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Pitchfork Solitaire

Pitchfork is an open game (all 52 cards are displayed face up at the beginning of the game). The objective is to move all cards to the four foundations by building them up by the same suit.

Odds of winning: Very Low

Win about 1 in 7 games (15%).

Skill Level: Mostly Skill

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

How to Play Pitchfork

Game Objective

The goal of Pitchfork 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.

Foundation Rules

  • 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 3♠ may move onto the 2♠ and the 3♦ may move onto the 2♦. 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.

Tableau Rules

  • There are nine tableaus.
  • Initially containing a custom layout.
  • The tableaus build down by alternating color.
  • For example the 6♠ may move onto the 7♦ and the 6♥ may move onto the 7♣. Starting with the 6♥ the following sequence may build on top 5♠ 4♦ 3♣.
  • The top card is movable.
  • Any single card may move to an empty tableau.

Reserve Rules

  • There is one reserve.
  • Initially containing seven cards face up in the reserve.
  • The top card is movable.
  • Once empty the reserve remains empty.