Solitaire

Solitaire is one of those games that enhance your cognitive skills while improving your focus. Whenever you feel tense or stressed, you can play this game to calm your mind. What’s amazing about solitaire is you can play it anywhere and anytime. All you need is a standard 52-card deck or find a solitaire website like www.playsolitaire.io.

A Beginner Guide to Playing Basic Solitaire

For those keen on learning this game, here’s a comprehensive guide on how to play basic solitaire. We will go over everything from the setup to gameplay to the rules and objectives of the game. 

Setting up the Cards

As we said above, you need a standard-52 card deck to play solitaire. Your first task will be to set up the cards. If you are playing online, the solitaire website will lay out the cards for you. Here’s how you set up the cards:

  • Place one card face-up and six others face-down in a horizontal line.
  • Place one card face-up and five others face-down on top of the first pile. Begin the second pile from the second column on the left.
  • Deal the third pile with one card up and four face-down. Begin the third pile from the third column. 
  • Deal the fourth pile with one card up and three face-down. Begin the fourth progressively, as shown above. 
  • Deal the fifth pile with one card up and two face-down. 
  • Deal the sixth pile with one card face-up and one face-down. 
  • Place the seventh pile with one card face-up.

Your card setup should have seven columns, and they should be progressive. The first column on the left should have one card, the second column should have two cards, and the third column three cards, and so on. In each column, the topmost card is the only one that should be face-up. 

Once you set up your cards, you will remain with 24 cards. These cards are your stockpile. Place them at the top left of your card setup.

Objectives of the Game

Your goal is to transfer and arrange all the cards onto the ace foundation piles. The ace foundation is placed at the top right side of the card setup, and it is divided into four card suits. The objective is to arrange cards of each card suit in sequence, starting with an ace and finishing with a king. If you successfully build your foundation pile, you win the game. 

Rules and Gameplay

There are three ways to move cards in solitaire. The first is moving cards within the card setup, also known as the tableau.

Play cards in the tableau by arranging them in different colors and descending order. For example, you can place eight of hearts or diamonds (red) onto nine of spades or clubs (black). Arrange cards in descending order from a king to ace. 

The second way to move cards is from the stockpile to the card setup. When you have no moves left on the tableau, you can reveal cards one at a time from the stock as you search for the one to transfer to the setup. You can only transfer a card if there is one on the tableau that’s a number higher and has a different color. 

To make the game more challenging, you can reveal cards on the stockpile in threes, then transfer only the topmost card. The rules of transfer still apply here. 

The last way to move cards is from the card setup or stockpile onto ace foundation piles. Remember that the objective is to arrange all cards onto the foundation piles in ascending order. 

Closing Remarks

You now know how to play basic solitaire. Why don’t you try playing a game in your free time? You only need to play solitaire once, and you will get the hang of it. Next time you feel stressed at work, play a quick solitaire game to calm yourself.

By Jim O Brien/CEO

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