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Canfield Solitaire

Canfield Solitaire
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  • Family: Canfield-like
  • Deck: Single 52-card
  • Redeals: Unlimited
  • Game time: Medium
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Skill level: Mostly chance
  • Chance of winning: Low - about 1 in 30 games


  • Object of the game: To complete the 4 foundations from the base card to one rank below the base card.
  • For this game you need a standard 52-card deck. Shuffle the deck and then take ten cards and place them in a pile to the left of the table. This is your reserve.
  • Take the next 4 cards from the deck and place them face up in a horizontal line, one next to the other. This is the tableau.
  • Finally take one more card from the pack and place it above the tableau. This will be the "base card" and foundation which will be built up, following suit, from the base card until each foundation has 13 cards.
Game Procedure
  • Available cards on the tableau or the reserve, and of the same rank as the "base card", can be used to establish the other 3 foundations.
  • On the tableau, you can build down in alternating colors.
  • Entire sequences of cards can be moved from one pile to another.
  • If an empty space is created, it is filled with: a card from the reserve, a card from the waste pile or a card from another pile if the reserve and the waste piles are empty.
  • If there are no more possible moves, deal cards from the reserve to the waste pile in groups of three. These cards can be played to the foundations or to the tableau.
  • Cards from the reserve can be played directly to the foundations or to the tableau piles as necessary.
  • When you've exhausted the deck, shuffle and redeal three cards at a time to the waste pile. You can do this unlimited times.
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A game of Canfield in SolSuite Solitaire

A game of Canfield in SolSuite Solitaire

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