Enthusiasts say you can win two games out of three, if you’re careful and clever. But without a good strategy you will rarely win any games at all. Calculation is certainly a thinker’s game!
The unique feature of this game is the way the foundations are built. Each of the four is built up in a different way, like this:
A,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,K - Build up by ones
2,4,6,8,10,Q,A,3,5,7,9,J,K - Build up by twos
3,6,9,Q,2,5,8,J,A,4,7,10,K - Build up by threes
4,8,Q,3,7,J,2,6,10,A,5,9,K - Build up by fours
Suit and color are ignored entirely in this game; only rank is considered.
It’s crucial to be familiar with the four sequences by which the foundations are built. You might want to keep them handy on a note or in this window until you have them well memorized.
Use the four wastepiles to build sequences backwards. Don’t play onto the foundations until there is reason to do so. Instead concentrate on the wastepiles, and move cards to the foundations only when it improves your wastepile sequences.
Reserve one wastepile for the Kings, and build the sequences backwards from the Kings in this pile. You can have as many sequences interwoven here as you have Kings. For example, suppose you have
K, 10, 7, K, J, 4, 9, ?
You have two sequences, multiples of 3’s and multiples of 2’s. You can safely play an Ace (K-10-7-4-Ace) or a 7 (K-J-9-7) next. You can also play another King to start another sequence... but no other card. Any other card will mean that you can’t put another King on this wastepile, and unless you have another empty wastepile for the next King, you will likely have lost the game.
Build on your King wastepile whenever you can, with only one exception: don’t duplicate a sequence you have going in one of the other columns.