Schnapsen Log Archives
Columns for October, 2015
To Close or Not To Close
October 6, 2015
My friend Jeff showed me a very interesting hand he’d been dealt recently, and we spent quite some time analyzing it. Here’s the hand….
When to Strike
October 15, 2015
You have progressed, admittedly struggling, to the third round of this regional tournament by beating Katharina and others in the second. You are now pitted against Rudi, a musician that you don’t know very well. After the first few deals, you find yourself in this position…
Homework on Expected Values
October 24, 2015
I am once again teaching a course on Probability and Statistics, using Schnapsen as a running example of applications of Probability. It’s been fun teaching Schnapsen to a large group of students who had never encountered it before.
In the course, we are just up to the topic of expected value now, so it seems appropriate to give them a homework exercise that involves expected game points. Today’s column is that homework exercise. This means that I won’t be posting my analysis until one week from now, when the homework will be due. A similar homework exercise appeared as a column last January.
You have just started a new game against the Maestro. On the very first deal, you reach the following interesting position…