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During Klondike solitaire games you will usually flip through a Stock one or three at a time trying to move them to Foundations that must be ordered in suit. Movement between Columns is always possible when the build rules are followed. In some games only single cards may be moved, whereas other games will allow you to move several together as long as they are packed into proper order.
Spider solitaire games all feature the requirement to build sets from King down to Ace within the Columns. There are no Foundations. Usually, when a complete set from King to Ace is assembled it is removed from the layout. The Scorpion games also fit this description, but there were enough of them to give them their own type.
Scorpion solitaire games are characterized by the ability to pick up any part of a stack of face-up cards and move them all as long as the top card of the stack being moved is allowed to be placed on the bottom card of the second stack.
Gaps solitaire games all have the common trait where the layout must be arranged from left to right and from two to king in the same suit. Aces are removed after the shuffle forming gaps in the layout. Cards are then moved from any place in the layout to any of the 4 gaps as long as certain rules are observed.
In this section the games are all based on other popular games or sports where the goal is to fulfill the rules of those games in some way. Although it is helpful to have a knowledge of the games these solitaires are based on, it is not necessary to enjoy them.
For all Pairing and Adding solitaires, remove two at a time based on adding their ranks together or by matching ranks. In all games of this type you will win if you remove the entire deck from the layout.
Slider solitaire games are unique in that you are either placing, removing, or moving cards around within a grid in order to achieve each game's individual goals. Usually the location of the cards in relation to each other affect the rules or points earned.
Tri-Peaks Solitaires are characterized by the playing of cards that are one rank higher or one rank lower than the rank of the previous card played. The game is won if the entire layout can be moved to a single Pile.
Eliminator solitaires are a diverse group of games. They all have the common trait where the goal is to eliminate all cards one at a time in some manner. In a few of these variants the deck is all dealt out initially, but most of these games require you to decide when to add cards to the layout before eliminating others.
Free Cell solitaire games are similar to the Klondike variants where you must arrange the layout into four Foundations from Ace to King in the same suit. However, only one card may be moved at a time. Since this makes it difficult, these games provide a certain number of reusable open spaces (free cells) that may each hold any one card.
Shamrocks solitaire games involve a lot of moving cards back and forth to free up others that can be played to Foundations. Often, moving a single card will change the availability of many others, thus opening up even more moves. Careful planning is a key characteristic of most of these variants.