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September 19, 2015

Nothing to Spare

Martin Tompa

In this second round of the tournament, you are still 1 game point away from vanquishing the formidable Katharina and moving on to the next round. Meanwhile, she is slowly closing the gap.

Concealed cards:
AQ
TJ
♣ KJ

Your cards:
TJ
AKQ
♣ —

Trump: J
Stock: 1 face-down card
Game points: Katharina 3, You 1
Trick points: Katharina 28, You 28
On lead: Katharina

It’s a close game, with the trick point score exactly tied. Katharina ponders for a few moments and then leads ♣K. You have no card you feel you can spare from your hand. What are you going to do? 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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