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December 15, 2012

Postponing Defeat

Martin Tompa

We’re back in your house, continuing the epic battle against your sister Emmi. Your clever Uncle Hans looks on expectantly as you consider your next predicament.

Unseen cards:
AT
KQ
♣ J
J

Your cards:
J
J
♣ —
ATQ

Trump: K
Stock: 1 face-down card
Game points: Emmi 2, You 5
Trick points: Emmi 55, You 21
On lead: You

You find yourself fretting about how close Emmi is to 66 trick points and what you’re going to do with those two miserable jacks. Instead of worrying, calm down and plan your play of the rest of this deal. Once you’ve made a 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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