Kings in the Corners

Kings in the Corners

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1 Deck.  Easy (80%).  Mostly Luck.

 

Object

To place all the Kings, Queens, and Jacks in their places.

 

Layout

16 tableau piles - the four corners are for Kings, top and bottom are for Queens, left and right are for Jacks.  Pair cards that add to 10 (after the tableau is filled).

 

stock (face down, left) - top card is available for play in the tableau.

 

waste (far right)  - Where paired cards go out of play.

 

 

Valid Discards

Ace-9, 2-8, 3-7, 4-6, 5-5, Tens singly.

 

Play

Play by moving the top card of the stock to an empty pile in the tableau.  The object is the place the Kings in the piles marked for Kings in the corners, Queens in the piles marked for Queens, and Jacks in the piles marked for Jacks.  Any card (except Kings, Queens, or Jacks) may be played to the other piles.

 

Cards are to be placed in the tableau and the tableau must be completely filled before cards can be removed in pairs.

 

Two cards that add to 10 may be paired and removed from play (Tens are removed singly).  Cards other than the King, Queen, or Jack may be placed in the edge piles, but you will need to remove them in a pair so that a King, Queen, or Jack can later be played there.  Once a card has been placed, it cannot be moved except to create a pair that adds to 10 (Tens are removed by themselves).

 

When all possible pairs have been removed, fill the tableau again from the stock.  When the tableau is once again filled, cards can be paired once again.

 

Repeat the process. The game is won if the 12 Kings, Queens, and Jacks are all placed in their proper places.  The game is lost if a King, Queen, or Jack appears and there is no proper place to put it, or if the tableau fills up and there are no pairs to remove.

 

Notes

Place Kings, Queens, and Jacks in their marked places when they appear (you cannot place them on any other pile)  Fill the center first with lower cards, pairing out cards that add to 10 when possible.  When the center is full, you will need to place lower cards on the spaces for Kings, Queens, and Jacks.  Fill up places where there are the most other options available (for example, if there are 3 empty King spaces but only two empty Queen and Jack spaces, fill the King space first).   Note that you will always be able to remove a 10 once the

tableau is filled.

 

Once the tableau is filled, try to pair off the blocking low cards as quickly as possible as if a King, Queen, or Jack is needed for that space and there are no other places to put them, you will lose.  When all possible pairs have been removed, fill the tableau again and then remove pairs again.