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August 2, 2012

Make a Virtue of Necessity

Martin Tompa

The cake is gone, the coffee is refilled and steaming, and Peter still sits across from you at the Café Abeles, with Lore kibitzing. You couldn’t be more content. You and Peter have each shown a marriage and the trick point score is dead even.

Peter: (46 points)
A

♣ TK
TJ

You: (46 points)
TQ
K
♣ —
AQ

Trump:
Stock: Exhausted
Game points: Peter 3, You 4
On lead: You

What do you do now? This is no time to let your mind wander. 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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