Alaska is a variation of the game Yukon. The tableau is dealt out in exactly like Yukon (and Russian Solitaire). It is dealt by first dealing cards as in Klondike (1 card to the first pile, 2 cards to the 2nd pile, and so on to the 7 piles) with the top card face up. Then the remaining cards are dealt out to the 2nd to 7th piles, all face up.
What makes Alaska special is that you can move groups of cards in the tableau regardless of any sequence. This means that any face up card, no matter how deeply buried, can be moved by picking it and all the cards on top of it up together. The tableau is built up or down by suit. The objective is to move cards up to the foundations.
Alaska is a challenging, strategic game. It is very important to uncover the face down cards, because only the face up cards are in play. Once a card becomes face up, it can be accessed, so getting the cards face up is the key. The only way to lose is to not be able to access a needed card because it is face down.
Alaska is easier than Russian Solitaire because there are more tableau building opportunities (you can build up in suit as well as down). However, you do need to be careful when building up in the tableau that you will later be able to undo these moves so that the cards will move up to the foundations.
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