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Gavotte

Game info: Two-Deck game type; 2 decks (104 cards); no redeal

  • Game time: Long
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Skill level: Moderate
  • Chance of winning: Medium; about 1 in 5; 20%

Object of the game: Move all the cards to the foundations.

Solitaire Rules

Foundations (8 piles: complete these piles to win the game)

  • There are two foundation columns (the left and the right), each containing 4 cards.

  • Foundations can be whatever cards you choose, but you must select any two consecutive ranks.

  • For example, if you choose a 10 for the left columns, you must choose a Jack for the right column.

  • Build the foundations up in suit by twos from the base cards until each pile contains 13 cards.

  • For example, if the left column starts with a 10, the sequence will be: 10, Q, A, 3, 5, 7, 9, J, K, 2, 4, 6, 8.

Reserve (2 rows of 4 cards each, called the "rails")

  • Build down in alternating colors (for example, a 10Spades Suit can be played on a JackHeart Suit).

  • An entire built unit of cards in the proper sequence may be moved in whole to another tableau pile.

  • Spaces are filled starting with the bottom card of the reserve and working upwards.After the reserve is exhausted, spaces are filled from the waste.

Reserve

  • There are two reserve wings (the left and the right), each containing 16 cards.

  • The two wings have different rules: one will have filled spaces, the other one will be diminishing.

  • By moving the first card, you decide which wing will be the filled or the diminishing one.

  • If the first card moved is from the lowest row of a wing, that wing will be the diminishing one.

  • If the first card moved is from the first, second or third row of a wing, that wing will be the filled one.

Filled Reserve (16 cards in 4 rows of 4)

  • All these cards are available for play to the foundations.

  • Each pile can contain only one card.

  • No building on these piles.

  • Spaces are automatically filled from the waste, or if empty, from the stock.

Diminishing Reserve (16 cards in 4 rows of 4)

  • Only the cards in the bottom row are initially available for play to the foundations.

  • The cards in the rows above them may only be played as they are exposed.

  • Each pile can contain only one card.

  • No building on these piles.

  • Spaces cannot be filled.

Stock

  • Turn up one card at a time from the stock to the waste by clicking.

  • There is no redeal.

Waste (One pile)

  • The top card is available for play to the foundations.

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