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 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?…
June 20, 2014
Your game with Uncle Tibor continues to be quite close. Just a few deals later you find yourself embroiled in another interesting position….
Make a Wish
June 19, 2014
The family has again gathered at your house for coffee, cake, and cards. With the eating out of the way, you have taken to the Schnapsen table with Uncle Tibor while assorted relatives look on. In the very first deal you find yourself in an interesting position….