Canfield solitaire – learn how to play with game rules

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

Welcome to Canfield Solitaire!

Have you ever played a solo card game? Well, let me introduce you to Canfield Solitaire. It’s a game where you can challenge yourself and have some fun, all by yourself.

In Canfield Solitaire, your goal is simple: you need to build four foundations. Each foundation represents a different suit, like clubs, spades, hearts, or diamonds. To win the game, you must arrange all the cards of each suit in ascending order, starting with the foundation card.

Let’s Get Started

Before we dive into the game, let’s make sure we have everything set up. First things first, we need to shuffle the deck. Once that’s done, we can start building our playfield. How exciting!

To create our playfield, we take the top 13 cards from the deck and place them to the left. We call this pile the “reserve” pile. Make sure to show only the first card, while keeping the rest hidden. We want to keep the suspense alive, don’t we?

Now, let’s find out what destiny has in store for us by drawing the next card from the deck. This card will determine our “foundations”. Place it face-up on the table. When the other three cards of the same rank are revealed, they will join the foundation row.

Below the foundation row, arrange the next four drawn cards face-up. This area is called the “tableau” and it’s where all the action happens. The remaining cards are placed facedown on the table to form the draw pile. And with that, our setup is complete.


Hey there! Let’s dive into the exciting world of Canfield Solitaire! Unlike regular Solitaire, Canfield comes with some strict rules that add an extra layer of challenge. Believe it or not, only a tiny three percent of games are actually winnable, leaving the rest in a standstill.

Now, to play Canfield Solitaire, you have to strategically place cards onto the foundations in ascending order. Let’s say your foundations are the 5s – you’ll build on them like this: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, A, 2, 3, 4. And please remember, they all have to be of the same suit.

When playing cards on the tableau, things get even more interesting. You see, the cards must have alternating colors and be arranged in descending order. So, if you want to place a card on a black 3, it must be a red 2.

Now let’s talk strategy. The top card of the reserve is always ready to be played onto a foundation. And guess what? The top card on the tableau is also available for you to make a move onto a foundation.

When you play solitaire, you start by drawing three cards from the top of the deck. These cards go into the discard pile. The top card of the discard pile is always available to be played on either the foundation or the tableau. But if you want to play a card deeper in the discard pile, you have to play all the cards above it first.

If the draw deck runs out, you don’t shuffle the discard pile. Instead, you just flip it over and keep drawing cards from it.

When you want to move a pile of cards in the tableau, you have to move the whole pile. And if there’s an empty space in the tableau, it’s filled with the top card of the reserve. But if there are no cards in the reserve, you can choose whether or not to play the top card of the discard pile onto the reserve.

How the Game Ends

The game can end in two ways. You either win the game, or the game gets stuck and can’t be completed.

To win Canfield Solitaire, you need to arrange all 52 cards in ascending order, separated by suit. A game is at a standstill when there are no more moves to make on the game field.

Now, let’s go over some vocabulary:

– The reserve is a small pile of 13 cards placed faceup on the game field. You can play the top card of the reserve onto the foundations and use it to fill empty spaces on the tableau.

– The foundation consists of four cards that start the piles for your end game. These cards should all have the same rank and should be played upon in ascending order, starting from the value of the first foundation card.

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