- Game Type
- Kids, Adults
The most popular version of Solitaire is also the best! The official name is Klondike, but most people know it as just plain Solitaire. Mistakenly called Canfield by many (which is another popular Solitaire game), Klondike is fast, has plenty of card play, and features a classic, elegant layout. While it is one of the most difficult Solitaire games to win, it is likely that Klondike will remain one of the most frequently played versions of the game for generations to come.
The standard 52-card pack is used.
The tableau is created by dealing out 28 cards in seven piles as follows: The first pile is one card; the second pile has two cards, and so on up to seven in the last pile. The top card of each pile is face up; all others are face down.
To set the tableau, the player deals seven cards cross-wise from left to right. In the first deal, one card is placed face up and six are placed face down. In the second deal, one card is placed face up on the second pile, and one face down on each other pile; and so on (see diagram next page).
The four aces form the foundations. As it becomes available, each ace must be played to a row above the tableau. Cards
in the appropriate suit are then played on the aces in sequence - the two, then the three, and so on - as they become available.
Object of the Game
The goal is to get the four suits built onto the foundations from aces up through kings.
Any movable card (from tableau, stock or talon) may be placed on a card next-higher in rank if it is of opposite color. Example: A black five may be played on a red six. If more than one card is face up on a tableau pile, all such cards must be moved as a unit. Example: the 3♦, 4♣, 5♥ may be moved as a unit onto 6♠ or 6♣. When there is no face-up card left on a pile, the top face-down card is turned up and becomes available.
Only a king may fill an open space in the layout.
After the tableau is dealt, the rest of the pack forms the stock. The player turns up cards from the top of the stock in groups of three, and the top card of the three may be used for building on the tableau or, if possible, played on a foundation. If a card is used in this manner, the card below it becomes available for play. If the upcard cannot be used, the one, two, or three cards of the group are placed face up on the talon (waste pile), and the next group of three cards is turned up. When the stock is exhausted, the talon is turned upside down (without shuffling) to form a stock, and groups of three cards are again turned up. This process is repeated until no further plays are possible. The top card of the talon is always available for play, provided that the next three cards of the stock have not been turned.