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Game Features

Move all cards to the 4 foundations in suit up from the the first card dealt to the first pile, wrapping from King to Ace. On the tableau build down in alternating color. Click on the stock (top left) to deal a new card.

Similar to Classic Solitaire, the goal is to move all the cards to the four foundation piles. 

Guide To Canfield

Canfield is played with a single deck of 52 cards. You win by building up all four foundations to 13 cards. 

In this article, we'll look at: 

The History Of Canfield

Canfield Solitaire originated in the 1890's. It may have started as a gambling game in Saratoga Springs where players purchased a deck for $50 and being paid back at $5 per card moved to the foundation.

The game is based on Patience, a game that appeared in the 1700s across northern Europe. In the United States, the game arrived around 1870, so Canfield was a fairly early adaptation. 

How To Play Canfield

Canfield uses a standard 52 card deck.

Deal thirteen cards and set them down face-up. Only  reveal the top card. This pile is known as “the reserve”.

Take the next card from the deck and place it on the table face up. This is the first foundation. The other three cards of the same rank will be the other three foundations. Take the next four cards from the deck and place them on the table in a row below the foundation, face up. This is the start of your tableau.

Place the remaining cards on the table, face down. This is the draw pile. 


The top card from the reserve is always available for play on a foundation or a pile in the tableau. 

Cards are added to the foundations in ascending order. Cards added to a foundation must be the same suit as all previous cards on that foundation.

Cards may be added to the tableau in descending order in alternating colors. Use this stockpile to replenish. 

To move cards from one tableau pile to another, you can only move the entire pile. When space is available in the tableau, use the top card from the reserve to fill that space.

When the reserve  pile is exhausted, pick up the discard pile and turn it face down, without shuffling it. This becomes a new reserve pile. Unlike some other versions of Solitaire, there are no limits to the number of times you can do this. 

You win by building up all four foundations to 13 cards.


How many cards are used in Canfield? 

A single standard deck of 52 cards. 

How Do You Beat Canfield Solitaire?

To win, you must have all 52 cards separated by suit and placed in ascending order from the foundation card. 

What are the chances of winning Canfield Solitaire? 

This is a difficult game to win. Around 3% of all games are winnable. 

What are alternative versions of Canfield?

There are many close versions to Canfield. These include: 

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