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Columns for September, 2015

A Handful of Losers

Martin Tompa
September 2, 2015

In the second round of the tournament, you continue what feels like an interminable game against the flamboyant champion Katharina. You are beginning to find it difficult to keep your focus, but you know that one lapse could be fatal….

Collector’s Items

Martin Tompa
September 7, 2015

You have just passed Katharina’s game point score in the second round of this tournament, but it could still be anyone’s game. In the middle of the next deal, you are on lead from this position…

The Glass is Slightly Full

Martin Tompa
September 13, 2015

You are close to vanquishing the formidable Katharina in the second round of this tournament. Focus: it’s not time to rest on your laurels quite yet!…

Nothing to Spare

Martin Tompa
September 19, 2015

In this second round of the tournament, you are still 1 game point away from vanquishing the formidable Katharina and moving on to the next round. Meanwhile, she is slowly closing the gap….

Winning Schnapsen

Martin Tompa
September 22, 2015

Judging the Book by its Cover

Martin Tompa
September 27, 2015

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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