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June 27, 2022

Two Last-Trick Problems

Martin Tompa

Today, as a special bonus for my faithful readers, I’m going to give you two puzzles for the price of one. As another bonus, I will reveal to you that both puzzles have to do with the question of how to win the last trick. The two puzzles bear a lot of similarity to each other, at least on the surface. I made the right play on only one of them when they came up.

Tackle this puzzle first:

Concealed cards:
KJ
AT
♣ A
T

Your cards:

QJ
♣ KQ
Q

Trump: ♣J
Stock: Open, 1 face-down card
Game points: Tibor 1, You 1
Trick points: Tibor 13, You 42
On lead: Tibor

Tibor leads K. When you have made your plan, check it against my solution, and then come back here for the second puzzle.

Here is the second puzzle:

Concealed cards:
K
K
♣ A
AKJ

Your cards:
Q
AJ
♣ K
Q

Trump: ♣Q
Stock: Open, 1 face-down card
Game points: Tibor 1, You 1
Trick points: Tibor 24, You 34
On lead: Tibor

Tibor leads K. When you have a good plan, check it against my solution.

© 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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