Solitaire Strategy

1. Expose Larger Stacks First

When you want to locate a hidden card to be made public, it is always recommended that you select a column with a large stack of paper behind its current face card. Eliminating these columns of hidden cards as quickly as possible always has a better chance to display useful cards, which you can use to build piles of display cards.

2. Don’t Empty a Spot Without a King!

Many players will make the rookie mistake of emptying tableau spots or piles just to remove all the cards from that slot. But if you don’t have a King to put into that spot, the space will simply remain empty, as only kings can fill those spaces. This basically blocks off an entire column of play until you get lucky enough to reveal a King from your other cards.

3. Always Keep Color in Mind when Filling a Space

Choosing a red or black King to fill an empty spot is a big decision. It dictates the color order for that pile for the rest of the game. Carefully consider what Queen and Jack cards you have available to ensure easy stacking going forward.

4. Turn Up the First Deck Card First

It seems simple, but many players make the mistake of starting to turn the pile and moving the cards around on the screen, and then flip the first hidden card in the upper deck. In fact, you should always present this card when you present it, as it provides an additional set of options for building the base platform (the four slots at the top of the desktop) or for building the piles below. In playing cards, more choices are always better.

5. Don’t Always Build Ace Stacks

This might seem counterintuitive, but moving cards to the upper Ace foundations or stacks above the main tableau can actually cause you problems if you need those cards to maneuver your piles below. Always think carefully before building your Ace stacks, as cards that you move into those stacks cannot always be recovered and might lock you into a lose condition if you aren’t careful. This is especially prevalent in the late game.

6. Don’t Move Cards for No Reason

It’s always tempting to shuffle cards from pile to pile and slowly build them up, but locking valuable cards of varying colors behind lower cards is often a recipe for locking yourself out of victory. Generally speaking, you should only ever move cards when there’s a clear benefit or to reveal a hidden card. Don’t do it just to build piles.

7. Play the Ace or Two

Whenever you reveal an Ace or Two from the stockpile, play them, instead of drawing more cards from the stockpile. It’s considered one of the best moves in the game. First, the Aces can always go to the foundation, and then the two or deuces will likely follow shortly after.

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