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Virginia Reel Solitaire

2 decks. Difficult. No redeal.

Virginia Reel Solitaire
Virginia Reel Solitaire
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This solitaire uses two decks (104 cards). You have three rows of 24 foundation piles (with 8 piles in each row) and 8 reserve piles of 1 card each. Twos, threes and fours will be the base cards.

A two, three and Four of different suites are dealt to the first pile of each foundation row at the start of the game.

The object of the game
To move all base cards to the right places (the twos into the top row, the threes into the middle row and the fours into the bottom row of foundations), and build the foundations up in suit by intervals of three:

  • 2, 5, 8, J
  • 3, 6, 9, Q
  • 4, 7, 10, K

You can start building on a foundation as soon as its base card is in the proper row, but not before.

The rules
Aces are discarded as they become available.

All cards in the foundations are available to play except for the base cards lying in the proper rows. The top cards of the reserve piles are also available for play on foundations. You cannot move cards from one reserve pile to another.

You may transfer any base cards that may be lying in the wrong row to the correct row, playing them to gaps. Gaps may be left by the removal of Aces or by moving cards to their proper foundations. Two base cards in the wrong foundation rows can be interchanged by dropping one card on the other if this exchange moves these two cards to the proper rows.

When you have made all the moves initially available, click on the stock pile to deal one card on each reserve pile. All gaps (empty spaces) in the foundations have to be filled before the deal.

There is no redeal.

Virginia Reel was invented by Albert H. Morehead and Geoffrey Mott-Smith.