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September 7, 2015

Collector’s Items

Martin Tompa

You have just passed Katharina’s game point score in the second round of this tournament, but it could still be anyone’s game. In the middle of the next deal, you are on lead from this position:

Concealed cards:
ATK
A
♣ TK

Your cards:

TQ
♣ AQJ

Trump: J
Stock: 1 face-down card
Game points: Katharina 4, You 3
Trick points: Katharina 14, You 25
On lead: You

You are missing the master trump and it doesn’t look as if you will be able to run your club suit. How would you proceed? When you think you have a good plan, you are welcome to read my analysis.

© 2015 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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