DogMelon

Classic Solitaire: Alaska Solitaire

Alaska Solitaire is very similar to Klondike Solitaire. The main difference is that cards sequences are built with one color, rather than alternating colors

Aim:

The aim of Alaska Solitaire is to build ascending suit sequences, in the foundation zone.

How to Play:


The opening tableau has:

  • 7 manoeuvre stacks, of increasing length
  • 4 foundation stacks, and
  • the talon.


In the manoeuvre zone, form descending sequences of the same color. Multiple cards forming a run can be moved at once.


At any time, flip cards from the talon. Where possible, move these cards into the manoeuvre zone, or directly into the foundation zone. If, during the course of play, a manoeuvre stack becomes empty, any card can be moved onto it.


You may cycle through the talon an unlimited number of times.


Differences to Klondike

There are 3 differences between Alaska and Klondike...

1- In Alaska suit sequences are built with the same color. In Klondike, the colors alternate.

2- In Alaska any card can be moved into an empty column. In Klondike it must be a king.

3- In Alaska, all the cards are visible in the tableau. In Klondike, some of the cards are covered.


Example:

Suppose that the initial deal looks like this:


Alaska Solitaire 1


The following moves are possible:

  • Ace of Spades (and then the 2 of Spades) can be moved immediately to the foundation.
  • 10 of Diamonds onto the Jack of Diamonds.
  • 3 of Hearts onto the 4 of Diamonds.


Doing all these moves would lead to here...

Alaska Solitaire 2


You could now move the 9 of spades onto the 10 of spades, and then the 10 of spades onto the Jack of Clubs, to free the Ace of Hearts.


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