Dutchess solitaire rules (1 deck of cards)<< Duchess of Luynes | Dutchess (Relaxed) >>
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.
4 fans of 3 cards each are dealt. There is no building on these cards. The top card of each fan is available for play. It is from one of these fans that the first card must be chosen.
4 more cards are dealt to begin the layout. Build the layout down in alternating suit color. Only entire piles may be moved onto other piles. You can't move a partial pile. Kings play onto aces.
Empty piles are filled from the fans. If the fans are empty, then empty piles may be filled from the deck.
Turn over one card at a time from the deck, playing the top card to other piles when you can.
One redeal is allowed, returning the waste pile back to the deck.
Also known as: Duchess, Glenwood
Variations: Dutchess (Relaxed)
This game is like Canfield with the reserve split into 4 piles. More available cards makes things easier, so there is a limit of one redeal.
Unlike Canfield, you get some choice in deciding the starting rank. This makes things a bit like a 1-deck variation of Queen of Italy.
This game is called both Dutchess and Duchess. Morehead & Mott-Smith are credited for inventing this game, and they call it Dutchess.
Rules source: The Complete Book of Solitaire & Patience Games, Albert H. Morehead & Geoffrey Mott-Smith ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett ~ World's Best Card Games for One, Sheila Anne Barry ~ Collins Patience Card Games, Trevor Day and The Diagram Group ~ Solavant Solitaire, Smallware ~ Solitaire Till Dawn, Semicolon Software
This is one of 6 layouts for Dutchess in Solitaire Forever II.
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