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July 27, 2012

As Luck Would Have It

Martin Tompa

Peter’s friend Lore has joined the two of you for a cozy afternoon at your favorite daytime hangout, the Café Abeles. Today’s special is Linzertorte and, of course, lots of hot coffee and cards. You are preoccupied with the fact that you haven’t yet scored a single game point against Lore, though in the back of your mind there is also the concern that Peter will get the last piece of Linzertorte.

Unseen cards:
J
K
♣ J
TKQ

Your cards:

T
♣ TK
AJ

Trump: A
Stock: 1 face-down card
Game points: Lore 3, You 7
Trick points: Lore 41, You 46
On lead: Lore

With no hesitation Lore pulls out the marriage to show you, returns the king to her hand, leads Q, and goes back to her Linzertorte. 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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