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October 8, 2019

How To Open a Suit

Martin Tompa

Here is another instance of perfect information, where the stock is exhausted and, because you have been keeping such good track of what cards have been played, you know exactly what cards Tibor has left in his hand. Such cases should be easy to play perfectly, right?

Tibor: (42 points)
TQ
T
♣ Q
J

You: (27 points)
AKJ

♣ KJ

Trump:
Stock: Exhausted
Game points: Tibor 2, You 5
On lead: Tibor

Tibor leads J. You have no choice but to trump his lead, and then it looks as though you will have to open up the spade suit. When you have made your plan, you are welcome to read my analysis.

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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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