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September 2, 2022

Sidestep a Few Landmines

Martin Tompa

The game against your Uncle Tibor continues.

Concealed cards:
A
AQ
♣ Q
KQ

Your cards:

TJ
♣ AK
A

Trump: J
Stock: Open, 1 face-down card
Game points: Tibor 4, You 4
Trick points: Tibor 20, You 25
On lead: You

You know one of Uncle Tibor’s cards, because he exchanged J for A earlier. Trick point scores are still quite low. How should you proceed? When you have come up with a good plan, check it against my solution.

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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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