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Columns for August, 2015

An Ounce of Prevention

Martin Tompa
August 11, 2015

In a regional tournament, you have survived nearly to the end of round 1 when you find yourself pitted against Katharina, whom you know to be an intimidating opponent. On her head she sports another of her outlandish hats, with vegetation and fruits sprouting out at impossible angles….

A Second Ounce of Prevention

Martin Tompa
August 15, 2015

You have advanced to round 2 of the regional tournament. After a few other opponents, you are pitted once again against Katharina. This is the situation in the very first deal…

On Lead

Martin Tompa
August 19, 2015

In the very next deal of the tournament you find yourself on lead in the following situation…

Rote Behavior

Martin Tompa
August 23, 2015

You have pulled slightly ahead of the masterful Katharina in round 2 of the tournament. The next deal finds you on lead in this position…

The Best of All Worlds

Martin Tompa
August 28, 2015

Unfortunately, you got unlucky in the previous deal and Katharina picked up 2 more game points. This put her slightly ahead of you again. And then the next deal finds you in this position…

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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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