got up to date with solutions.  Acknowledged almost correct but not 100% perfect solution to #414.

01 January, 2006:  Started new competition (#11) and published result of #10 and annual competition, 2005.  Got up to date with solutions.  Added problem #506 and Coffin's Collection problem #174.

18 December, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problem #173.  Got up to date with solutions.

11 December, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problems #169 to #172.  Got up to date with solutions.  Updated result of #9 (apologies to Dick Yuen).

04 December, 2005:  Started new competition (#10) and published result of #9.  Got up to date with solutions.  Added Coffin's Collection problems #167 and #168.

27 November, 2005:  Got up to date with solutions.  Added Coffin's Collection problems #157 to #166.

20 November, 2005:  Got up to date with solutions.  Added Coffin's Collection problems #153 to #156, reaching the end of the first of Coffin's two books (in which 156 out of 201 have turned out to be sound, in some cases after minor modifications).  Next week I'll be starting on the second book, which has 300 problems.  Some of these are already here in my main collection because they appeared in Bridge Magazine

13 November, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problems #150 to #152.  Got up to date with solutions.

06 November, 2005:  Started new competition (#9) and published result of #8.  Added Coffin's Collection problems #145 to #149.  Added problem #505 (a beauty).  Got up to date with solutions.

30 October, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problem #140 to #144.  Got up to date with solutions.

23 October, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problem #135 to #139.  Got up to date with solutions.

09 October, 2005:  Started new competition (#8) and published result of #7.  Added Coffin's Collection problems #133 and #134.

02 October, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problems #131 and #132.  Got up to date with solutions.  Corrected error in layout of Coffin's Collection problem #120.

25 September, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problems #126  to #130.  Got up to date with solutions.  Corrected error in layout of problem #504.

11 September, 2005:  Started new competition (#7) and published result of #6.  Added problems #503 and #504. Added Coffin's Collection problem #125.  Got up to date with solutions.

04 September, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problem #124. Got up to date with solutions.

28 August, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problems #122 and #123. Got up to date with solutions. Added Wim van der Zijden to solvers list for Competition Problem #5.

14 August, 2005:  Started new competition (#6) and published result of #5.  Added Coffin's Collection problems #118 to #121.  Got up to date with solutions.

08 August, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problem #117.  Got nearly up to date with solutions.  Failed to start new competition.

29 July, 2005:  Added problem #502.  Added Coffin's Collection problems #112 to #116.  Got up to date with solutions.

10 July, 2005:  Added problem #501.  Added Coffin's Collection problem #111.  Got up to date with solutions.

03 July, 2005:  Closed Competition Problem #4. Added Coffin's Collection problems #109 to #110.  Got up to date with solutions.

26 June, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problem #108.  Got a little behind with solutions, sorry!

19 June, 2005:  Sorry.  No updates after all, but caught up with solutions on Tuesday, the 21st.

12 June, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problem #107.  Stayed up to date with solutions.

05 June, 2005:  Major changes caused by inauguration of new annual competition.  Competition rules drafted.  New section of archive prepared for previous competition problems.  Added problem #500 and Coffin's Collection problem #106.  Stayed up to date with solutions.

29 May, 2005:  Added problem #499 and Coffin's Collection problems #103 to #105.  Stayed up to date with solutions.

22 May, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problem #102.  Stayed up to date with solutions.

15 May, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problem #101.  Stayed up to date with solutions.

08 May, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problems #89 to #100.  Stayed up to date with solutions.

01 May, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problems #85 to #88.  Stayed up to date with solutions.

24 April, 2005:  Added problem #498 and Coffin's Collection problems #82 to #84.  Got up to date with solutions.

17 April, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problems #78 to #81.

10 April, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problem #77.  Got slightly behind with solutions.

03 April, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problems #74 to #76.  Caught up with solutions.

27 March, 2005:  Added Coffin's Collection problem #73.  Got behind with solutions again!

20 March, 2005:  Added problem #497 and Coffin's Collection problem #72.  Caught up with solutions backlog.

13 March, 2005:  Added problem #496 and Coffin's Collection problem #71.  Sorry that I was not able to study all solutions received last week.  I should be able to catch up this coming week.

