The fast, dynamic Rummy version Chinchón is a Spanish card game for 2 people, which is also very popular in South America and the Cape Verde Islands.
The aim of this entertaining game is to form meaningful combinations (sets or sequences) from your hand of cards in order to then lay them - and be faster than your opponent. Laying cards (‘closing’) is only possible if you can lay a minimum of 6 cards and after discarding a card to the discard pile, still have a maximum of 3 points in your hand.
Keep the overview, combine your cards skills and win the game!
You can find details on multiplayer versions here: How do multiplayer games work? In the lobby you can select under Settings whether you want to play with a French or Spanish hand.
You can open up a game round by clicking on the button ‘New Game’. You decide who is allowed to play on the table, how high the stakes are and the length of the game. Should you select 1, one game will be played, if you select 50, the game will be played for up to 50 points. Of course you can also join a round already opened by another player.
You can see at the bottom of the playing field which player's turn it is. The display at the right side of the gaming table will show whose turn it is, the remaining time to take your turn, the maximum number of points which were agreed as well as the stake and your credit. You can chat with your fellow players via the chat function.
The game is played with a set of 40 Spanish cards or with a French set of 52 cards without Eights, Nines or Tens. The order of the cards is Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Jack, Queen, King. Players are dealt 7 cards at the beginning of each game, the remaining cards form the stock pile. One card will be displayed face-up and forms the discard pile.
To be able to lay off cards you need to create certain combinations of cards, which you can lay in front of you as groups. You distinguish between sets (3 or 4 cards of the same value but different suits, e.g. 3 Sixes and sequences (at least 3 cards of the same suit in sequential value, e.g. Two of Clubs, Three of Clubs and Four of Clubs). The Ace of Diamonds is the joker and can replace any card. You can only lay the remaining Aces as a set or at the lower end of a sequence.
You can view your own cards at the bottom edge of the playing field. You can pick up from both the stack with the face up cards as well as from the stack with the face down cards. To do this you simply click on the desired pile and the top card is transferred to your cards. To place one of your cards on the discard pile, you click on the desired card or drag & drop onto the discard pile.
With drag & drop you can reorder your cards at any time - even if it’s not your turn. If you land a set or a sequence these cards will be covered by a blue bar. If you are able to lay cards (that means if after discarding a card to the discard pile you still have a maximum of 3 points on your hand) the button 'Closing' will be displayed on the playing field. If you click on this button your combinations will be automatically layed out in front of you.
A Chinchónis a sequence of 7 cards without a joker which ends the game immediately.
End of the Game
As soon as a player has clicked the button 'Closing' and his combinations are layed out in the centre of the playing field the button 'Laying Out' appears for the opponent. If you click this button your sets and sequences will be layed out and your matching cards will be added to the groups of your opponent.
The player who reaches the agreed point score (penalty points) first loses.
You can reorder your cards once more before you click the button 'Laying Out'. This is particularly helpful if you have a joker on your hand and you can add your cards to your opponent's groups, which means you have less remaining points.
Scoring / Points
The cards that the players still have on their hand after knocking and laying are called ‘deadwood' and will be displayed as plus points. To calculate the score face cards count as ten points, Aces one point and the score cards 2 to 9 are their face value. If you still have the joker (Ace of Diamonds) you will receive 25 penalty points.
The player who finishes the game and lays down all 7 cards without placing a card on the discard pile receives 10 penalty points. If a player compiles 7 cards in a row he receives 25 penalty points.
The player who reaches the agreed point score first loses the game. In case of a Chinchón the game ends immediately and the relevant player has won.