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October 9, 2012

Anything Else?

Martin Tompa

“You are playing as though you can see right through the backs of my cards tonight,” Katharina confides with some surprise in her voice . “Have I been careless about concealing my hand?”

Unseen cards:
AQ
QJ
♣ K
A

Your cards:
T
AT
♣ —
KJ

Trump: J
Stock: 1 face-down card
Game points: Katharina 4, You 2
Trick points: Katharina 32, You 15
On lead: Katharina

Katharina is well ahead in this deal and determined to recover from her recent losses. Your hand does have potential, though. She considers her own hand and leads A. 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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