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Beleaguered Castle Solitaire

Beleaguered Castle is an open game (all 52 cards are displayed face up at the beginning of the game). The four foundations each contain an Ace. There are eight tableaus that contain six cards each. The objective is to build the four foundations up by suit from Ace to King.

Difficulty: Average

Rules provide a challenge.

Odds of winning: Low

Win about 1 in 4 games (25%).

Duration: Moderate

5 to 10 minutes per game.

Skill Level: Mostly Skill

Winning is mostly determined by skill. A small amount of luck is involved.

How to Play Beleaguered Castle

Game Objective

Move all cards to the four foundations.

Foundation Rules

  • There are four foundations.
  • The foundations build up by the same suit.
  • For example the 3♠ may move onto the 2♠ and the 3♦ may move onto the 2♦. Starting with the 3♥ the following sequence can build on top 4♥ 5♥ 6♥ 7♥.

Tableau Rules

  • There are eight tableaus.
  • The tableaus build down by rank regardless of suit.
  • For example the 8♠ may move onto the 9♠, 9♥, 9♣ and 9♦. Starting with the 8♥ the following sequence can build on top 7♠ 6♠ 5♦ 4♣.
  • Any card may move to an empty tableau.
  • The top card is movable.

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