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August 20, 2012

Losing Tempo

Martin Tompa

It seems as though your coffee hasn’t even had time to cool at the Café Abeles when you find yourself once again in a quandary.

Unseen cards:
A
AK
♣ TK
K

Your cards:

Q
♣ AQJ
A

Trump: J
Stock: 1 face-down card
Game points: Peter 3, You 2
Trick points: Peter 18, You 26
On lead: You

You review the cards you haven’t yet seen and the action so far. There were no marriages shown and no trump exchange. With the low trick point scores, this deal feels exactly like the one you just finished, where it might all come down to winning the last trick. 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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