Solitaire is a card game that originated in Australia. In the US, it is known as ‘Solitaire’ and in British English it is referred to as ‘Patience.’ This card game has over 54 variations. There are multiplayer solitaire card games too.
It is a game generally played with a deck of 52 cards. Solitaire games involve dealing cards from a shuffled deck in a methodical arrangement on a table. A player tries to re-order the deck by suit and rank through a series of moves, transferring cards from one place to another. There are prescribed restrictions that have to be followed. All the cards of a certain rank form the guidelines on which the suits are built. The moves proceed until the game is won or a further move is impossible. This is known as making or breaking the game. Some games allow re-shuffling of the deck or the placement of cards in a new or empty location.
Solitaire has its own terminology. There are many types of solitaire games, but the term solitaire is often used to refer to the most well known form called ‘Klondike.’ The other types of solitaire have been adapted into two-player competitive games. As mentioned earlier, solitaire has many variations using either one or more deck of cards with rules of varying complexity and skill level. Many of these have been converted in to electronic games and are available on computers. There are about 150 solitaire card games that have been devised.
The term solitaire is used for single-player games of dexterity and the ability to play the game. The games use a set of layout of tiles, pegs and stones, instead of cards. This card game is played all over the world and enjoyed by people of all ages.