How to Play Solitaire: A Step-by-Step Guide

Solitaire, also known as Patience, is a classic card game that has been enjoyed by millions of people around the world for centuries. Whether you’re looking to pass the time or challenge your mind, Solitaire is a great game to play. In this detailed guide, we will walk you through the rules and strategies of playing Solitaire.

Setting Up the Game

To start playing Solitaire, you’ll need a standard deck of 52 playing cards. Shuffle the deck thoroughly and then follow these steps to set up the game:

1. Deal out seven columns of cards in front of you from left to right. The first column should have one card face up, the second column should have two cards (one face down and one face up), and so on until the seventh column has seven cards (one face down and six face up).

2. Place the remaining cards facedown in a pile next to the columns. This pile is called the stockpile.

3. Turn over the top card of the stockpile and place it next to it. This will be your first card in the waste pile.

Objective of the Game

The goal of Solitaire is to build four foundation piles, one for each suit (hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades), starting with an Ace and ending with a King.


1. Move cards between columns: You can move cards between columns in descending order and alternating colors (e.g., red-black-red-black). For example, if there’s a black 10 on top of a red Jack in one column, you can move them onto a red Queen in another column.

2. Build foundation piles: As you uncover Aces from the columns or waste pile, place them in separate foundation piles at the top right corner. Then build on these foundation piles sequentially by adding cards of matching suits in ascending order (e.g., Ace-2-3-4-5).

3. Use empty columns: If any column becomes empty during gameplay, you can fill it with any King or a sequence starting with a King.

4. Draw from stockpile: When there are no more moves available on the tableau (columns), draw three cards from the stockpile into your hand at once. You can only use the top card; once it’s used or moved to waste pile, reveal another card below.

5. Win condition: The game is won when all four foundation piles are complete with each suit arranged from Ace to King.

Strategies for Winning

– Always prioritize moving Aces and Deuces into foundation piles early.
– Try not to fill up columns too quickly as it limits your movement options.
– Keep track of which cards are buried underneath others so you can plan ahead.
– Don’t rush through drawing new cards; consider all possible moves before drawing more.
– Aim to uncover hidden cards strategically rather than randomly flipping over new ones.

By following these rules and strategies while playing Solitaire, you’ll increase your chances of winning and enjoy this timeless card game even more!