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Chess Solitaire

Original Solitaire

Game info: Non-Builders game type; 1 deck (52 cards); no redeal

  • Game time: Long
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Skill level: Mostly skill
  • Chance of winning: Very high; 1 in 1 if you persist; 100%

Object of the game: To create 4 sequences of 13 cards, regardless of suit, from Ace to King.

Solitaire Rules

Tableau (4 rows of 13 cards each)

  • You can interchange card positions as often as you please until you obtain the desired result.

  • To move a card, click on it. Then click on the position where you want to move the card. The two cards will exchange positions.

  • Cards can be moved according to chess rules as follows:

    • King. The King may move one place at a time in any direction: horizontally, vertically or diagonally.

    • Queen. The Queen may move any distance in any row or column or diagonally and may jump over any number of cards.

    • Bishop. The Jack (Bishop) may move any distance on either diagonal radiating from its position and may jump over any number of cards.

    • Knight. The odd cards (Ace, 3, 5, 7, 9) have a peculiar move as "from corner to diagonally-opposite corner of a rectangle three squares by two"; in other words, odd cards move one place up, down or sideways plus one place diagonally.

    • Rook. The even cards (2, 4, 6, 8, 10) may move any distance in any row or column and may jump over any number of cards.


  • The score of the cards placed in the correct position is calculated according to the relative values of the chess pieces.
    Card Points
    King 10
    Queen 9
    Bishop 3
    Knight 3
    Rook 5

  • The highest score obtainable is 196.

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