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September 4, 2019

The Horns of a Dilemma

Martin Tompa

Another game against Uncle Tibor is close to its end when you reach this interesting position:

Concealed cards:

ATQ
♣ A
TQ

Your cards:
Q
K
♣ —
AKJ

Trump: J
Stock: 1 face-down card
Game points: Tibor 2, You 1
Trick points: Tibor 13, You 33
On lead: You

No marriages have been declared. You have the trick point advantage and trump control. It’s your move. When you have come up with a good plan, you are welcome to read my analysis.

© 2019 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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