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Shifting Solitaire

The game starts with four foundations, four waste piles and a stock with 52 cards face-up. The goal is to move all the cards to the four foundations, building from Ace through to King by suit. A stock card can be moved to any of the waste piles regardless of existing cards, however once on the waste you may only build them down by rank.

Difficulty: Easy

Rules are easy to understand.

Odds of winning: Good

Win about 1 in 2 games (55%).

Duration: Quick

Less than 5 minutes per game.

Skill Level: Balanced

Winning involves skill and luck equally.

How to Play Shifting

Game Objective

Move all cards to the four foundations.

Foundation Rules

  • There are four foundations.
  • The four foundations are built up by suit starting with an Ace and ending with a King.

Tableau Rules

  • There are four tableaus.
  • Cards are moved among the four tableaus to build down by rank.
  • A King may be moved to an empty tableau.

Waste Rules

  • The waste card may be moved to any tableau without building down or to build up the foundations.

Strategy & Tips

  1. A simple strategy is use the four waste piles to group cards from ACE-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-KING.