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Classic Solitaire: Josephine Solitaire

Josephine Solitaire is a popular 2 deck solitaire game, that can be won most the time with some careful thought. In many ways it feels a bit like an easier version of Corona.

Aim:

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

How to Play:

The tableau contains:

  • a manoeuvre zone with 10 stacks of 4 cards.
  • 8 foundation stacks on the left and right sides of the screen.
  • A stock in the top left corner.


In the manoeuvre zone, form descending same-suit sequences.


In the foundation stacks, form ascending sequences of the same suit.


Multiple cards can be moved at once, as long as the the cards are a same-suit sequence.


An empty column in the manoeuvre can be filled with any card (or sequence).


Cards can be dealt from the talon at any time. There are no recycles.


Josephine Solitaire Strategy:

Look for low cards trapped by higher cards. You will want to move the higher cards somehow. Particularly look for Kings- they will need to be either cleared to the foundation, or moved to an empty column, to access the cards above.


Sometimes you should not place a card from the stock. You may be better not playing the card- if there is an equivalent card blocking other cards in the tableau.


Josephine Solitaire Example:

Suppose that the initial josephine solitaire deal looks like this:


Josephine Solitaire 1
The start of josephine solitaire deal #1...


Notice the two Aces that are trapped- we will want to more (or clear), the Jack of Clubs and 10 of Spades as soon as possible to get access to these Aces.


We would probably start by moving the 10 of Clubs...


Josephine Solitaire 2


The first card we deal out is the Ace of Clubs...


Josephine Solitaire 3


We can play this to the foundation straight away. Later on a Queen of Clubs can be played from the stock...


Josephine Solitaire 4


Which allows us to move the Jack, 10, 9 sequence, and clear the Ace of spades...


Josephine Solitaire 5



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