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The Schnapsen Log

October 14, 2012

Intuition

Martin Tompa

At the Black Eagle Club, you are embroiled in the next match against the flamboyant and brilliant champion Katharina.

Unseen cards:
ATK
AK
♣ K

Your cards:

TQ
♣ AQ
K

Trump: ♣J
Stock: 1 face-down card
Game points: Katharina 3, You 6
Trick points: Katharina 25, You 18
On lead: Katharina

The trick point scores are surprisingly low for this stage of the deal. After some thought, Katharina leads T. 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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