Solitare is played with a standard 52-card deck of cards (without Jokers).
After shuffling and setting out the layout, you will have four piles of cards
- The stock: This is a pile of face-down cards in the top left corner.
- The waste: This is the pile of face-up cards next to the stock.
- The Tableau: This is the seven piles of cards in the center of the playing area. Each pile
has some cards face down (starting with 0, adding 1 face down card as you move to the right), but the
top-most card will be face-up.
- The foundations: This is the four piles of cards in the top right, these are initially empty.
Your aim is to move all of the cards to the foundations. There are four piles in the foundations, one for each
suit - you can see them labelled. For each individual suit, the Ace has to be placed there first, followed
by the '2', then by the '3', all the way through to finish with the Jack, Queen, and finally the King.
These are the valid moves for Solitare:
- Turn over a card from the stock: You can turn one card at a time over the from the stock to the
- Move a card from the waste to the tableau: All of the face-up cards in the Tableau must
be placed on a card that is one higher of the opposite colour.
For example, the 6 of hearts can be placed on a face-down card, an empty pile, or on a black 7, i.e.
the 7 of spades, or the 7 of clubs.
Additionally, you may move a King on to an empty pile
You can also move groups of cards around on the tableau - as long as the rules above are still followed.
For example, if you already have a pile consisting of the 7 of hearts, 6 of spades, and 5 of diamonds, you
could move all of them on to the 8 of clubs (for example).
- Move cards around on the tableau, the rules from the last point still apply!
- Move a card from the waste to the foundations, only if it's on to the correct foundation, and
the previous card is already in place.
- Move a card from the tableau to the foundations, again, only if it's on to the correct foundation,
and the previous card is already in place.
The game won't allow you to complete an invalid move, so the best way to learn the rules is to just start