Double Solitaire

OBJECTIVE OF DOUBLE SOLITAIRE: The objective is to move all cards from the tableau and from the stockpile into four build piles.


NUMBER OF CARDS: 52 card deck each

RANK OF CARDS:  K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, A 

TYPE OF GAME: Solitaire (Patience) games 

AUDIENCE: Teens and Adults


This is the competitive version of Solitaire. This game is also referred to as Double Klondike.


Each player has a separate 52 card deck with different backs so that they may be differentiated.

The Tableau

Each player deals their layout- 28 cards in seven piles. Cards are dealt face-down with the top card face up. The pile to the farthest left has a single card, the second pile has two cards, the third three, and so on until the pile to the farthest right (the seventh pile) has seven cards. Between the two player’s layouts are four foundation piles that may be played upon by either player.

The cards that remain form a stockpile.

This game can be played by taking turns OR racing to see who finishes first. Generally, Double Solitaire is understood as taking turns. However, follow the rules for traditional Solitaire, linked above, if players choose to race. The first player who finishes wins.


The player with the lower ranking face-up card on their single card pile (the pile to the farthest left) starts the game.

On your turn, make moves like you would in Solitaire. You may move your cards around your layout, move them to the foundation piles, or remove them from your discard. Your turn ends when you cannot or will not make any more moves, this is indicated by turning over the face-down card from your stock and discarding it. 

The game finishes when one player is able to play all their cards to the foundation piles or if both players are unable to make any more moves. If the game ends due to blockage, the player who has added the most cards to the foundation piles wins.





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