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Good Queen Bess

Original Solitaire

Game info: Faerie Queen type; 2 decks (104 cards); no redeal

  • Game time: Medium
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Skill level: Moderate
  • Chance of winning: Low; about 1 in 10; 10%

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

Solitaire Rules

  • One of the Kings is automatically removed from the deck and placed on the first tableau pile.

Foundations (8 piles: complete these piles to win the game)

  • Build up in suit from Ace to Queen (for example, a 2 can be played on an Ace).

  • The object is to finish with a row of Queens and a row of Kings.

Tableau (Eight columns)

  • Place cards on top of the first King until:

    • An Ace appears. This is placed on a foundation in the row above the Kings.

    • Another King appears. It is placed to the right of the first King. Cards are then dealt and placed on the second King until a third King appears. Continue in the same way until the last King is dealt and the whole deck is laid out in 8 piles of varying lengths.

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

When the stock is exhausted

  • Available cards may be built down in a descending sequence regardless of suit (for example, a 5 can be placed on a 6).

  • A packed sequence, or any portion of it, may be moved to another tableau column.

  • An uncovered King is the equivalent of a temporary space and any available card, or packed sequence, may be placed on it.


  • The top card is available for play to the tableau piles or to the foundations.

  • There is no redeal.

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