Card Game: "Svoi Kozyri" and "Voz"
- When I was growing up in North America, my late grandfather,
originally from Belarus, taught us the card game Voz. I forgot the
rules, but yesterday I ran into a site on the internet that explained
the rules to a Russian card game known as "Svoi Kozyri" ("One's own
trumps"), which is the game my grandfather called Voz.
The web rules acknowledge that there are variants of the game in
regards to the number of cards that must be picked up if an
opponent's card can't be beat. My grandfather's version was different
from the web version in that a person who could not beat an
opponent's card always had to pick up the whole pile, in contrast to
the web rules where the whole or less than the whole pile needed to
be picked up, depending on the circumstances.)
Has anyone else ever heard of this game being referred to as Voz?
- It is very similar to the game we call "Durak" (or, "The Idiot", "The Stupid
One"). We played it either with a 36-card or a 52-card deck, with slightly
different rules for each deck. The pile would be cleared after each play,
either by being discarded or by having the player pick it up if he couldn't
"beat" it. A variant called "Podkidnoi Durak" ("Throw-in Idiot") has the
additional variation that all players can add their cards to the attacker's,
but only to match the number of cards the defender holds. The loser is "the
idiot," or in proper terms, he "is left the idiot." As I played often with my
parents, I couldn't say that, of course, so we had to shorten the expression
"he/she is left [behind]".
It's a fun game, it does involve a little bit of strategy, but mostly it's
fast-paced and straightforward. If we played with a 52-card deck, we could
have more than 4 players.
Of course, these are not period games.
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