Chwech is an unusual game designed by David Parlett specifically to play 6 players well.
Cards A standard 52-card deck plus 2 jokers.
- Aces are normally high but are low when played last to a trick.
- Jokers are normally low but are high when played last to a trick. Jokers are suitless and may be played to any trick, but if a joker is led to a trick, the player must declare its suit.
Objective Play all of your cards, and have the total number of cards you take in tricks be a multiple of 9.
Deal Standard procedure, dealing all of the cards.
The forehand leads the first trick.
Each player must either play a card of the led suit or pass. If they do not have a card of the led suit, they must pass, but they may also choose to pass even if they hold a playable card. Because of this, a trick may contain anywhere from 1 to 6 cards.
The player who played the highest ranked card wins the trick, collecting all of the cards. Cards that a player takes are displayed, face down, in front of them so that everyone can see how many cards they’ve taken.
The player who won the trick has the option to lead the next trick. If they decide not to lead, the player to their left has the same choice. Players who pass on leading are not allowed to play to the trick when it is eventually led, but they may play to the following trick. If everyone at the table chooses not to lead, the hand ends immediately.
The hand ends after a trick is won wherein one or more players played their final card.
Each players’ score is based on the product of the number of cards they played (9 minus the number of cards remaining in their hand) and the number of cards they took in tricks.
If the number of cards a player took is a multiple of 9, including 0, then they score 9 times the number of cards they played.
Otherwise, they score the number of cards they played times the difference between the number of cards they took and the nearest, lower multiple of 9 to that number.
For example, if a player played 6 cards and took 3, they’d score 18 points. If another player played 8 cards and took 19, they’d only score 8 points because the difference between 19 and the nearest, lower multiple of 9 is 1.
Play 6 hands. The player with the highest score wins.