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Backbone (Relaxed) solitaire rules (2 separated card decks)<< Backbone | Baker's Dozen >>

Goal: Move out the aces when you can and build them up to king in the same suit.

A 'backbone' is dealt into 2 columns of 11 cards each, with the tops of the cards tilted outward. A card is placed across both ends as the 'tailbone' (coccyx). Exposed cards are available for play; just the tailbone at first, then the 2 end cards of the backbone.

Any aces that come up during the deal are moved out and replaced by another card. If the tailbone is a king, it is replaced by another card.

8 'rib' cards are dealt, 4 along each side of the backbone. Build the ribs down in the same suit. Empty spaces can be filled with any card.

You can only move one card at a time. Each empty rib doubles the number of cards you can move, since multiple moves would allow it.

Turn over 1 card at a time from the deck, playing the top card if you can. 1 redeal is allowed, returning the waste pile back to the deck.

Variation of: Backbone

Difference: 2 more cards are dealt to the backbone. Spaces in the ribs can be filled by any available card.

David Parlett created this variation, feeling that the backbone should be able to fill empty spaces. He doesn't state that an empty rib can be filled from another rib, but it makes sense, since ribs can play to each other. He does insist that spaces be filled immediately, though it's not enforced here.

Rules source: The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett ~ BVS Solitaire Collection, BVS Development ~ Pretty Good Solitaire, Goodsol Development (no redeal)

Backbone (Relaxed) solitaire
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