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Game Features

Try to win a Russian Solitaire game. It's a tricky game to beat! You need to create four foundation piles in sequence. 

Build the four foundation piles up in suit from Ace to King. Within the tableau, cards or groups of cards can be moved: the cards below the one to be moved do not need to be in any order, except that the starting and target cards must be built down in sequence and in suit. Spaces in the tableau can be filled with any card. Top cards of tableau piles and cards from the Free Cells are available for play. You can build tableau piles down and on suit. Only one card at a time can be moved (but you can move group of cards in the proper sequence if you have enough free Cells and/or tableau piles). The top card of any tableau pile can also be moved to any Free Cell. Each Free Cell may contain only one card. Cards in the cells can be moved to the foundation piles or back to the tableau piles, if possible.

Guide To Russian Solitaire

The aim of Russian Solitaire is to build foundation piles from Ace to King. 

In this article, we'll look at: 

The History Of Russian Solitaire

The origins of Russian Solitaire are unknown, but it was likely created at the same time as its sister game Yukon, around 1910. 

Russian Solitaire is a very similar in layout and gameplay to Yukon. The main difference from Yukon is that you build by suit.

Whatever the origins, Russian Solitaire remains a very challenging and popular one deck solitaire game. 

How To Play Russian Solitaire

Russian Solitaire uses one deck of 52 cards. 

There are seven tableau piles. The number  of cards per pile increases from one to seven, and from left to right. The top card is turned face up. Four additional cards are then dealt, face up, onto each of the six piles on the right. There are four foundation piles.

The goal of Russian solitaire is to move all the cards to the right four spaces. These spaces are called foundations. Each foundation begins with an Ace, upon which you add cards in ascending order up to the King. 

You must follow suit.  

In Russian Solitaire,  you can pull cards from the middle of any stack regardless of how it is ordered.  When stacking cards, you must have the same suit and the card must be one rank lower. 

Keep moving cards back and forth until you can get all the cards over onto the foundations or you run out of moves. Aces are moved to the foundations as they become available.

Any face up card in the tableaus can be moved to further a build. All the cards covering it are moved together as a unit. 

It is rare to win this game. The average player wins only 5% of the time. Good players can win 10-20% of the time. 

Russian Solitaire Strategy

To win Russian Solitaire, you must expose all of the face-down cards. There may be moves which do not help to expose cards, or fill the foundation, however these do little to increase the chances of winning the game. 

Avoid emptying a tableau column until you are ready to fill it with a King. If you can't use the column it will limit your options. 

At times, some columns cannot be exposed. Either a card in the sequence is missing, or a card you need is already being used. When this happens, move onto the next column. 

FAQs

How many cards are used in Russian Solitaire? 

Russian Solitaire uses one standard deck of 52 cards.

Are Aces high in Russian Solitaire? 

In Russian Solitaire, Kings are high and Aces are low. 

Is Russian Solitaire harder than Yukon?

Yes, it is generally considered to be a harder game given you must follow suit. Also, in Yukon, you can play a “Yukon” if you cannot follow suit.

What are alternative versions of Russian Solitaire?

There are many close versions to Russian Solitaire. These include: 

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