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.
March 25, 2017
You have begun another game against Uncle Tibor. In the very first hand, you reach a point where some thought seems required….
March 4, 2017
Your game against Uncle Tibor must draw to a close with this deal, because the game point score is now tied 1:1….
February 10, 2017
The game against your dangerous Uncle Tibor continues, with your clever Uncle Hans looking on. After the earlier disastrous deal that left you behind with the game point scores 1:4, you scored 2 game points on the next one, bringing both of you within striking distance of winning the whole game. One deal later, you find yourself in the following position…