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How to Play Solitaire|
Screen shot of the classic game Klondike
Solitaire is a one person card game. There are actually many hundreds of solitaire games, 640 are included in Pretty Good Solitaire. There is one game that is better known than any other. This is the classic game Klondike, which is often simply called Solitaire.
In Klondike, cards are dealt out to seven piles called tableau piles. One card is dealt to the first pile, two cards to the second, and so on until seven cards are dealt to the seventh pile. Only the top card of each pile is face up, the rest are face down. The remaining cards are then placed face down in a pile called the stock.
The object of the game is to move all the cards to four piles called foundation piles. Each of these piles begins with an Ace and are built up in suit in ascending sequence up to King. When all the cards have been moved to these piles, the game is won. If you have not yet moved all the cards to the foundation piles and there are no more moves, you have lost.
Within the seven tableau piles, you can move the top card of one pile onto another if it is one rank (number) lower and of opposite color. For example, you can move a Three of Hearts onto a Four of Spades, since the Three is one rank lower and a Heart is red and a Spade is black. You can also move groups of cards together, if they are all of alternating colors and a descending sequence, such as Five, Four, and Three. If a pile in the tableau is empty, you can only play a King or a sequence of cards headed by a King into the empty space.
The top card of the stock can always be turned over onto a waste pile. The top card of the waste pile can be played on any tableau pile (if possible by the rules) or to any foundation pile, if possible. Often in Klondike three cards at a time are turned over from the stock to the waste, with only one of them available for play.
That's all there is to it! There are many different variations of these rules, and many solitaire games are completely different, but the basics of the foundations, tableau, stock, and waste are repeated in many solitaire games. In Pretty Good Solitaire, to see the rules of a game, just press the F1 key or click on the help button while in the game.
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