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June 25, 2013

Trumpless

Martin Tompa

“Your sister Emmi has been getting the better of you today,” declares Uncle Hans. “Let’s see if you can do anything about it.”

Unseen cards:
K
K
♣ AKJ
J

Your cards:
AQJ

♣ TQ

Trump: J
Stock: 1 face-down card
Game points: Emmi 3, You 6
Trick points: Emmi 20, You 42
On lead: You

You have run out of trump and there isn’t a sure trick in your hand. What do you do? 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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