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September 30, 2017

Gamble

Martin Tompa

The game against your very dangerous opponent Uncle Tibor has drawn near to its end, with Uncle Hans watching all the action over your shoulder. Though it is clear to all of you that Tibor is the better player, you have kept the score very close, and are now just 1 game point behind Tibor.

Concealed cards:

T
♣ AKJ
TK

Your cards:
K
AJ
♣ T
A

Trump: J
Stock: 1 face-down card
Game points: Tibor 1, You 2
Trick points: Tibor 11, You 48
On lead: You

There has been no trump exchange. Thanks to a spade marriage you declared earlier, you are getting close to 66. You know that Tibor only has 11 trick points, and realize that you have a chance to score 2 game points this deal and win the entire game. But take one wrong step and Tibor will win the game. This is a real nail-biting situation. When you have a plan, you are welcome to read my analysis.

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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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