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Columns for July, 2013

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Martin Tompa
July 5, 2013

“Well then, Emmi,” your clever Uncle Hans says to your sister, “after that last deal, it seems to be your turn now for retribution. Show us what you’ve got.” After the first few tricks, you find yourself in this endgame…

Measure Twice, Act Once

Martin Tompa
July 10, 2013

The whole family has taken a mid-afternoon break for coffee, cake, and camaraderie. Nourished and refreshed, you and Emmi return to the card table to finish the game. In the very first deal, you find yourself in this position…

By the Process of Elimination

Martin Tompa
July 21, 2013

“This has turned into a very tight competition, my dears,” your clever Uncle Hans says. “It’s very exciting to watch! Let’s see which of you can pull out the victory.”

With the avuncular pressure on, you find yourself in the following position, awkward as ever…

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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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