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Ballade

Original Solitaire

Game info: FreeCell type; 1 deck (52 cards); no redeal

  • Game time: Medium
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Skill level: Mostly skill
  • Chance of winning: High; about 1 in 3; 33.3%

Object of the game: Move all the cards to the foundations.

Solitaire Rules

  • The base card for this game will vary. Examine the tableau and choose one of the tableau cards as the first foundation. It can be chosen at the beginning of the game, or during the game.

Foundations (Four piles; upper right side of screen)

  • Build up regardless of suit from the base card to the rank just below the base card, until each pile contains thirteen cards.

  • Autoplay is available.

Cells (or Reserve; four cells, left side)

  • These are the "cells". The cells are storage (holding) locations for cards being played to the foundations and the tableau.

  • Cells can hold only one card at a time.

Tableau (Four columns starting with thirteen cards each)

  • Build down regardless of suit (for example, a 5 can be played on a 6).

  • The top card of each column is available for play to another tableau column, to the foundations or to the cells.

  • Move groups of cards if they are in sequence, and if there are enough free cells where the cards could be moved individually.

  • Spaces may be filled with any card or card sequence.

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