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August 15, 2013

Resource Stewardship

Martin Tompa

“Well, my dears,” your clever Uncle Hans says from the kibitzer’s seat, “this game has been most exciting. But in a few more tricks it will have to end, one way or the other. I wish you both good cards.” And here are the good cards you see when you look back at your hand:

Emmi: (31 points)

T
♣ AKQ
J

You: (22 points)

Q
♣ T
ATQ

Trump:
Stock: Exhausted
Game points: Emmi 1, You 1
On lead: You

With one game point left for each of you, Uncle Hans is right that the game can only last a few more tricks. Take your time, though. When you think you have come up with 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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