The origins of klaverjassen – one of the most popular and appreciated card games in the world – go back to the 1890s, when the game was invented by the Dutch. The game was beloved and deeply appreciated not only by the Dutch, but by almost all European nations.
Due to the enormous popularity, klaverjassen went out family plays and went to social clubs, pubs and cafes, where anyone can enjoy it.
Today, if you don’t have any idea what to do in the evening to get some rest in Netherlands, set your feet towards any café. It doesn’t matter what café you choose, you will surely find a company of players to spend a pleasant evening over klaverjassen.
Even if you don’t know how to play klaverjassen, this is not a problem, as its rules are simple enough to remember. Only a few plays will make you a klaverjassen savvy.
The Rules: As Simple As Possible
Klaverjassen is a trick-taking card game, which means that the game centers on a number of finite rounds, called tricks. Obviously, the more tricks are won by the player, the more points he or she gets. The amount of points usually is calculated in two ways:
1. A trick won gives a certain amount of points
2. A card that won a trick is estimated in a certain amount of points
The cards are dealt by the dealer, and the game is played clockwise, which means the first one to open the suit is the first player to the left of the dealer. Then the suit is followed by the second player on the left from the dealer.
Usually klaverjassen has 16 rounds of play, but this number can be easily changed due to the wish of the players. Therefore, today the amount of klaverjassen varieties is almost uncountable. However, there are two major varieties, named Rotterdam klaverjassen and Amsterdam klaverjassen.
These varieties are different mostly in the rules of using trumps. Rotterdam klaverjassen allows to use trumps anytime needed, while Amsterdam klaverjassen limits the use of trumps very tightly.
Klaverjassen is played in pairs, so besides enjoying a play, everyone gets a chance to get to know each other better. As a result, an evening spent on klaverjassen can be remembered not by the amount of victories or fails, but by the new facts discovered, fresh news discussed and gossips heard.