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February 16, 2013

On a Wing and a Prayer

Martin Tompa

You are wrapped in the warmth of the Café Abeles, on your second steaming cup of Kaffee mit Schlag, playing against your good buddy Peter. Your have only one care in the world: playing you cards in the best order possible. Here is your position:

Unseen cards:
KJ
AQ
♣ —
KQ

Your cards:

J
♣ ATK
A

Trump: J
Stock: 1 face-down card
Game points: Peter 5, You 2
Trick points: Peter 46, You 47
On lead: You

Both you and Peter are within striking distance of 66. What do you think of your prospects? Plan your play. When you think you have the best plan, you are welcome to read my analysis.

© 2013 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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