Contradance solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Congress | Corner Patience >>
Goal: All 8 fives and all 8 sixes are set out. Build the fives down to ace in the same suit, topped with the king. Build the sixes up to queen in the same suit.
Turn over 1 card at a time from the deck, playing the top card to other piles when you can.
1 redeal is allowed, returning the waste pile back to the deck.
Also known as: Cotillion (or Cotillon), Round Dance
This is like a 2-deck version of Captive Queens. The game is also just as simple, merely turning over cards to play to the foundations.
You're completely at the mercy of the random deal, as the outcome can hardly be changed. If you're willing to keep careful track of the cards, it can sometimes help to leave a card in the waste near the end of the deck, so that its twin near the start of the redeal can be released. Wins come very seldomly, but will reward you with a full circle of dance partners.
Rules source: Dick's Games of Patience, Dick and Fitzgerald ~ Le Livre Illustre des Patiences, Comtesse de Blanccoeur (Le Cotillon) ~ The Illustrated Book of Patience Games, Professor Hoffman (Cotillon) ~ Games of Solitaire, George A. Bonaventure ~ 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. ~ 150 Solitaire Games, Douglas Brown (The Round Dance) ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett (Cotillion) ~ World's Best Card Games for One, Sheila Anne Barry (Cotillion)
This is one of 7 layouts for Contradance in Solitaire Forever II.
Back to top