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Chessboard Solitaire

Chessboard is an open game (all 52 cards are displayed face up at the beginning of the game). The objective is to build the four foundations up by the same suit. Wrapping around is allowed.

Difficulty: Average

Rules provide a challenge.

Odds of winning: Very Low

Win about 1 in 6 games (16%).

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 Chessboard

Game Objective

The goal of Chessboard is to move all 52 cards to the foundation piles. You achieve this by building sequences of cards up by suit. Sequences may be built around-the-corner. You win when the four foundations each contain a complete sequence of thirteen cards.

Foundation Rules

  • There are four foundations.
  • Any card may serve as the initial base rank for an empty foundation.
  • The foundations build up by the same suit. Foundations can build around-the-corner (an Ace may move onto a King).
  • For example the 7♠ may move onto the 6♠ and the 7♦ may move onto the 6♦. Starting with the J♥ the following sequence can build on top Q♥ K♥ A♥ 2♥.

Tableau Rules

  • There are ten tableaus.
  • Any card may move to an empty tableau.
  • The tableaus build both up and down by the same suit. Tableaus can build around-the-corner (an Ace may move onto a King and a King may move onto an Ace).
  • For example the 8♠ may move onto the 7♠ or the 9♠. Starting with the Q♥ the following sequence can build on top K♥ A♥ K♥ Q♥.
  • The top card is movable.

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