The British Skat Association

The British Skat Association exists to promote the playing of Skat in Britain.

What is Skat?

Skat is a card game for three or four players. Its rules are given (in English) at, which describes four forms of skat:

David Parlett's Germany's national card game is an excellent account of skat. The official rules of German skat are governed by the Deutsche Skat-Gericht, which has codified them in the Internationale Skatordnung. This site provides an English-language version of the skatordnung, translated from German by David Parlett.

About the British
Skat Association

The British Skat Association was founded early in 2001. It hopes to affiliate to the International Skat Players Association.

Office-holders are:   President   David Parlett
 SecretaryJohn McLeod
 TreasurerNick Wedd
Other members of the committee:       Mike Tobias

How to Join

It is free to join the British Skat Association: just send an email to Mike Tobias at, giving your name and contact details. You may also choose to join its mailing list. This map shows where most people connected with the British Skat Association live.

Formal Events

DatePlaceFormatDirectorfurther information
JulyOn-line Mike TobiasDetails
Saturday September 19thLancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, W2 3QH
Sunday November 15thLancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, W2 3QH

and likewise in future years: the third Saturdays in January, May and September, and the third Sundays in March, July and November.

The past results of these events are listed.

Social meetings

We hold evenings of social Skat once a month, in the upstairs room of The Shipwrights Arms, 88 Tooley St, London Bridge, SE1 2TF. These start at 19:00 (though there is no problem if you arrive later), on the first Wednesday of every month. We are grateful to Swiggers Games Club for accommodating us there.

This is just a regular place to meet and play Skat, completely informal, just turn up and play, with whatever variations each table agrees on. Don't worry if you can't be there for 7 o'clock, arrive when you can. The Shipwrights serves pub food, and six real ales.

Skat servers

and other links
Some skat servers, allowing you to play skat on the internet.

The British Skat Association runs informal weekly skat sessions on the "play OK" games server (formerly "Kurnik").


The British Skat Association calculates ratings for its players, from the results of the Synchron Skat events that it runs. See a description of how the rating system works, graph of current ratings, and an Excel spreadsheet which drew the graphs. Updated 2020-01-18

Mailing List and Bulletin Board

The British Skat Association has a mailing list for sending announcements to all members. You can read public postings to the list without registering. To post your own contributions, you will need to register with the list administrator.

It also has a discussion forum, with sections on "General news and discussion", "Skat strategy and tactics", and "Tournament results", which anyone can read, and which you can post to once you have registered.

Skat cards

We no longer sell Skat packs. The increased cost of postage (mailing) makes it uneconomic.


We have a page of software resources for running Skat tournaments, which may be freely downloaded and used.

Web site

If you have any comments on this web site, please contact the British Skat Association treasurer.

This page is hosted at