Canfield is a closed game played with a single deck (52 cards). There are four tableaus that contain one cards each. The objective is to move all cards to the four foundations by building them up by the same suit.
Rules are easy to understand.
Odds of winning: Very Low
Win about 1 in 20 games (5%).
5 to 10 minutes per game.
Skill Level: Balanced
Winning involves skill and luck equally.
How to Play Canfield
Build foundations up by the same suit and wrap around on Kings. Fill empty foundations with the same rank dealt at the beginning of the game. Build tableaus down by alternating color. Move sequences built down by alternating color together. Empty tableaus automatically fill from the reserve then with valid sequences. Stock deals three to waste.
The goal of Canfield is to move all fifty-two cards to the foundation piles. You achieve this by building sequences of cards up by the same suit that start with an Ace and end with a King. You win when the four foundations each contain a complete sequence of thirteen cards.
- There are four foundations.
- Initially containing one card face up in the first foundation.
- The foundations build up by the same suit. Foundations may build around-the-corner (an Ace may move onto a King).
- For example the 4♠ may move onto the 3♠ and the 4♦ may move onto the 3♦. Starting with the J♦ the following sequence may build on top Q♦ K♦ A♦ 2♦.
- Empty foundation spaces may be filled with the same initial rank dealt to the first pile at the beginning of the game.
- There are four tableaus.
- Initially containing one card face up in each tableau.
- The tableaus build down by alternating color.
- For example the 7♠ may move onto the 8♦ and the 7♥ may move onto the 8♣. Starting with the 7♥ the following sequence may build on top 6♠ 5♦ 4♣.
- Sequences of cards built down by alternating color may move together as a group.
- Empty spaces are automatically populated with a card from the reserve. When the reserve is empty any card or valid sequence of cards may move together to fill an empty tableau.
- There is one reserve.
- Initially containing twelve cards face down and one card face up in the reserve.
- The top card is movable.
- Once empty the reserve remains empty.
- The stock deals three card face up to the waste when tapped.
- An unlimited number of passes through the stock is permitted. There is no restriction on how many times the waste can be redealt to the stock.
- There is one waste.
- The waste is initially empty.
- The top card is movable.
- Once empty the waste remains empty until more cards move from the stock.
There are 6 games that have a similar play style to Canfield:
- Double Canfield - Two decks. There are eight foundations. There are five tableaus.
- Demon - Two decks. There are eight foundations. There are eight tableaus. Initially containing thirty-nine cards face down and one card face up in the reserve.
- Superior Canfield - Fill empty tableaus with valid sequences. Initially containing thirteen cards face up in the reserve.
- Triple Canfield - Three decks. There are twelve foundations. There are seven tableaus. Initially containing twenty-five cards face down and one card face up in the reserve.
- American Toad - Two decks. There are eight foundations. There are eight tableaus. Initially containing nineteen cards face down and one card face up in the reserve. Stock deals one to waste with no more than one redeal.
- Quadruple Canfield - Four decks. There are sixteen foundations. There are eight tableaus. Initially containing thirty-eight cards face down and one card face up in the reserve. Stock deals three to waste without redeals.