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Solitaire, the origins of a great card game classic

There are many games that use cards. Some of them are based on the traditional card game with a classic 52-card structure, others are from original creations, such as the famous Magic license. The alternatives are numerous but just by staying in the first category, there are already a lot of variations. Tarot, bearded, queen of spades, smelly, president, today we are focusing on free spider solitaire, ideal to remind you that we have a board game section.

The origins of Solitaire

Each card game has its story. There are many theories as to their origins and Solitaire is no exception. Most theories tell us that he was originally from France, especially because many terms are in the language of Molière. It would also appear that Napoleon would have played a lot of Solitaire during his exile, explaining why some variants take the name Napoleon's Square and Napoleon at St. Helena.

Renowned for its physical format, the Solitaire also gained popularity with the release of the first computers 25 years ago. The game was indeed included on most Windows operating systems and is still included today for many devices. Known as the Klondike, he was often seen alongside Spider Solitaire or Freecell. Many people played it when they first discovered the computer (or during boring moments at work).

This is why Solitaire is one of the great classics of the card game but also one of the most famous. There are still a lot of services offering to try your hand at practice, including websites where Spider Solitaire Online is played in different ways. No need to download any software, you can play it online and for free, directly from the browser.

How to play Solitaire?

The rules of Solitaire are particularly affordable, which makes it a game accessible to all and a great pastime. Everyone knows the objectives directly or indirectly: with a pack of 52 cards, 28 are distributed across 7 columns. The first consists of a single face up card, the second of a face down card and a face up card, the third of 2 face down cards and one face up card, and so on.

The goal will then be to form 4 piles of cards where each of them includes cards of the same symbol which must be sorted in ascending order. Each stack must start with an ace and each card you put down must be lower than the card you put it on. If it is no longer possible to play, you will have to take a card from the draw pile. You can then place it either in your symbol stack or in one of the columns. If that can't be done, draw a new card.

The games end when you have managed to have 4 complete symbol stacks. If you end up drawing all the cards without having any chance to place them, you have lost. In short, a concept yet simple on paper, but ultimately deep enough to torture our brains for a while.