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Grand Duchess

Game info: Two-Deck game type; 2 decks (104 cards); 3 redeals

Alternate names: Duchess de Luynes, One to Six.

  • Game time: Long
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Skill level: Moderate
  • Chance of winning: Low (about 1 in 30)

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

Solitaire Rules

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

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

  • Build the King foundations down in suit (for example, a Queen can be played on a King).

Tableau (4 columns)

  • The top card of each pile is available for play to the foundations.

  • Spaces are not filled, except in the course of the next deal.

Reserve (2 cards face down)

  • Only the card exposed at the end may be played to the foundations. It may not be placed on the tableau.

  • After the stock is exhausted, the reserve cards are turned face up and spread out in two columns, all of which - no matter how deep it is in the column - are available for play to the foundations.


  • Click once on the stock to deal a row of four cards to the tableau and, at the same time, two more face down cards to the reserve.

  • Three redeals are permitted (four deals in all).

  • In the last (fourth) deal, a row of four cards is dealt to the tableau - none to the reserve.

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