Play Giza Solitaire

An interesting and more skillful variation of pyramid solitaire.

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Giza Solitaire game info

  • Family: Adding & Pairing Solitaire Games
  • Decks: 1 deck (52 cards)
  • Game time: Medium
  • Chance of winning: Medium

Goal

The objective in Giza Solitaire is to remove all 52 cards by combining 2 cards that in total have 13 in value.

Layout & deal

Giza Solitaire uses a single deck. First, 28 cards are dealt in the form of a pyramid, similar as in Pyramid Solitaire. Consequently, 3 rows of 8 cards each are dealt below the pyramid.

Allowable moves

  • The valid pairs of cards are: 7 & 6, 8 & 5, 9 & 4, 10 & 3, Jack & 2, and Queen & Ace.
  • A Queen has a value of 12 points, a Jack 11, and an Ace 1. The other cards are worth their face value.
  • A King has a value of 13 and can be removed as a single card.
  • Only the uncovered cards in the pyramid and the top cards in the bottom three rows can be played.

History

Giza Solitaire was invented by Michael Keller, who first published it in 1998. Michael wanted to develop an open solitaire variation of Pyramid Solitaire, and after some experiments came up with Giza Solitaire. Open solitaires usually require more skill compared to closed or half-open games. Another example of an open solitaire game is FreeCell. The name of Giza Solitaire refers to the famous Egyptian pyramid.

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