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Old Calculation Solitaire

Old Calculation is a closed game played with a single deck (52 cards). The tableau starts empty. The objective is to move all cards to the four foundations by building them up regardless of suit.

How to Play Old Calculation

Build foundations up regardless of suit. Fill empty foundations with Aces. Build tableaus with any rank regardless of suit. Fill empty tableaus with any card.

Game Objective

The goal of Old Calculation is to move all fifty-two cards to the foundation piles. You achieve this by building sequences of cards up regardless of 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.

Foundation Rules

  • There are four foundations.
  • The foundations are initially empty.
  • The foundations build up regardless of suit.
  • For example the 9♠ may move onto the 8♠, 8♥, 8♣ and 8♦. Starting with the 9♥ the following sequence may build on top 10♠ J♠ Q♦ K♣.
  • An Ace may move to an empty foundation.

Tableau Rules

  • There are four tableaus.
  • The tableaus are initially empty.
  • The tableaus build regardless of rank regardless of suit.. Only cards from the WASTE may move to the tableaus.
  • The top card is movable.
  • Any single card may move to an empty tableau.

Waste Rules

  • There is one waste.
  • Initially containing fifty-two cards face up in the waste.
  • The top card is movable.
  • Once empty the waste remains empty.