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The original klondike solitaire card game that everyone has played.

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Klondike Solitaire game info

Klondike Solitaire is the original card game that no doubt you already know how to play! Together with Spider Solitaire and FreeCell, Klondike Solitaire is the most well-known solitaire game.

Goal

The goal of the game is to move all the cards to the set of foundation cells in the top right. Each pile must start with an Ace. All the other cards must be placed in ascending numerical order (with a matching suit) on top of the appropriate foundation pile. (E.g. A Spades, 2 Spades, 3 Spades etc).

Layout & deal

The tableau has 7 piles. The first pile is dealt 1 card, the second pile 2 cards, and so on. Only the top card in each pile is face-up. The rest of the cards goes face-down into the stock. The waste and foundation are empty at the start.

Allowable moves

Groups of cards can be moved between the columns of cards in the layout. They must be placed in descending numerical order and with alternating colors (e.g. Red King, Black Queen, Red Jack, Black 10, Red 9). Only a group of cards beginning with a King can placed on an empty cell in the layout area.

Turn the deck over, located in the top left, to reveal more cards.

Scoring

For each card moved from the waste to the tableau, you get 5 points. For each card in the tableau which is flipped, you get 5 points. For each card moved to the foundation (from the tableau or from the waste) you get 10 points. Moving a card from the foundation to the tableau will cost you 15 points.

Variants

In Double Solitaire you play solitaire against the computer, completing a deal as fast as possible. FreeCell Klondike is a cross between FreeCell and Klondike. Wild West Solitaire follows the same rules as Klondike, with only one difference: you can place any card (rather than just the King) on an empty column. The layout of Agnes 2 resembles the Klondike layout, however in Agnes 2 all cards in the tableau are face-up.

FAQ

How to set up Klondike Solitaire? Start with dealing cards to the 7 tableau piles, one card to the first pile, two cards to the second pile, and so on. Make sure that all cards are face-down, except the top cards in each pile. Put the rest of the cards into the stock.

How to win at Klondike Solitaire? Always move cards you will not need anymore immediately to the foundation, e.g. you will never need Aces and Twos so you can just move them to the foundations if possible. Watch out with moving higher ranked cards (Threes and higher) immediately to the foundation, because sometimes you need them further in the game. A last tip is to move cards in the tableau when possible, and prefer this over bringing a card down from the waste to the tableau.