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May 10, 2012

From a Position of Strength

Martin Tompa

The rivalry with your sister Emmi continues. She is annoying you by once again being ahead, against all reason. Let’s see what you can do about it.

Unseen cards:
AK
AKQ
♣ T
KJ

Your cards:
Q

♣ AJ
AT

Trump: Q
Stock: 3 face-down cards
Game points: Emmi 4, You 7
Trick points: Emmi 12, You 19
On lead: You

You’ve got to like the cards you’re looking at. What nags at you are all the possible cards your sister could be holding and what she has up her sleeve. Plan your play. When you think you have a good plan, you are welcome to read my analysis.

© 2012 Martin Tompa. All rights reserved.


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Martin Tompa

Martin Tompa (tompa@psellos.com)

I am a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where I teach discrete mathematics, probability and statistics, design and analysis of algorithms, and other related courses. I have always loved playing games. Games are great tools for learning to think logically and are a wonderful component of happy family or social life.

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