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Canister solitaire rules (1 deck of cards)<< Canfield (Relaxed) | Capricieuse >>

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

Build the 8 piles of the layout down in any suit. You can move a group of cards that are in sequence. Empty piles can be filled with anything.

The rules change according to who you ask. Cavendish and George A. Bonaventure build the layout both up and down, and only allow kings into empty spaces. Helen L. Coops only builds down, and doesn't even mention spaces. She relates it to Forty Thieves though, which allows any card into a space. David Parlett offers no perks. They all move top cards only, not sequences.

Building upward in the layout is bad because you block lower cards that need to get out first. The piles are dealt a lot of cards, so creating an empty space is rare, and it won't help much if you can only put a king into it.

You only have the tops of 8 piles to work with, and a lot of buried cards to release. Strict rules don't allow much to happen. Most modern implementations allow anything into empty spaces, and sequences to be moved.

Still yet, most random deals won't produce many moves before the game is blocked. These same implementations increase the available moves by building the layout via any suit rather than alternating color, the original rule.

Rules source: Patience Games with Examples Played Through, Cavendish ~ Games of Solitaire, George A. Bonaventure ~ 100 Games of Solitaire, Helen L. Coops ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett ~ Pretty Good Solitaire, Goodsol Development

Canister solitaire
This is one of 5 layouts for Canister in Solitaire Forever II.

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