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April 4, 2022

Grasping at Straws

Martin Tompa

Your game against Uncle Tibor continues.

Concealed cards:
KJ
K
♣ Q
AJ

Your cards:
AQ
TQ
♣ T

Trump: K
Stock: Open, 1 face-down card
Game points: Tibor 4, You 5
Trick points: Tibor 53, You 20
On lead: You

Tibor arrived at his trick point total by declaring the club marriage earlier. The situation looks a bit bleak. When you think you have a good plan, you are welcome to read my analysis.

© 2022 Martin Tompa. All rights reserved.


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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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