Basic Klondike (Solitaire) Tips

Klondike solitaire, or merely Solitaire, is perhaps the most well-known solitaire game in the world. The rules of this game are recognised by almost everyone. Not all every game of Klondike solitaire is solvable. Playing Klondike game contains a lot of guesswork and this is the primary reason why you do not win the vast majority of the games.


In this article I will cover some basic strategy tips that that helped me to improve my win/loss ratio.

A good tip is to turn up the first card off the deck prior to making any additional moves. This works because it increases the opening number of conceivable moves and gives you the opportunity to make a better choice. Another useful tip is to always try move an Ace or Deuce to the foundation row every time it is possible. This rule is clear and rational and does not need any further explanation.

Uncover hidden cards. If you have a selection from numerous possible moves that expose concealed cards, always choose the column with the highest number of unseen cards. Delay the moves that are not significant. The finest move is one that delivers you with the chance to make other moves or reveal hidden cards.


Do not exhaust a tableau pile if you are lacking a King to put it in. You gain zilch if you get a vacant pile. A space in Klondike solitaire can only be occupied by a King or a structure starting with a King, so leave your options open.

If you have the opportunity to fill an empty pile with either a black King or a red King, be thoughtful with your decision. Look at the colour of the obstructive cards and make a fitting colour choice.

Do not assemble cards on foundations except if doing so assists in uncovering a facedown card. Not assembling the cards on foundations allows other cards to be built upon them on the tableau.


If you play the electronic form of Klondike, you can use the limitless undo function as many times as you want in order to try different choices and to increase your chances of winning.

These strategies are simple, but so is Klondike. It will provide you with hours of play, but soon you will crave something a little different.


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