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Columns for June, 2012

Close Call

Martin Tompa
June 7, 2012

It’s the very next deal against your archrival Itell Reding at the weekly Black Eagle tournament. Itell needs just one more game point to knock you out of the tournament. The previous deal closed the gap a bit, but there is still lots of work to be done before you can relax. Itell remains his usual cocky and patronizing self as you find yourself in this position with the stock nearly exhausted…

Get Out of the Way

Martin Tompa
June 19, 2012

The competition with your archrival Itell Reding continues at the Black Eagle Club’s weekly tournament. Can you close the gap further in this critical game against him? The pressure is starting to get to you, and he still looks as calm as if he were already the winner….

Desperate Straits

Martin Tompa
June 25, 2012

And it’s on to the very next deal against your arch-enemy Itell Reding at the Black Eagle Club’s weekly tournament. Is there to be no end to this single match? You are having some trouble holding it together….

The Finish Line

Martin Tompa
June 30, 2012

It’s been a long and grueling tournament against your archrival Itell Reding, but you’re nearly at its end. You’ve clawed your way up from a score of 6 game points vs. Itell’s 1 and, in four successive deals, have made it to a tie score of 1 game point each. This is the last deal against him. Whoever wins this one sends the other home, and goes on to the final tournament rounds….

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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