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Original Solitaire

Game info: Puzzle games type; 24 cards; no redeal

  • Game time: Medium
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Skill level: Mostly skill
  • Chance of winning: High; 1 in 4; 25%

Object of the game: To exchange places of the cards and obtain six columns of Jacks, Queens and Kings in the fewest possible moves.

Solitaire Rules

Tableau (24 cards in 4 rows of 6)

  • Cards may be played to any available gap in the tableau. At the start of the game, there are four gaps in the central tableau column.

  • Cards can be moved according to chess rules as follows:
    King. The King may move one place at a time in any direction: horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
    Queen. The Queen may move any distance in any row or column or diagonally.
    Knight. The Knight (Jack) has a peculiar move as "from corner to diagonally-opposite corner of a rectangle three squares by two"; in other words, a Jack moves one place up, down or sideways plus one place diagonally.

  • All the Jacks, Queens and Kings must be arranged, regardless of suit, the reds at the left and the blacks at the right, as shown in the following scheme:
    Red   Black
    K Q J J Q K
    K Q J J Q K
    K Q J J Q K
    K Q J J Q K

  • You win if all the cards are correctly arranged and your score is 100 points or more.


  • The game starts at: - 52.

  • 10 points are awarded for each card correctly placed.

  • 1 point is deducted for each move.

  • The highest score theoretically obtainable is 188.

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