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Pyramid Solitaire

Pyramid Solitaire is also known as Solitaire Tower and Pyramid 13. This is a simple knockout game with an interesting strategy and unusual scoring. The goal is to pick up cards with a total value of 13 and transfer the solitaire to one fund. This game does not look like the usual solitaire games “Spider” or “Klondike”. Here the suit and sequence of cards make no difference. These solitaire games have a high probability of winning, although the number of unsolvable combinations is quite large. Moreover, the skill of the player has practically no effect on the result of the game under the standard rules.

Pyramid is extremely convenient for layouts when playing with real cards, because, unlike many other solitaire games, it does not leave a deck laid out in suits after solving. A standard 52-card deck is required to unfold. On the field, 28 cards are laid face up in 7 rows from top to bottom, each of which has one more card than the previous one. The top of the pyramid is one card, in the next row there are already 2 cards, then – 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Cards from the next row overlap the previous one so that each bottom card is simultaneously covered by the top two. The remaining 24 cards are placed face down in one pile and are reserved. As a result, the shape of the finished layout resembles a pyramid, which gave the name to the game.

Solitaire’s lay out starts from the base of the pyramid, and the goal of the game is to free its top and remove all cards from the playing field. You can only remove face up cards that are not blocked by others. This means that even if only one of the row below is on the required card, it cannot be used. At the same time, to form combinations, you can use both open cards located directly on the field, and cards from the reserve deck, which can be viewed an infinite number of times (though not in all versions). As a rule, all cards on the field are first removed, the total value of which is 13. After all combinations are used the reserve deck can be used. The game ends if there are no cards left on the playing field or when there are no more combinations among the open cards and cards of the reserve deck.