Do you love playing solitaire online, but hate losing to the computer every other game? Have you been looking for a way to get one up on those flipped cards and their smug secrets, but don’t know where to start?
Not to worry: in today’s article, we show you how to win at solitaire, confidently, with skills you can use online and in person, whenever you like.
For the sake of our first tip, today, we’ll be starting with a brief explanation of what the different cards are called in this solitaire strategy.
“Down cards” are the cards with their faces down, in rows on the table in front of you. These rows we’ll “end piles” or “columns”. “Up cards”, meanwhile, are the single cards at the end of each stack with their faces up. The deck refers to your remaining deck of cards. Stacks are the piles of upwards facing cards you add to to win the game.
Good to go? Alright, well then let’s start off with the simplest but most fundamental tip in all of solitaire, on or offline.
The Golden Rule
There are many strategies out there for winning the game of solitaire.
Some are better than others. Every set of solitaire tips should start with this, however: If you have to choose between a card from the deck or freeing a down card, choose the down card. Choose it every single time. Always remember that the more cards you have currently in play, the easier the job of finishing the game becomes. And cards in the deck, while tempting to play, can always be cycled back to later on.
Always aim for even stacks when high solitaire scoring is your aim. These open up the board and give you more opportunities to form score chains and end the game.
You might find, once you’ve moved and realized you could have evened these out better, it’s impossible to take your cards back from the end piles. Don’t worry – it happens. At this point, just make sure that any cards you add to these end piles wouldn’t be better used to free your down cards. If freeing down cards is your number one priority, try to free cards from the bigger stacks of downcards first.
Whittle down bigger piles in situations where you have to free up down cards from two possible piles. Remember, you’re evening up these rows, and keep this in mind even if you have to initially move a card from a smaller row to free up a bigger one.
A Note On Kings
Kings are obviously important in solitaire, as they dominate your free spaces. It’s important to keep these available to open up when a king comes along. If you don’t have a king ready, don’t move a card out of an empty slot. This is the first move players make on their way to running out of moves.
Next comes the decision of which king to play, when you do free up a slot. Always try to choose the king that will help you free up the longest pile of downcards. And remember: it doesn’t hurt to think two steps into the future. If your king only has a black ten to follow it up, play a red king, so that when a black queen and a red jack come along, the cards will fall into place.
Stacks Of Aces
If “how to get high score in solitaire” is something you Google, often, this next tip will get you where you want to go, fast!
Play aces and twos to your stack as soon as you get them, but then immediately become very choosy about what you add next. Look at any card you consider moving to the stack and ask yourself: “Will this interfere with my ability to play other cards, later on?”
Of particular importance is safeguarding your option to play a deuce. You want these available in case you need to “loosen up” the board, so be wary of playing a three to these stacks until you’ve gotten all the twos.
And look for options to use a “stack move” to free up your board. If you’re on the fence about whether to add a card to the stacks, look at the cards behind it and see if they interact with each other in any interesting ways. You might find a potential chain reaction that frees up multiple down cards.
The Secret Of Five, Six, Seven, and Eight
Every game has its weak points. Play enough Tetris and you’ll learn to store your long red blocks. Finish Monopoly enough times and you get a feel for where to put hotels.
The same kind of logic works for learning how to beat solitaire. It comes in the form of four “middling cards”. These are cards that hold up the scaffolding of your game and can send you straight for losersville if you play them too eagerly.
They are five, six, seven, and eight. If you want to use them in any way, always make sure you’re meeting at least one of the following criteria:
- Your card matches the suit (not the color) of the next higher up card in the same color. What this means is, if you’re considering playing a seven of clubs on an eight of hearts, the next nine up should be a nine of clubs, specifically. This helps to prevent jamming.
- The card either enables you to free a down card, straight up or allows you to put a play into place that will free a down card in a move or two.
- If the card is being played to this particular column for the first time.
- It’s the only move you can actually make.
How To Win At Solitaire: A Guide To Beating Yourself
Solitaire is a game that’s kept bored campers and aunts on Sunday afternoons busy for many years and will be around long after many of us are gone. It’s perennial, but like any good game, it can be a bit of a challenge.
Hopefully, with our expert tips and hints, you’ll be better equipped the next time you start flipping cards like you’re at a tarot reading for one. And they’re easily transferred to online solitaire, so if you can win on old-fashioned cards, you can win anywhere!
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