Developed by Francis Dobbs. Submitted by Philippa Bird .
This version of Bismarck is less cumbersome than the original due to the reduced number of cards required, thus facilitating handling and keeping track of the cards played. The scoring is virtually proportionate to that in the classic version.
For this shorter version of Bismarck, the pack is reduced to 43 cards consisting of Clubs 5 and above and other suits, 4 and above.
Each of three players deals 4 times in succession 13 cards to each player plus 4 more to himself. The dealer decides which 4 of the 17 cards to discard before play begins. Forehand (the player to dealer's left) leads to the first trick. Players must follow suit; if unable they may play any card.
As in 52-card Bismarck, instead of playing the deals in a fixed order, the dealer may be allowed to select which type of deal to play each time, on condition that each dealer must choose each of the four types once during the session.