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February 20, 2013

An Unusual Capture

Martin Tompa

The first game against your buddy Peter in the warmth and comfort of the Café Abeles is nearing its conclusion. You find yourself on lead in the following position:

Unseen cards:
K
TKJ
♣ A
J

Your cards:
A
AQ
♣ K
A

Trump: K
Stock: 1 face-down card
Game points: Peter 4, You 2
Trick points: Peter 20, You 23
On lead: You

What do you think of your prospects this time? Plan your play. When you think you have arrived at a good 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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