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Grand Duchess solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Granada | Grandfather >>

Goal: Move out an ace of each suit when you can and build them up to king in the same suit. Move out a king of each suit when you can and build them down to ace in the same suit.

Deal a card from the deck to each of 4 piles, plus 2 more cards to a waste, but left face down.

There is no building on the piles, but the 4 top cards are available for play to the ace and king piles.

Repeat until the deck is depleted. The cards in the waste are flipped face up, all available for play to the ace and king piles.

3 redeals are allowed. When no more moves can be made, return all 4 piles and the waste to the deck. On the last redeal, cards are no longer played to the waste.

Variations: Duchess of Luynes, Parisienne

Original rules deal 2 cards to 1 waste pile, but computer apps usually deal 1 card to 2 waste piles so that the cards are less cramped when flipped up and spread out.

Duchess of Luynes is typically listed as an alternate name for Grand Duchess, but its rules are in fact a bit different.

Rules source: Dick's Games of Patience, Dick and Fitzgerald ~ Two-Pack 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 [last redeal includes waste] ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett ~ Card Games for One, Michael Johnstone (Duchess of Luynes) ~ World's Best Card Games for One, Sheila Anne Barry

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