Basic Solitaire strategy is rather simple to learn. Here I'll present you with some tips on how to improve your success rate:
SOLITAIRE TIP No.1:
Whenever you have the option to either move a card from the deck or free a down card always pick the down card. The more cards you have in play the easier it will be to finish the game.
SOLITAIRE TIP No.2:
Try to keep your stacks even. If it isn't possible to take the cards back from the end piles, make sure that any cards you place on them couldn't be used to free any of the down cards. Remember that freeing down cards should be your number one priority.
SOLITAIRE TIP No.3:
If you have to pick one of two possible down cards to free up, chose the one that is on the biggest pile. Also take into account that there could be a situation where you can start freeing a bigger pile by actually removing a card on a smaller pile. This happens if you can remove a card that is the last in a pile and then move a King to it's position(if the King is on a big pile).
SOLITAIRE TIP No.4:
If you don't have any kings available, don't remove cards from empty slots. That way you will leave yourself the most options until a King comes your way.
These Solitaire strategy tips are mostly useful for Klondike, but can be applied to other Solitaire games as well. If you intend to play against other players there are three other Solitaire strategy tips that might help you:
SOLITAIRE TIP No.5 – BE QUICK
Exercise a lot. Being quick is important when playing against another opponent, especially if the game allows players to take each others cards. That also relates to the last tip...
SOLITAIRE TIP No.6 – BRAIN EXERCISES
Brain exercises are a great way to get better at Solitaire. It doesn't really matter what exercises you do, you can even just play mind games(Chess, Sodoku, SolitaireJ). Having a sharp, fast mind will go a long way in beating your opposition in Solitaire.
SOLITAIRE TIP No.7 –ALWAYS KNOW THE SCORING SYSTEM
Whenever you play a match with someone make sure you know how the scoring goes so you can make adjustments. The basic idea is that you should prioritize moves that give you the most points. How to do this depends on the game you are playing.
I hope these tips will help your game and remember, the number one priority should always be to have fun playing!
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