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Columns for October, 2012

Anything Else?

Martin Tompa
October 9, 2012

“You are playing as though you can see right through the backs of my cards tonight,” Katharina confides with some surprise in her voice . “Have I been careless about concealing my hand?”…


Martin Tompa
October 14, 2012

At the Black Eagle Club, you are embroiled in the next match against the flamboyant and brilliant champion Katharina….

Where’s the Endplay?

Martin Tompa
October 21, 2012

You seem quite pleased with yourself for avoiding Katharina’s endplay in the previous deal. Let’s just see if you can do it again….

On the Brink of Success

Martin Tompa
October 23, 2012

Your match against the champion Katharina continues. You have done very well tonight, but Katharina seems unflappable. In the very next deal she eyes you coolly, waiting for your move….

Odds and Expectation

Martin Tompa
October 27, 2012

Unfortunately, luck was not with you in that last deal against Katharina in tonight’s tournament. Though you found the play with the best expected gain, the wrong card was face-down in the stock. As a result, Katharina is now only 1 game point from winning this match. The pressure is on….

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Martin Tompa

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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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