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July 5, 2014

The Big Trumps

Martin Tompa

You feel quite proud of yourself for keeping up with Uncle Tibor throughout the game, and the score is tied once again. How long can you maintain this level of concentration?

Unseen cards:
K
Q
♣ Q
ATK

Your cards:
A
AJ
♣ T
Q

Trump: J
Stock: 1 face-down card
Game points: Tibor 3, You 3
Trick points: Tibor 39, You 27
On lead: You

Reviewing the cards that remain unseen, it is hard to miss the fact that they include the three big trumps. What will you do about it? When you think you have come up with a good plan, you are welcome to read my analysis.

© 2014 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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