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Solitaire is a single-player card game that is played with a standard 52-card deck. The goal of the game is to move all of the cards from the tableau to the four foundation piles, in order from ace to king. Players can move cards in a number of ways, including:
- Moving a single card from one tableau pile to another
- Moving a group of cards from one tableau pile to another, as long as the cards are in descending order by suit
- Moving a card from a tableau pile to a foundation pile, as long as the card is the next in the sequence (ace to king)
The game is won when all of the cards have been moved to the foundation piles.
Rules of Solitaire
In Solitaire, there are three main areas where cards are placed: the stockpile, the foundation, and the tableau.
- The Stockpile is a pile of cards that are face down. When you start the game, the entire deck of cards is placed face down in the stockpile. You can turn over cards from the stockpile one at a time, and you can use these cards to play in the tableau or the foundation.
- The Foundation is a set of four piles, one for each suit. The goal of the game is to move all of the cards in the deck to the foundation piles, in ascending order from ace to king. You can only move cards to the foundation if they are the next card in the ascending sequence for that suit. For example, you can move the 2 of hearts to the foundation pile if the ace of hearts is already in that pile.
- The Tableau is a set of seven piles, with one card face up in each pile. The remaining cards in the deck are placed face down below the tableau piles. You can move cards from the tableau to the foundation, or you can move them to other tableau piles, as long as they are in descending order by suit. For example, you can move the 3 of hearts from one tableau pile to another tableau pile if there is a 4 of hearts already in the second pile.
- You can move cards onto tableau piles if they are in descending numerical order and of a different color (e.g., a red Queen can be placed on a black King).
- Ace cards can be moved to foundation piles directly.
- On an empty tableau column you can move only a King.
- The game is won when all cards are moved to the foundation piles in ascending order and by suit.
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Strategies for playing Solitaire
Solitaire is a game of both luck and skill. There are certain strategies that you can follow to increase your chances of winning. Here are some:
- Target larger stacks first. When you're trying to reveal hidden cards, it's best to focus on columns with larger stacks. This will give you a better chance of finding cards that you can use to build your tableau piles or foundation piles.
- Evenly distribute tableau piles. Don't try to build up one tableau pile too quickly. This will make it difficult to move cards around and could lead to you getting stuck. Instead, try to distribute the cards evenly among the tableau piles.
- Don't empty a space without a King. If you have to empty a space in the tableau, make sure you have a King to put in it. Kings can be moved to any foundation pile, so they're very versatile.
- Build foundation piles evenly. Don't build up the foundation piles too quickly or unevenly. This can make it difficult to work the tableau. While the ultimate goal is to get all cards of each suit in ordered piles and an empty tableau, you can't win Solitaire without using many of the cards in your tableau moves first.
If you want more strategies check them out Strategies for Solitaire.