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The Chop

  • In Hanabi, players discard when they have nothing else to do (or when the team is out of clues).
  • The right-most unclued card in a player's hand is called their "chop" card.
    • This is a metaphor of a card being "on the chopping block".
  • When a player needs to discard, they should discard their chop card. This way, everyone discards in a predictable way.

Without Clues#

  • In the example below:
    • Alice's chop card is the red 5 (on slot 5).
    • Bob's chop card is the red 3 (on slot 5).
AliceChopBobChop

With Clues#

  • In the example below:
    • Alice's chop card is the blue 4 (on slot 4), because slot 5 is already clued.
    • Bob's chop card is the blue 3 (on slot 2), because slot 3, slot 4, and slot 5 are already clued.
AliceChopBobChop