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Knights and Dames

Original Solitaire

Game info: Two-Deck solitaires type; 2 decks (104 cards); no redeal

  • Game time: Medium
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Skill level: Moderate
  • Chance of winning: Low; about 1 in 10

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

Solitaire Rules

At the beginning of the game, the eight Queens are removed from the deck and placed on the left–hand side.

Foundations (Eight piles)

  • On the Kings, build up in suit from King to Jack. For example, an Ace can only be played on a King.

  • Ranking of cards is continuous: build Aces after Kings when necessary.

  • When cards from the Queen reserves become available, they are to be shifted, in reverse order, to the appropriate King foundations. The Queens do not move and remain in their places.

  • If the game succeeds, the eight Queens (Dames) will appear on the one side, and the eight sequences, each headed by a Jack (Knight), will appear on the other.

Reserve (Eight piles starting with eight Queens)

  • On the Queens, build down regardless of suit (for example, a Jack can be played on a Queen).

Stock (Ninety-six cards face up)

  • The top card is always available for play to any of the three waste piles, to the foundations or to the reserve.

  • There is no redeal.

Waste (Three piles)

  • Place cards from the stock to any of these piles, in any suit or rank, as advantageous.

  • Once placed, a card cannot be moved.

  • The top card of each pile is always available for play to the foundations or to the reserve.

  • No building on the waste piles.

  • Spaces can be filled with cards from the stock only.

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