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Vanbrugh Two Decks

Original Solitaire

Game info: Four Seasons type; 2 deck (104 cards); 3 redeals

  • Game time: Medium
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Skill level: Mostly chance
  • Chance of winning: Low; about 1 in 10; 10%

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

Solitaire Rules

Set-Up: At the beginning of the game, the eight Queens are placed in the center. The eight Kings are placed north, south, east and west of the Queens. The eight Jacks are placed in the four corners.

Foundations (Sixteen piles)

First phase

  • "King" foundations: Build up in suit from King, Ace to 2. For example, an Ace can only be played on a King.

  • "Jack" foundations: Build down in suit by twos from Jack, 9, 7, 5 to 3. For example, a 9 can only be played on a Jack.

  • When all the 2s are on the Kings and all the 3s are on the Jacks, the second phase begins.

Second phase

  • Move the 3s onto the 2s of the same suit.

  • Deal from the stock to find the a 4. Place the 4 onto the 3 of the same suit.

  • When a 6 comes along, transfer the 5 onto the 4, and place the 6 on top of the 5 of the same suit.

  • Repeat the above cycle for the 8s and 10s. Then place the eight Jacks onto the 10s of the same suit. Eventually, place the eight Queens onto the Jacks of the same suit.

  • If the game is successful, the Queens will appear at north, south, east and west of the center.


  • Turn up one card at a time from the stock to the waste by clicking.

  • Three redeals are permitted (four deals in all).

Waste (One pile)

  • The top card is always available for play to the foundations.

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