Gate solitaire rules (1 deck of cards)<< Gargantua | General's Patience >>
Goal: Move out the aces when you can and build them up to king in the same suit.
10 cards are set aside as the 'posts', 5 in a column on either side. The cards are spread out, but only the bottom card is available for play.
A layout of 8 piles sits between the 2 posts, typically in 2 rows ('rails' or 'bars'), dealt 1 card each.
Build the 8 piles of the layout down in alternating suit color. Empty piles can be filled with the bottom card from either post. Once the posts are empty, spaces may be filled from the deck.
You can only move one card at a time, or an entire pile of cards. You can not move only part of a pile. 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.
George A. Bonaventure only allows top cards to move, not entire piles. He also adds a redeal. He also states "Replace vacancies made in the Auxiliaries [rails] or the Reserves [posts]". Perhaps that was a typo that should have read "from the Reserves".
Helen L. Coops also adds a redeal, but then mentions that it can be removed to increase the challenge, as well as removing a pile from each of the 2 rails.
Rules source: 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. ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett
This is one of 8 layouts for Gate in Solitaire Forever II.
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