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Winning Schnapsen: From Card Play Basics to Expert Strategy Paperback – September 22, 2015
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About the Author
Martin Tompa is a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and an Adjunct Professor of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. He teaches courses on discrete mathematics, probability and statistics, design and analysis of algorithms, and other related topics. Outside of work he plays cards as often as possible.
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a note on the name of the game- I've seen a lot of people attribute Schnapsen with "Schnaps," (alcohol), but I think the origin goes back to the verb "schnappen", "to snatch, or snap at the bait." Maybe when the game got hot & heavy, there was a lot of snatching at the tricks on the table. Besides, the plural of "Schnaps" would have an umlaut over the "a" (Schnäpse) and adding an "N" to the end of the word would indicate the dative case, not the nominative. just my opinion...
I'd like to find some doppeldeutsch cards to play this for realz; anyone know where to find them in the states?
successful play of Schnapsen. No prior knowledge of the game is necessary to
read the book. Using examples from real game situations, there is discussion of
different aspects of the strategy, from basic techniques such as trump control
in the endgame to throw-in, expected gain, and discarding valuable cards to
deceive the opponent. The final chapter contains examples from all the
previously discussed areas of strategy, embedded in stories from the family
history of the author's father from the interwar period to emigration during
the Second World War. The detailed and thorough analyses will definitely help
to improve your game. If you want to learn Schnapsen or are already a
passionate player, this is the book to get!
I'll say it here: Schnapsen contains the most Bridge-like feel of any two-player card game (with the possible exception of Piquet). And by that I mean it has much of the intricate depth in the play of the cards and all of the excitement (if not more). Martin Tompa's book marvelously plumbs all of the depth and variety the game offers. Reading it is the only way to reach the absolute pinnacle of expert play. One of the reasons why Bridge is so great is due to the enormous literature of very high quality that has accreted around it. Tompa begins this process for Schnapsen. Most bridge books employ the wonderfully entertaining formula of light anecdote followed by a fascinating hand and analysis. Tompa's book does the same, keeping the reader's interest alive and always ready to go on to the next hand. This is no light reading; however, as the hands can be very challenging--but the author's anaysis never fails to fully clarify the situation and explain the logic behind the proper plays.
Due to the excellence of this book, one hopes that the author will soon turn his attention to the other great two player card games that suffer neglect in the USA, perhaps the aforementioned Klabberjass, or the Russian game Durak.