The Schnapsen Log
The Schnapsen Log is a series about the card game Schnapsen, and how to play it like a master. Schnapsen is the national card game of Austria and Hungary. It is very similar to the German game Sechsundsechzig (Sixty-six). These games are popular throughout Europe, where they go by various regional names, including Snapszer, Snapszli, Hatvanhat, Mariagen-Spiel, Mariáš, Santase, Tute, and Exinta-exi. Schnapsen is easy to learn, requires only one other willing player (or a computer program, always willing), is quick and fun to play, and is full of interesting strategy.
My goal in this series is to teach you everything you need to know about the strategy for winning Schnapsen. I will present thought-provoking situations that arise commonly in Schnapsen, in a manner very similar to the daily newspaper’s bridge or chess columns. Here are a few of the most recent columns. Check out the archives for older columns.
Point of Order
December 1, 2014
It is a crystal clear Sunday afternoon and that means all your relatives are once again visiting. And, once again, you are sitting across the card table from your favorite Uncle Tibor, wrapped up in your favorite game. So far, Tibor has gotten the best of it….
A Tangled Web
July 31, 2014
“It is always the best policy to speak the truth — unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.” —Jerome K. Jerome
You are playing in the finals of the Austrian National Schnapsen Championship. Your opponent is Katharina, the reigning Schnapsen champion, and this game is as close as can be. A crowd of players has gathered around your table….
The Big Trumps
July 5, 2014
You feel quite proud of yourself for keeping up with Uncle Tibor throughout the game, and the score is tied once again. How long can you maintain this level of concentration?…