06 March, 2005:  Added problem #495 and Coffin's Collection problem #70.

27 February, 2005:  Caught up with backlog of solutions.  Added problem #494 and Coffin's Collection problem #69.

20 February, 2005:  About Double Dummy Corner updated.  No additional problems because of the huge backlog of solutions submitted while I was away.  I'm still working through this backlog.  So far I have processed all solutions submitted before 28 January, 2005.

09 January, 2005:  Addition of Coffin's Collection problems #66 to #68.  Sorry for so few additions, but I'm beginning to discover that many problems in Coffin's Sure Tricks are unsound.  For example (if you happen to have a copy), numbers 77-83 are all cooked.  PLEASE NOTE: No more updates now until 20 February, 2005.

02 January, 2005:  Addition of problem #493 and Coffin's Collection problems #61 to #65.

27 December, 2004:  No new problems this week, sorry again.  But lists of solvers are updated.

19 December, 2004:  No new problems this week, sorry.

12 December, 2004:  Addition of problem #492 and Coffin's Collection problems #35 to #60.

05 December, 2004:  Addition of Coffin's Collection problems #24 to #34.  Completed the links to the By composer section on composers' names.

28 November, 2004:  Addition of Coffin's Collection problems #10 to #23.  Started putting links to the By composer section on composers' names.  Corrected errors in links in the Ernest Pawle entry in that section.

21 November, 2004:  Addition of Coffin's Collection problem #9.  (Sorry, pressed for time this week.)

14 November, 2004:  Addition of Coffin's Collection problems #3 to #8.  Massive tidy-up of the little tables of links that appear at the bottom of each page.  There were quite a few incorrect links (to "next problem", etc.), and the table was badly formatted in many cases.

07 November, 2004:  Started a new section, George Coffin's Collection.  Updated the introduction to the main archive.

31 October, 2004:  Front page problem changed.

24 October, 2004:  Addition of problems #476 to #491.  This brings me to within a year of the present day, as far as problems from my solving competition magazine column go.  From now on I'll add one problem per month from that column, to stay always a year behind.  But I'll turn to other sources (from ancient history) as well, so there'll be other problems as well as those from my column.

03 October, 2004:  Addition of problems #471 to #475.

26 September, 2004:  Addition of problems #467 to #470.

19 September, 2004:  Addition of problem #466.  Sorry, no time for any more this week.

12 September, 2004:  Addition of problems #464 and #465.

06 September, 2004:  Addition of problems #462 and #463.  Retraction of #445.

30 August, 2004:  Addition of problems #460 and #461.

23 August, 2004:  Addition of problems #456 to #459.  Sorry for slight delay.

15 August, 2004:  Addition of problems #449 to #455.

26 July, 2004:  Addition of problem #448.  Sorry for paucity and infrequency of updates.  Will speed up soon, I hope!

11 July, 2004:  Addition of problem #447.

20 June, 2004:  Addition of problems #443 to #446.

13 June, 2004:  Changed the front page.  Taking a short rest from adding new problems, to allow solvers to catch up a little, but added #442 later.

09 May, 2004:  Addition of problems #440 and #441.

18 April, 2004:  Addition of problems #438 and #439.

04 April, 2004:  Addition of problems #435 to #437.  Also Mistake #7.

28 March, 2004:  Addition of problem #434.  Still very pressed for time!

21 March, 2004:  Addition of problem #433.  Sorry, pressed for time again.

14 March, 2004:  Addition of problem #432.  Sorry, I've not had much spare time this week.

07 March, 2004:  Addition of problems #426 to #431.

29 February, 2004:  Addition of problems #424 and #425.

22 February, 2004:  Addition of problems #421 to #423.

15 February, 2004:  Addition of problems #419 and #420.

09 February, 2004:  Addition of problems #417 and #418.

01 February, 2004:  Addition of problems #415 and #416.  Front page problem changed.

25 January, 2004:  Addition of problems #411 to #414.

18 January, 2004:  Addition of problems #405 to #410.  Apology added to front pageMaster Points page updated.

11 January, 2004:  Addition of problems #403 and #404.

04 January, 2004:  Addition of problems #396 to #402.

28 December, 2003:  Addition of problem #395.  Apologies for being behind with checking solutions.  At Christmas time I am preoccupied with social activities with family and friends.

