Understanding the Rules of the Klondike Game

Klondike is a classic card game that has been around since the late 19th century. It is a solitaire game that can be played by one person or with multiple players. The goal of the game is to move all of the cards from the tableau to the foundations, in order, from ace to king. While it may seem simple, there are some important rules and strategies to know when playing Klondike.

Tableau Setup

The first step in playing Klondike is setting up the tableau. This consists of seven piles of cards, with one card face up in each pile and six cards face down. The top card in each pile is available for play and can be moved to another pile or to a foundation. The remaining six cards in each pile are not available for play until all of the cards above them have been moved.

Foundations Setup

The foundations are four piles located at the top of the tableau. Each foundation must start with an Ace and then build up in numerical order from there, ending with a King. Cards can only be moved to a foundation if they are one higher than the card already on the foundation. For example, if there is a 4 on a foundation, then only a 5 can be placed on top of it.

Gameplay Strategies


When playing Klondike, it’s important to think ahead and plan your moves carefully. Look for opportunities to move cards from one pile to another or from one pile to a foundation. If you find yourself stuck without any moves available, you can move any card from one pile onto another as long as it follows suit and is one lower than the card it’s being placed on top of (e.g., an 8 can be placed on top of a 9). You should also try to keep an eye out for empty piles that you can fill with any card from another pile or from a foundation.

By following these rules and strategies, you’ll be well on your way to mastering Klondike. With practice and patience, you’ll soon become an expert at this classic game.


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