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Red and Black (Alternate) solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Red and Black | Red and Black (Cadogan) >>

Goal: All 8 aces are set out. Build them up to king in alternating suit color.

Build the 8 piles of the layout down in alternating suit color. Any number of cards from the top of a pile can be moved. Empty piles are filled from the deck.

Turn over one card at a time from the deck, playing the top card to other piles when you can.

Variation of: Red and Black

Difference: There is no redeal. Instead, you are permitted to move sequences within the layout rather than just the top cards.

Morehead & Mott-Smith, and Alphonse Moyse, Jr. suggest this variation if you find it too easy with the redeal. They suggest allowing entire piles to be moved, but newer descriptions have opted to allow any sequence. Moving only part of a pile won't gain anything though, since the card you release will as equally useful as the card you bury.

Helen L. Coops loosely describes this game as a variation of Light and Shade, with unclear rules regarding spaces. Some implementations of these rules allow spaces to be filled at your leisure, allowing you to wait for low cards turned up from the deck so that they don't get buried in the waste pile (and making it nearly impossible to lose).

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

Red and Black (Alternate) solitaire
This is one of 6 layouts for Red and Black (Alternate) in Solitaire Forever II.

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