Are you prepared to delve into the world of solitaire? This classic single-player game is a breeze to grasp, provided you have a standard deck of playing cards at your disposal. We’ll guide you through setting up and understanding the rules of traditional solitaire, along with introducing some entertaining variations. In just a matter of minutes, you’ll be all set to engage in a game of solitaire with your ultimate competitor—yourself!
Setting Up Classic Solitaire
- Comprehend the Game’s Objective: The goal is to form four piles of cards, one for each suit, arranged in ascending order starting from Ace and concluding with King. These are referred to as foundation piles.
- Begin Building the Layout: Place the first card face up and lay six cards face down beside it. Then, position one card face up on top (slightly overlapping) of the first face-down card and one face-down card on top of the remaining five cards. Continue this pattern so that each pile has one face-up card on top, resulting in a sequence of piles with one card, two cards, three cards, four cards, five cards, six cards, and finally, seven cards.
- Set Aside the Remaining Cards: Create a separate pile with the remaining cards. You can place this pile either above or below the other piles. It serves as your stockpile of cards, which you’ll use when you run out of moves.
- Reserve Space for Foundation Piles: Ensure you leave adequate space at the top for your four foundation piles of cards.
- Examine Face-Up Cards: Inspect the face-up cards on the table. If there are any Aces, position them above the seven piles to initiate your foundation piles. If no Aces are present, rearrange the cards, moving only the face-up ones. When placing a card on top (slightly lower to allow both cards to be visible), it must differ in color from the card beneath it and have a value one less. For instance, if you have a Six of Hearts, you can place either a Five of Spades or a Five of Clubs on top. Continue stacking cards until you can’t make any more moves. Each pile should alternate in color and follow a descending order.
- Maintain Visibility: Keep the top card of each stack visible. The uppermost card in each of the seven tableau columns should be face up. When you move a card, remember to flip the card below it face up.
- Build Foundation Piles: Start creating your foundation piles, beginning with the Aces. As Aces become available (ideally, all four Aces), you can place cards of the corresponding suit, in ascending order (A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K), on top of the corresponding Ace. Each Ace will initiate a distinct foundation pile; for instance, the Ace of Spades might commence the first pile, while the Ace of Hearts might initiate the second.
- Utilize the Stockpile: When you exhaust your available moves, turn over the top three cards from the stockpile. Check if you can place the top card anywhere. If you can play the first card, assess if the second one can be placed, and so on. Afterward, if you’ve placed the last card or can’t make any more moves, draw another three cards from the reserve pile. If you can’t utilize any of these cards, place them in a separate waste pile without altering their order. Repeat this process until your stockpile is empty. Once the stockpile is depleted, you can use the waste pile as your reserve but refrain from shuffling it.
- Reveal Hidden Cards: During gameplay, uncover concealed cards in the tableau columns. You can rearrange cards to uncover and access the desired cards, eventually placing them in the desired slots.
- Start a New Tableau Column: If you clear one of the seven piles entirely, you can create a new tableau column in the empty space using a King (only a King).
Trying Variations of Solitaire
- Experiment with Forty Thieves Solitaire: This version is relatively simpler than standard solitaire because all cards in each pile are face up. The objective remains the same: create a stack for each suit in descending order. In this version, deal ten rows of cards with four cards in each pile, all face up. You can only move the top card of each row, and there are four spaces above the rows that can be used as holding cells. The reserve deck is used one card at a time, not three.
- Attempt Freecell Solitaire: Known as one of the more challenging variations, Freecell Solitaire tests your skills and mental agility. The goal is still to create a stack for each suit in descending order. Deal all cards into eight piles, with four piles containing seven cards and four piles containing six cards, all face up. There’s no reserve deck to work with in this version.
- Experience Golf Solitaire: In Golf Solitaire, the objective differs from traditional solitaire. Your goal is to play all face-up cards in the seven piles, not create four suit stacks. Deal seven piles with five face-up cards each, with the remaining cards placed face down in the reserve deck. Flip the top card of the reserve deck and attempt to play any face-up cards from the seven piles on this card. Continue until you’ve played all face-up cards or can’t make any more moves.
- Explore Pyramid Solitaire: In Pyramid Solitaire, the aim is to remove all cards from the pyramid and reserve pile and place them in the discard pile by forming pairs with a total point value of 13. Deal 28 cards in the shape of a pyramid, with one card in the first row, two cards in the second row, and so on, overlapping each row. You can only remove cards that add up to 13, with Kings counting as 13, Queens as 12, Jacks as 11, and other cards at their face value. If no pairs can be formed, flip over the next reserve card.
- Take On King’s Corner Solitaire: King’s Corner Solitaire involves creating descending card sequences of the same suit from King to Ace within ten piles. Four piles should have six cards each, and six piles should have five cards each, with only the top card facing up. You aim to fill all eight foundation squares with descending stacks and cannot use the foundation squares as holding spaces for cards. The game concludes when all eight foundation squares are filled.