Gottfried Egg

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Gottfried “Göpf” Egg (born December 8, 1921 in Winterthur ; † February 4, 2010 there ) was a Swiss Jass expert and the inventor of prize-winning. He organized numerous Swiss and European championships. What is less well known is that Göpf Egg was also active as a handball player in the past, making 30 international matches.


Gottfried Egg was born on December 8, 1921, the son of a textile merchant. He began to play handball at an early age, became goalkeeper of the first team at Pfadi Winterthur and played around 30 international matches with the Swiss national handball team . He was also involved in founding the Swiss Handball Federation .

After the early death of his father in 1947, he took over the management of his textile company and often went to Jassen on his business trips. In the 1950s he wrote a Jass column for a newspaper in Winterthur. In 1965 Göpf Egg and Kurt Felix had their first discussions about a Jass program on Swiss television. It took until 1969 for a concept to be worked out and the first TV-Jass program “Stöck - Wys - Stich” to be shown on Swiss screens. Due to a mistake by Göpf Egg that was denounced by Blick - he forgot to show a trefoil from the ace of clubs - the program quickly gained high popularity. In the same year, the first edition of “Puur, Näll, As” was published and Egg hosted the first Swiss Jass Championships (31,000 participants). "Stöck - Wys - Stich" ran 52 times up to 1971. In 1971 he decided to only earn his living with Jassen.

The "Stöck - Wys - Stich", which was discontinued in 1971, was replaced by " Samschtig-Jass " in 1975 : Jürg Randegger moderated several rounds of Jass in the "Differential". Egg was also the initiator of the first women's Jass championship in 1975. From 1977 to 1991 he was the organizer of a total of 227 Jass and hiking holidays in the Hotel Brocco Posta in San Bernardino and also organized other Jass boat trips and holidays. From 1978 he was a course instructor for Jassen at the Migros Club School in Zurich-Oerlikon , a position he held until 1987. In 1984 he was the organizer of the first European Jass Championships in Bregenz ( Austria ). A few days after his 80th birthday, a "Göpf-Egg-Jass" was introduced in Winterthur with prominent players such as Winterthur's newly elected mayor Ernst Wohlwend , National Councilor Jürg Stahl , musician Peach Weber , the ventriloquist Urs Kliby or the duo from Cabaret Rotstift .

Göpf Egg was referee in the "Samschtig-Jass" from 1975 to 1990 for a total of 227 issues of the program, and from 1984 to 1988 in the same function in the "Wednesday Jass". Each of these programs ended with a little sketch with the cabaret red pencil, in which an unclear Jass situation was described in a funny way. Göpf Egg then explained objectively how the dispute could be resolved according to official rules. Because of his clear explanations, over the years he was known as the “Jass King” or even as the “Jass Pope”. Every Sunday from ten to twelve o'clock, Egg answered Jass questions on the phone during this time; between 50 and 80 inquiries were recorded per Sunday. He was replaced as referee by Ernst Marti.

Göpf Egg is the author of the book "Puur, Näll, As: Officielles Schweizer Jassreglement", in which 70 different Jass variants are dealt with fairly conclusively. It is considered a standard work by many Jassers. The tenth edition was published in 2016.

Göpf Egg died on February 4, 2010 at the age of 88 in his parents' house in Winterthur. He leaves behind his wife Elisabeth, with whom he was married for 59 years, and two children.


  • Göpf Egg, Albert Hagenbucher: Puur, Näll, Ass: Official Swiss Jass Regulations . 10th edition. AGM, Neuhausen am Rheinfall 2016, ISBN 978-3-905219-96-8 .

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Individual evidence

  1. Egg Gottfried, "Göpf", Jass- "Pope". 1921–2010 in the Winterthur Glossary.
  2. ^ A b Marc Leutenegger: Göpf Egg is a Swiss original . In: The Landbote . February 6, 2010, p. 11 .
  3. a b Göpf Egg, Albert Hagenbucher: Puur, Näll, As: Official Swiss Jass Regulations . 9th edition. AGM, Neuhausen am Rheinfall 2007, ISBN 3-905219-96-4 , p. 11-13 .
  4. ^ Göpf Egg, Albert Hagenbucher: Puur, Näll, As: Official Swiss Jass Regulations . 9th edition. AGM, Neuhausen am Rheinfall 2007, ISBN 3-905219-96-4 , p. 204 .