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Chessboard solitaire rules (1 deck of cards)<< Chameleon + | Chinese Solitaire >>

Goal: The first card played to a 'foundation' determines the starting rank. Move out the other 3 cards of the same rank when you can, and build them up to piles of 13 cards in the same suit. Aces play onto kings.

Build the 10 piles of the layout up or down in the same suit. Kings and aces play onto each other. Empty piles can be filled with any card.

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

Also known as: Fives

Variation of: Fortress

Difference: The base rank is the first card played to a foundation rather than always being the ace.

A game of Fortress tends to end early if you don't empty out a pile quickly, sometimes without being able to make a single move. Choosing the base rank yourself can often help get things started in the right direction.

Double Fives is a more elaborate 2-deck variation of this game.

Rules source: 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

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

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