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Klondike Solitaire

Klondike Solitaire is considered the most popular solitaire card game - the primary reason when people in North America refer to “Solitaire,” they usually mean playing card games using Klondike rules.

It's one of the easiest-to-learn Solitaire games, but the winning possibility of Klondike Solitaire online isn't high and depends on both strategy and pure luck.


The free Klondike Solitaire game uses only one standard shuffled 52-card deck and consists of 3 playing areas.

The Tableau

At the beginning of the Klondike Solitaire free game, 28 cards are dealt into 7 piles in a horizontal line at the center of the playing field.

Each pile’s number increases by one, meaning there is 1 card on the first pile, 2 cards on the second, and so on. Each pile’s top card is turned face up.

The Stock

All the remaining cards are dealt out face down in a separate area called the Stock or the Reserve.

The Foundations

They are the four empty columns above the Tableau at the beginning of the game.


Players of online Klondike Solitaire games have to fill the Foundation piles using cards of the same suit (hearts, diamonds, spades, or clubs) in ascending sequence (from Ace to King).

The game is won when each Foundation pile of each suit has 13 cards stacked in such order.

How To Play Klondike (Solitaire)

Like most Solitaire card games, there are some legal moves a player can use to achieve the goal above in Solitaire Klondike.

Moving Cards Between Tableau Columns

The most basic step of the building is moving one card from one Tableau column to another, only if it is one rank lower and of the opposite color of the card is being placed on. That is, you can put a 9♥ on a 10♣.

Similarly, multiple cards with alternate colors in a descending sequence could be moved together onto another card in free Solitaire Klondike games, as long as you can keep the order.

For instance, you can freely move a whole sequence of 5♠ 6♥ 7♣ to an 8♦ or 8♥.

Whenever you make a move and expose a face-down card in free Klondike Solitaire games, you can turn the card over.

When a column becomes empty, you can move any King (and all the face-up cards assembled with it) into this slot.

Moving Cards To The Foundation

If an Ace appears, you should move it immediately to an empty pile in the Foundation. It will serve as the first card to help you build a complete stack later.

When a Foundation pile has an Ace, you can start filling it with cards of the same suit from the Tableau.

Keep in mind that, to play Klondike Solitaire, you can only add cards in ascending order (from Ace to King), and the cards you have played into the Foundation can not be moved elsewhere.

Using The Stock

If there aren't any moves you can play, you could utilize the Stock to add more cards.

Turn over one (Klondike Solitaire Turn one) or three cards (Klondike Solitaire Turn 3) of the Stock and make them available for the above moves.

Use another single (Solitaire Klondike Turn one) or three cards if the previous ones couldn't create any additional moves.

If you're out of usable cards in the Stock, turn them face down and do not shuffle. Now you have a new Stock to draw cards from.

A Klondike Solitaire game ends when you've managed to build correct Foundation piles or have exhausted all the moves.