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Columns for March, 2013

To the Brave Go the Spoils

Martin Tompa
March 7, 2013

A warm fire, a piece of Linzertorte, coffee capped with whipped cream, a good friend across the table, and cards. Does life get any better?

“Hey, daydreamer,” Peter interrupts your pleasant thoughts. “It’s your lead.” You look down and recall the position you’re in…

A Multitude of Options

Martin Tompa
March 12, 2013

Back by the roaring fire in the Café Abeles, you’re on to the next deal. Your last desperation play didn’t succeed, as you might have expected. Your good buddy Peter won 2 game points and is now just 1 game point from winning….

How Much Do You Trust to Chance?

Martin Tompa
March 27, 2013

The battle with your buddy Peter continues. It would be arduous if it weren’t for the Café Abeles’s good supply of coffee and cake….

About the Author

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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