Diplomat solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Dieppe | Divorce >>
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. 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.
Turn over 1 card at a time from the deck, playing the top card to other piles when you can.
Variations: Lady Palk, Rows of Four
Diplomat and Rows of Four are often thought to be the same game. Descriptions sometimes intertwine their differences.
Diplomat has no redeals. Rows of Four has 2. Some people average it to 1. Diplomat is not meant to have any redeals. It's added to Rows of Four in exchange for only allowing kings into empty spaces.
Cavendish lists almost the same game as "Spread Eagle", where only a king can fill an empty space from another pile, but no restriction when filling it from the deck.
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
This is one of 7 layouts for Diplomat in Solitaire Forever II.
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