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Klondike Rules

It is perhaps a tribute to the indomitable human spirit that this most popular of all solitaires is at the same time one of the most difficult to win. Layout —Deal a row of seven cards, the first face up and the rest face down. Deal a row of six cards upon the first, beginning with one card face up on the second pile and then the rest face down on the piles to the right. Continue with successive rows of five, four, three, two, and one, beginning each time with one card face up, on the pile to the right of that on which the previous row was begun. The completed tableau comprises seven piles increasing in number from one to seven cards, with the top card of each pile face up and the rest face down. (See diagram.) Layout for Klondike Foundations —The four aces, as they become available, are to be moved into a row above the tableau and built up in suit to kings. Tableau —The face-up cards on the tableau may be built down in alternating colors. In the diagram, the ♣ 10 may be moved upon the ♥ J, and the ♦ 9 upon the ♣ 10. The ♣ 3 may be moved upon the ♦ 4, making a space. Tableau cards may be built on each other, but all face-up cards on a pile must be moved as a unit. Whenever such a transfer is made, the exposed face-down card on one pile is turned up and becomes available. Top cards of tableau piles are always available for play on foundations. Aces must be moved up as soon as available, but any higher card may be kept on the tableau for building purposes, if the player wishes, rather than built on a foundation. A space in the tableau, by removal of an entire pile, may be filled only by a king, or by a build with a king at the bottom. Wastepile —Turn up cards from the hand one by one, placing unplayable cards face up on a single wastepile. The top of this pile, as well as the card in hand, is available for play on foundations or tableau.