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British Square solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Bristol | Buffalo Bill >>

Goal: Move out an ace of each suit when you can and build them up to king in the same suit. Then place the other king on top and build back down to ace.

Build the 16 piles of the layout up or down in the same suit. You can not change direction within the same pile. Only the top card of a pile may be moved. Empty piles can only be filled from the deck.

Turn over 1 card at a time from the deck, playing the top card to other piles when you can.

Also known as: Solid Square, Square

Helen L. Coops was the first to call this British Square, and the first to state that piles in the layout mustn't change direction.

Take care not to build the same card twice in the same direction within the layout, or only one of the two piles will make it to the foundation. It's better to leave a card in the waste pile than to build it twice in the same direction.

Many descriptions fill empty spaces immediately, and that was okay before the decision was made that piles can't change direction. With that, it's better to wait and fill them manually. If a card turns up whose twin is already built, you might need to place it into a space in order to build onto it in the other direction.

Rules source: Lady Cadogan's Illustrated Games of Solitaire or Patience, Adelaide Cadogan (The Square) ~ Dick's Games of Patience - Second Series, Dick and Fitzgerald (The Solid Square) ~ Solitaire and Patience, George Hapgood (The Square) ~ Two-Pack Games of Solitaire, George A. Bonaventure (The Solid Square) ~ 100 Games of Solitaire, Helen L. Coops ~ The Complete Book of Solitaire & Patience Games, Albert H. Morehead & Geoffrey Mott-Smith ~ 150 Ways to play Solitaire, Alphonse Moyse, Jr. ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett ~ World's Best Card Games for One, Sheila Anne Barry

British Square solitaire
This is one of 6 layouts for British Square in Solitaire Forever II.

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