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The Schnapsen Log

March 7, 2013

To the Brave Go the Spoils

Martin Tompa

A warm fire, a piece of Linzertorte, coffee capped with whipped cream, a good friend across the table, and cards. Does life get any better?

“Hey, daydreamer,” Peter interrupts your pleasant thoughts. “It’s your lead.” You look down and recall the position you’re in:

Unseen cards:
AK
K
♣ AKQ

Your cards:
TJ
T
♣ —
TJ

Trump: Q
Stock: 1 face-down card
Game points: Peter 3, You 6
Trick points: Peter 37, You 29
On lead: You

This is one of those situations when being on lead is awkward. What’s your plan? When you think you have a good one, 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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