21 December, 2003:  Addition of problem #394.

14 December, 2003:  Addition of problems #392 and #393.

07 December, 2003:  Addition of problems #388 to #391.

30 November, 2003:  Addition of problem #387.  Sorry, but I'm getting a lot of solutions to mark at the moment and so I don't have enough time left to make multiple additions.

23 November, 2003:  Addition of problem #386.  Front page problem changed.  Just about got up to date with solvers' names after my return home from a long absence.

12 October, 2003:  Addition of problems #384 and #385.  Sorry, short of time again.

28 September, 2003:  Addition of problem #383.  Sorry, short of time this week.

21 September, 2003:  Addition of problems #378 to #382.  Addition of a link to a site of interest to readers in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

31 August, 2003:  Addition of problems #372 to #377.

24 August, 2003:  Addition of problems #370 and #371.

17 August, 2003:  Creation of new section, Problems Categorised by Theme.  Addition of problems #368 and #369.

12 August, 2003:  Problem 358 was a duplicate of #14 and has been deleted.  Solvers of the original #358 have been added to the list for #14.  Problems 359 to 368 have been renumbered as 358 t0 367.  Entries here from 13 July to 10 August have been changed accordingly.

10 August, 2003:  Addition of problems #362 to #367, including several DR8s.  Front page problem changed.

03 August, 2003:  Addition of problems #360 and #361.

20 July, 2003:  Addition of problems #358 and #359.

13 July, 2003:  Addition of problem #357

06 July, 2003:  Addition of problems #351 to  #356.  Includes some gems by Cass and Bernasconi.

29 June, 2003:  Addition of problems #349 and  #350.

15 June, 2003:  Addition of problem #348.  Sorry, but that's all I have time for.  At least it's a DR8, and I think you'll agree with that rating if you have a go at it.

26 May, 2003:  Addition of problems #346 and  #347.  Front page problem changed.

25 May, 2003:  Addition of problem #345 only, but I hope to add some more tomorrow, 26 May.

18 May, 2003:  Addition of problems #343 and  #344.

11 May, 2003:  Addition of problems #340 to  #342.

20 April, 2003:  Addition of problems #338 to  #339.

06 April, 2003:  Addition of problems #335 to  #337.

30 March, 2003:  Front page problem changed.  Addition of problem #334.

23 March, 2003:  Addition of problems #330 to  #333.

16 March, 2003:  Addition of problems #325 to  #329.

09 March, 2003:  Addition of problems #321 to #324.

02 March, 2003:  Addition of problem #320.

23 February, 2003:  Addition of problems #318 to #319.

16 February, 2003:  Addition of problem #317.  Sorry, no time for any more this week.  Will catch up with solutions from solvers soon.

09 February, 2003:  Addition of problems #311 to #316.  Front page problem changed.  Got up to date with solutions received from solvers.

12 January, 2003:  Addition of problems #301 to #310.  1987 was another bad year, but not quite as abysmal as it might seem, for two of the problems published that year, composed by Leslie Cass and Saul Cass, were placed here some time ago.

05 January, 2003:  Addition of problems #296 to #300.  We are now in the era of maestro Leslie Cass.  Watch for more masterpieces by him.  And, by the way, he is still contributing regularly to my monthly competitions, now in Bridge Plus!  Please consider subscribing to this magazine (just click on its name) and entering my monthly solving competitions.  By doing so you will help to keep DD problems alive and in the public eye!  Currently, numbers of entrants are very low and would easily be trebled if a reasonable number of followers of this web site would join in.

In case you are wondering why so few problems are dated 1985, that was a terrible year for me.  Not only were many of the problems found to be cooked at the time, but I now realise that several others had dual solutions we had all overlooked in 1985.

