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September 14, 2012

Taking the Initiative

Martin Tompa

You are really enjoying this battle against Lore at the Café Abeles. Under ordinary circumstances you are outmatched by her, but today you are focused and maybe also just a little lucky. That combination has put you ahead of her in both game points and trick points.

Lore: (20 points)
A
KJ
♣ A
K

You: (30 points)
K
ATQ
♣ T

Trump:
Stock: Exhausted
Game points: Lore 5, You 2
On lead: You

The stock is exhausted and you review Lore’s remaining cards in your mind. How will you proceed? 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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