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Rank and File Solitaire

Rank and File is played with two standard decks (104 cards). There are ten tableaus that contain four cards each. The objective is to build the eight foundations up by suit from Ace to King.

Odds of winning: Very High

Win about 4 in 5 games (80%).

Skill Level: Balanced

Winning involves skill and luck equally.

How to Play Rank and File

Game Objective

Move all cards to the eight foundations.

Foundation Rules

  • There are eight foundations.
  • An Ace may move to an empty foundation.
  • The foundations build up by the same suit.
  • For example the 7♠ may move onto the 6♠ and the 7♦ may move onto the 6♦. Starting with the 7♦ the following sequence can build on top 8♦ 9♦ 10♦ J♦.

Tableau Rules

  • There are ten tableaus.
  • The tableaus build down by alternating colors.
  • For example the J♠ may move onto the Q♦ and the J♥ may move onto the Q♣. Starting with the J♥ the following sequence can build on top 10♠ 9♦ 8♣.
  • Any card may move to an empty tableau.
  • Sequences of cards built down by alternating color can move together as a group.

Stock Rules

  • The stock deals one card face up to the waste when tapped.

Waste Rules

  • There is one waste.
  • The top card is movable.

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