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March 27, 2013

How Much Do You Trust to Chance?

Martin Tompa

The battle with your buddy Peter continues. It would be arduous if it weren’t for the Café Abeles’s good supply of coffee and cake.

Unseen cards:
ATQ
TQ
♣ T

Your cards:
J
A
♣ AJ
Q

Trump: J
Stock: 1 face-down card
Game points: Peter 1, You 4
Trick points: Peter 12, You 50
On lead: You

Now this is more to your liking. You picked up 2 game points in the previous deal, and in this deal you’re far ahead in trick points, thanks to the diamond marriage you declared earlier. How do you proceed? When you think you have 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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