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General's Patience solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Gate | German Patience >>

Goal: Four cards are dealt from which you must choose one to be the starting rank for the 'foundation' piles. Move out the other 7 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.

13 cards are set aside as the 'reserve', with the top card available for play only to the foundation piles. Examine these cards before deciding on the starting rank.

Once the starting rank has been chosen, 6 more cards are dealt to join the remaining 3 cards. Build the 9 piles of the layout down in alternating suit color. Kings play onto aces.

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 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. At this point you can no longer discard to a waste pile. Only the top card can be played. The game ends if it can not be played.

Also known as: Thirteen

Variation of: Queen of Italy

Difference: The foundation piles are built by matching suits rather than by alternate suit color. The reserve is dealt 13 cards rather than 11. Spaces can be filled from the layout. You get one redeal, but the top card must be played before the next card can be turned.

Newer descriptions copy Queen of Italy too closely and continue to fill empty spaces from the deck. They can, in fact, also be filled from the layout. You don't want to make this tough game any harder.

Some newer descriptions change both the foundation and the layout to build by matching suits, but only the foundation changes. The layout continues to build by alternating suit color.

Rules source: Games of Patience - 4th Series, Miss Whitmore Jones ~ The Complete Patience Book, Basil Dalton ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett ~ World's Best Card Games for One, Sheila Anne Barry

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