It came up in some discussions today about an old card game called "Svick" that was played about 35 years ago. We can't really remember how this game was played, or all the rules to it, so I took on the job of trying to find out more about it. Unfortunately, Google cannot find anything (And autocorrects it to "Stick") beside a single reference of the game. We are unsure if the game is a Czech game, or from somewhere else.

Here it is: https://www.tributearchive.com/obituaries/19962741/Donald-Donnie-Klanecky https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/theindependent/name/donald-klanecky-obituary?pid=197769817

If anyone knows of the game, would they be able to provide information, or even a webpage about it?

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    Any additional details would be help. For example, is it played with a 52-card deck? If there are details in the link, please edit your question to include any important quotations.
    – ryanyuyu
    Jun 27 at 21:18
  • I haven't been able to find anything more than corroboration that it is actually a game... montanaroue.com/2017/11/oh-games-people-play.html?m=1
    – LeppyR64
    Jun 28 at 11:28

I'm a native Czech speaker and I quite like card games, but I can't say I ever heard of a card game called "Svick". I also can't find anything on Czech sites about it either.

I would assume that most likely the name was slightly corrupted over time due to the person and their family living in the US and presumably having limited contact with native Czech speakers. That can and has happened. E.g. see kolache, which is a Czech plural turned English singular from the Czech word koláče.

If we go with that assumption, then I think the two most likely candidates are the card games Švindl and Svršky. Both of them start with "Sv" and have only one more character than "Svick" has.

But ultimately, it's hard to tell which one of the two it is or if it's a completely different card game without knowing anything about the card game other than a name that doesn't give any results on Google.


A shot in the dark, but there's a Dutch card game, which is pronounced similarly, called zwikken. It's a trick-taking game with a betting element. Here is a machine translation of the rules. If it's definitely the game you're looking for (or close), I can do a manual translation and add it to English Wikipedia. For what it's worth, I've never played the game myself, but I friend of mine did, and he would be able to elaborate the rules.

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