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British Square

Game info: Two-Deck game type; 2 decks; no redeal

Alternate names: Square.

  • Game time: Long
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Skill level: Mostly skill
  • Chance of winning: High; about 1 in 3; 33.3%

Object of the game: Move all the cards to the foundations.

Solitaire Rules

Foundations (4 piles: complete these piles to win the game)

  • Build up in suit from Ace to King (for example, a 2 can be played on an Ace); then place the second King of that suit on the first King and in turn build down in suit to the Ace (for example, a Queen can be played on a King).

Tableau (16 piles in a 4 x 4 "Square")

  • Build up or down in suit (for example, a 10 can be played either on a 9 or a Jack).

  • Once a direction is started, the direction may not be changed for that particular pile (for example, you can play Jack, 10, 9, 8, etc.).

  • Ranking of cards is not continuous: an Ace may be built only on a 2, a King only on a Queen.

  • The top card of each pile is available for play on foundations or tableau.

  • Only one card at a time can be moved.

  • Spaces are automatically filled from the waste or the stock.


  • Turn up one card at a time from the stock to the waste by clicking.
  • There is no redeal.

Waste (One pile)

  • The top card is available for play on foundations or tableau.

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