29 December, 2002:  Addition of problems #293 to #295.

22 December, 2002:  Addition of problems #288 to #292.  Front page problem changed.

06 December, 2002:  Addition of problems #281 to #287.

01 December, 2002:  Addition of problems #277 to #280.

24 November, 2002:  Addition of problems #273 to #276.

17 November, 2002:  Addition of problems #266 to #272.

03 November, 2002:  Addition of some very difficult problems: #259 to #265.

20 October, 2002:  Front page problem changed. Got up to date with solutions sent in by readers.  Addition of Problems #255 to #258.

06 October, 2002:  Addition of Problems #247 to #254.  Some solutions to problems in the Mistakes from The Media section await examination by me.

15 September, 2002:  Addition of Problems #244 to #246#243 corrected.  I'm going to be away for a while.  I won't be able to update the site while I'm away.  I see a chance on 06 October.  If I miss that, the next chance is 20 October. 

10 September, 2002:  Addition of Problems #242 and #243.  Sorry for the delay.  I've still been very busy.

01 September, 2002:  Addition of Problem #241.  Front page problem changed.  Sorry, it's been a very busy week.

26 August, 2002:  Addition of Problems #236 to #240.

18 August, 2002:  Addition of Problems #233 to #235.  Statistics of visits since August 16, 2002, set up via small icon at bottom left corner of front page.

11 August, 2002:  Addition of Problems #225 to #232.

21 July, 2002:  Addition of Problems #221 to #224.  #222 is possibly the most difficult problem ever composed.  Front page problem changed.

15 July, 2002:  Sorry, a day late.  Addition of Problems #219 and #220.  Difficulty ratings for problems 201 to 212 (thanks again to Jean-Marc Bihl).

07 July, 2002:  Addition of Problem #218.  Sorry , too busy for any more.

30 June, 2002:  Addition of Problems #215 to #217.

23 June, 2002:  Addition of Problems #213 and #214.  Not a great step forward, perhaps, but I think these will keep you busy.  I've started showing Difficulty Ratings with the problems and I've fixed a few incorrect links (arising from a sometimes losing struggle with the somewhat dreadful software I use for composing these pages).

16 June, 2002:  Addition of Problems #208 to #212.  Front page problem changed.  And thanks to the sterling effort of Jean_Marc Bihl, to whom many thanks, I have added a new page giving Difficulty Ratings for Problems 1-200.  This might help you decide which problems you would most like to look at.

09 June, 2002:  Addition of Problems #205 to #207.

26 May, 2002:  Addition of Problems #203 and #204.  I have managed to complete the composers section.

19 May, 2002:  #157 was showing the wrong contract (two spades instead of four spades).  #198 had an incorrect setting, too.  Two duplicate problems have been found.  I'm struggling to catch up with all the solutions that are coming in at present, so only one new problem this time, #202.

21 April, 2002: Front page problem changed.  I have started to build a new section listing all the problems in the archive by composer.  What's more, when I create a section for a composer, I add new links to that composer's problems allowing you to go to the next or previous problem by that composer.  It was a big job, collecting all of Ernest Pawle's problems together.  I added one other composer (Robert Darvas) just to establish the format for the entire section.  Problems #198 to #201 added to archive.

14 April, 2002: Addition of Problems #196 and #197.  Sorry, I'm being slowed down by a (welcome) spate of solutions.

07 April, 2002: Addition of Problems #194 and #195.

01 April, 2002: Addition of Problems #189 to #193.

24 March, 2002: Sorry, no new problems, but I have changed the front page problem (have a go - it's a great one!) and I have made a significant under-the-covers change to the entire web site, thanks to an html trick that I have only just been made aware of.  Whenever you click on "click here", now, to send me an e-mail, you should find that the Subject line of your e-mail is already filled in appropriately.  Please do check that the problem number is correct, though.  It was a very laborious process and I wouldn't be surprised to find I made a mistake here and there.

