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December 26, 2019

Planning To Win the Last Trick

Martin Tompa

In the very next hand you are faced with another instance of perfect information, where the stock is exhausted and you know exactly what cards Tibor has left in his hand.

Tibor: (32 points)

J
♣ J
AKJ

You: (36 points)
K
T
♣ K
TQ

Trump:
Stock: Exhausted
Game points: Tibor 2, You 4
On lead: You

No marriages have been declared, and the trick point scores are close, which suggests that this one may come down to winning the last trick. Yet whatever sequence you imagine seems to end up handing Tibor the win. When you think you have the winning sequence, you are welcome to read my analysis.

© 2019 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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