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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.

Judging the Book by its Cover

Martin Tompa
September 27, 2015

Winning Schnapsen

Martin Tompa
September 22, 2015

Nothing to Spare

Martin Tompa
September 19, 2015

In this second round of the tournament, you are still 1 game point away from vanquishing the formidable Katharina and moving on to the next round. Meanwhile, she is slowly closing the gap….

About the Author

Martin Tompa

Martin Tompa (

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.

Read about Winning Schnapsen, the very first and definitive book on the winning strategy for this fascinating game. Big discount going on right now.


Getting Started

Links for Schnapsen and Sixty-Six

Links in German

Links in Hungarian

Recent Columns

Judging the Book by its Cover, Sep 27
Winning Schnapsen, Sep 22
Nothing to Spare, Sep 19
The Glass is Slightly Full, Sep 13
Collector's Items, Sep 7
A Handful of Losers, Sep 2