Gilbert is a closed game played with a single deck (52 cards). The objective is to move all cards to the four foundations by building them up by the same suit.
How to Play Gilbert
Build aces foundations up by the same suit. Fill empty aces foundations with Aces. Build kings foundations down by the same suit. Build tableaus down by alternating color. Move sequences built down by alternating color together. Fill empty tableaus with Sevens. Stock deals three to waste.
The goal of Gilbert 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.
Aces Foundation Rules
- There are four aces foundations.
- The aces foundations are initially empty.
- The aces foundations build up by the same suit.
- For example the 2♠ may move onto the A♠ and the 2♦ may move onto the A♦. Starting with the 2♣ the following sequence may build on top 3♣ 4♣ 5♣ 6♣.
- An Ace may move to an empty aces foundation.
Kings Foundation Rules
- There are four kings foundations.
- The kings foundations are initially empty.
- The kings foundations build down by the same suit.
- For example the 5♠ may move onto the 6♠ and the 5♥ may move onto the 6♥. Starting with the 5♣ the following sequence may build on top 4♣ 3♣ 2♣ A♣.
- A King may move to an empty kings foundation.
- There are seven tableaus.
- Initially containing a Klondike layout.
- The tableaus build down by alternating color.
- For example the 5♠ may move onto the 6♦ and the 5♥ may move onto the 6♣. Starting with the 5♥ the following sequence may build on top 4♠ 3♦ 2♣.
- Sequences of cards built down by alternating color may move together as a group.
- A Seven may move to an empty tableau.
- 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 is one game with similar play style to Gilbert:
- Lafayette - Adds a reserve. Empty tableaus automatically fill from the reserve then with Sevens. There are four tableaus. Initially containing one card face up in each tableau.