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.
The Best of All Worlds
August 28, 2015
Unfortunately, you got unlucky in the previous deal and Katharina picked up 2 more game points. This put her slightly ahead of you again. And then the next deal finds you in this position…
August 23, 2015
You have pulled slightly ahead of the masterful Katharina in round 2 of the tournament. The next deal finds you on lead in this position…
August 19, 2015
In the very next deal of the tournament you find yourself on lead in the following situation…