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May 16, 2012

Forcing the Issue

Martin Tompa

It’s raining outside, but you and your good buddy Peter are warm and dry, back inside the Café Abeles. You have a steaming cup of coffee, a piece of delicious Topfentorte, and the cards are dealt out. Life is good.

Unseen cards:

TK
♣ A
TQJ

Your cards:
T
Q
♣ T
AK

Trump: J
Stock: 1 face-down card
Game points: Peter 3, You 3
Trick points: Peter 31, You 29
On lead: Peter

Peter puts down his hand, has a bite of cake, washes it down with a slurp of his coffee, looks back at his hand, thinks some more, closes the stock, and leads J. Plan the 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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