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Russian Solitaire

Move all cards to the 4 foundations at the top by suit from A to K.


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About Russian Solitaire

Russian Solitaire is a close relative of the original Klondike layout and plays much the same as Yukon Solitaire. In fact, the only difference between Yukon and Russian is the fact that building must kept to the same suit. Not a major difference, but one that definitely makes this game much more of a challenge.

Card layout

Russian Solitaire plays with a deck of 52 cards, however, unlike other versions of solitaire there is no stock. Seven columns are laid out, overlapping and ascending in order. The second column from the left has one card face down; the third column has two cards face down, and so on. The column furthest left will have one card face up.

On each of the face down columns, a further four cards are placed face up and overlapping. Only the top card can be played. At the top of the screen are the foundations.

Objective

The aim of Russian Solitaire is simple: to build ascending sequences of cards - from Ace to King - in the foundations. Completing this task can be anything but simple.

Playing the game

To begin building in the foundations you will need to expose the Ace cards; this can be done by moving cards between columns. Cards can be moved either individually or in groups, however, can only be built onto a card that is of the higher in rank by one and of the same suit. For example, the 4 of Spades can be built onto the 5 of Spades but not the 5 of Clubs. When moving a group, it matters only that the sequence is correct between the two joining cards.

If a face down card becomes exposed it can be turned over, making it playable. When there are gaps in the columns, a space can be filled only by a King. Exposing the face down cards in Russian Solitaire is essential to stand any chance of winning; every move made must be done so with the aim of bringing these cards in to play.

A game is won when all cards are in the foundations. A game is over when moves are no longer possible. Russian Solitaire requires a great deal of thought, concentration and the obvious slice of luck to win. Grab your Ushanka and give it a go!

  

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