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November 2, 2012

Race to the End

Martin Tompa

At the Black Eagle, your formidable opponent Katharina has changed hats for the third time since the tournament started. “How do you like my latest creation?” she inquires. Trying to come up with a polite and semi-truthful reply is distracting you from what should be the focus of your concentration.

Unseen cards:
K
K
♣ AKJ
T

Your cards:
A
A
♣ TQ
J

Trump: J
Stock: 1 face-down card
Game points: Katharina 1, You 3
Trick points: Katharina 21, You 25
On lead: You

Katharina only needs one more game point to win, so stop staring at her hat and plan your play. When you think you have come up with 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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