Klondike Solitaire Instructions

Play Klondike Solitaire

Version 1.05 (Mar 16 2000) Copyright © 1999-2000 Andrew Pipkin apipkin@pagesz.net


The goal of Klondike solitaire is to place all the cards in each suit in stacks of ascending rank. Stacks of cards with alternating colors in descending rank can be built in the bottom half of the screen as an intermediate step.


There are three areas of the screen:

Moving Cards

To move a card, click on the card (which will highlight it) and then click on the destination stack. The following are valid moves:
  1. An ace can be moved to its suit stack. (This will usually be done automatically.)
  2. A card at the top of a stack can be moved to its corresponding suit stack if the rank of the card at the top of that stack is one less than the card's rank (Kings have a rank of 13, queens 12, jacks 11 and an ace has a rank of 1).
  3. A king can be moved to an empty space.
  4. A card can be moved from the deck, a suit stack, or a building stack to a source stack if the card at the top of the destination stack has a different color from and a value one more than the card.
  5. Ordered cards at the bottom of a building stack can be moved to another building stack if there is a card in the ordered sequence which has a different color and a rank one less than the card at the top of the destination stack.

A card will be automatically moved to the suit stacks from the deck and building stacks if the cards which might be placed on top of it are already in the suit stacks. Clicking undo will retract an automatic move.


Clicking on these buttons will perform the following actions:

New Game
Begin a new game after shuffling the deck
Return to the original state of the current game
Return to the condition before the previous move was
Bring up a window with the following options:
Number of cards drawn
This option determines the number of cards which are turned up from the deck at a time. The number can vary from 1 to 5, with 3 the default.
Number of redeals
This sets the additional number of passes which can be made through the deck
Starting rank
This option sets the rank of the cards at the tops of the suit stacks at the start of the game. A new game must be started for this option to take effect. Increasing this value will result in an easier game.
Empty spaces accept
This option enables empty building stacks to accept cards other than kings.
Display deck contents
Setting this option will display a listing of the deck, highlighting the available card. After the initial pass through the deck, upcoming cards will be displayed above the current card, with the accessible cards appearing in the rightmost column. Occasionally it is beneficial to refrain from removing a card from the deck because it will a set up a better order in the subsequent pass through the deck. Listing the deck will show when these instances occur.
Automatic card moving
When this box is set (which is the default), a card atop a building stack will be moved to its suit stack automatically if there are no cards available which might be placed on top of it.


Version 1.05
(2000/3/16) Right-clicking added.
Version 1.04 (2000/2/08)
Starting rank option added.
Version 1.03 (2000/1/23)
Options added.
Version 1.02 (2000/1/4)
Modified to work in Java 1.0 browsers
Version 1.01 (1999/12/24)
Various cosmetic improvements such as rounded corners and "ghost" cards in empty suit stacks.
Version 1.0 (1999/12/03)
First public release