17 March, 2002: Addition of Problems #185 to #188.

03 March, 2002: Addition of Problems #183 and #184.  Sorry again.  I've been very busy of late.

24 February, 2002: Addition of missing Problem #159. Sorry I didn't find time for anything else.

27 January, 2002:  Problems #176 to #182 added to archive.  Front page problem changed.

20 January, 2002:  Problems #172 to #175 added to archive.

13 January, 2002:  Problems #168 to #171 added to archive.  Front page problem changed.

09 December, 2001:  Problems #154 to #167 added to archive.  E&W problem #17 added.  Front page rearranged, featuring E&W problem #17.

02 December, 2001:  Problems #148 to #153 added to archive.  E&W problem #16 added.

25 November, 2001:  Front page redesigned.  Problems #144 to #147 added to archive, bringing us to a certain  landmark.  E&W problems #14 and #15 added.

18 November, 2001:  Problems #137 to #143 added to archive.  #117 amended (thanks to Vincent Labbé for the suggestion). E&W problem #13 added.

11 November, 2001:  Problems #133 to #136 added to archive.  E&W problem #12 added.

04 November, 2001:  Problems #126 to #132 added to archive.  Try #127!  #129 is a special one for me, personally, being my first ever composition.  Hinden (fellow student and bridge partner at the time) and I spent a whole night putting it together.  We wanted to find out what composing a double dummy problem is like.  I was vaguely aware of what I later learned to call seesaw squeezes, and that was the theme I suggested for us to work on.  E&W problems #10 and #11 added.

07 October, 2001:  Problems #121 to #125 added to archive.  E&W problems #8 and #9 added.

30 September, 2001:  Problems #119 and #120 added to archive.  E&W problems #6 and #7 added.

23 September, 2001:  Problems #113 to #118 added to archive.  E&W problems  #4 and #5 added. Front page further improved.

16 September, 2001:  The promised collection of Exchange & Win Problems is now officially started.  Nos #111 to #112 added to archive.  Front page redesigned to give more immediate access to links.

27 August, 2001:  Only a couple of additions to the archive because I have been working on the production of a new section to be devoted to "Exchange and Win" problems.  I hope to open this section in my next updated, scheduled for September 16th, 2001.  Nos. #109 to #110 added to archive.  Difficulty ratings assigned for competition problems #1 and #2 (8 and 7, respectively).  Andrew Prothero's promotion to Life Master Problemist announced.

22 August, 2001:  Mistake #6, contributed by Paolo Treossi, added to "Mistakes From The Media".

19 August, 2001:  Mistake #5 added to "Mistakes From The Media".  Problems #101 to #108 added to archive.  #104 and #108 are among my own all time favourites, and at the time when #102 was first published, Pawle thought it was the most difficult problem he had composed.

21 July, 2001:  Just continuing to build the archive from #97 (especially recommended) to #100.

08 July, 2001:  Sorry, only one more problem, #96.  I might manage something in a week's time but cannot guarantee.  Note that the announcement about Bridge Plus has been clarified: my solving competition starts in the very next issue.

23 June, 2001:  The archive creeps towards 100 problems.  We are now up to #95 and the latest batch, starting at #91, includes some real gems.  I'm going away yet again, returning on July 4th, 2001.  I hope to able to make a small update on July 8th, followed by some more extensive additions later in July.

09 June, 2001:  Only one more problem, I'm afraid,  #90.  Now I'm going to be away for a while and I'll probably only have time to add one more on 23 June.

03 June, 2001:  I added three splendid contributions to Mistakes From The Media, two submitted by Paolo Treossi and one by Damien Lescot.  Also added some more problems from the 1950s, starting with #86.

26 May, 2001:  I added this page and a few more problems from the 1950s, starting with #78.  I especially recommend #85, by S.M. Nuttall.

20 May, 2001:  Not much, I'm afraid, as it has taken me over a week to get my head above water again after a long absence on business.  I have at last added the solution to Bridge Magazine's last competition problem, in unfinished business.  I hope to add some more problems to the archive later this week.

15 April, 2001:  I've started a new feature!  It's a collection entitled "Mistakes From The Media".  It's not a very big collection yet, but everything has to have a beginning.  I've added 15 more early problems, too, starting with #63.  They are not all by Commander Pawle.

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