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Yukon Solitaire

Welcome to 247 Yukon Solitaire! In this version of Solitaire, all the cards are laid out on the tableau for you to build foundations, and you may move any face-up card stack to achieve this. Yukon is one of the most difficult variants of Solitaire, so get ready for a challenge!

How to play Yukon Solitaire

how to play yukon solitaire

To start, all the cards are placed on the tableau. The first stack only has one card, while the following stacks have five face-up cards and one more face-down card with each stack. You’ll be moving cards between stacks by building sequences from King to Ace, alternating colors.

yukon solitaire foundations

The objective of the game is to complete your foundations, found on the right side of the tableau. There are four foundations, one for each suit, where you’ll build from Ace to King. You must start each foundation with an Ace, so it’s best to reveal those early.

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In the example, we moved the red 4 on top of the black 5, then added a black 3 from another stack. This left the leftmost column empty—the only card we can move to that space is a King.

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In Yukon Solitaire, you can move an entire stack of cards if the top card is what comes next in a sequence. Here, we moved a King and all the cards under it to empty space. However, you’ll still need to move all the cards beneath it out of the way, so don’t block off any stacks you’re building!

Yukon involves observing the tableau from the very start and making every move strategically. Remember: complete your foundations and you win!

Yukon Solitaire Strategy

The objective, just like many Solitaire games, is to build foundations for each suit in ascending order, starting with the Ace and ending with the King. While it may seem like an advantage to have most cards revealed from the start, it’s actually much more difficult to organize your cards this way. So, how do you win?

The first thing to do is observe the tableau. Identify where certain cards are and what the best path is to adding them to your foundations. Primarily, you want to get as many Aces out of the way as possible because they’re the cards the foundations must start with. The way to do that is to move any cards beneath them out of the way.

Second, you’ll want to empty columns and reveal the unflipped cards. It’s easiest to empty the leftmost column since there’s only one card there at the start. Then, you can put a King there and start organizing a good stack. When you’ve completed a stack, you can essentially leave it alone until you need to build foundations with it.

In Yukon Solitaire, you’re able to move any card into its correct slot, but all the cards underneath it will follow. Doing so can help you get cards out of the way in one column, but then you’re adding a lot of cards to a different column. It’s best to do this sparingly so as not to bury too many sequences under mismatched cards.

Yukon is an extremely difficult version of Solitaire, so mastering it will take a lot of time. Luckily, you can restart any time, and it’s easy to keep playing and learn from your mistakes. Don’t be discouraged!

Yukon Solitaire FAQs

What is the difference between Klondike and Yukon solitaire?

Solitaire is a broad category of solo card games, but the classic Solitaire we all know and love is called Klondike. Yukon is one type of Solitaire game, and there are many differences between the two. Yukon doesn’t have a deck or stock; instead, all cards are placed in the tableau from the start. Also, while you must move individual cards to the right place with Klondike, you may move entire stacks at a time with Yukon.

Is it possible to win Yukon Solitaire?

Yes, it’s definitely possible! However, Yukon Solitaire is incredibly difficult compared to other variants. It’s easy to find yourself with no moves left because of a poor decision earlier. While it may help to take advantage of moving any face-up stack, this can get in the way more times than not. Practice makes perfect, though, so follow our strategy above and keep playing to win!

Where did Yukon Solitaire come from?

Solitaire has a long history, and each variant has its own story. The origins of Yukon Solitaire are unfortunately unknown, but it was created around the early 20th century. It's very similar to Klondike, and both are named after areas in Canada!

Are all Yukon Solitaire games solvable?

Like all Solitaire games, success is never assured. Because of the randomness of the deal, the probability that a hand is winnable is around 80%. The chances become more slim when errors are made in play, and being blocked from further moves is quite common for Yukon games. However, even the worst hands are salvageable when you have more experience.

Is Solitaire good for seniors?

Yes, Solitaire provides many cognitive benefits that can help seniors stay sharp and keep their brains active. Studies show that card games like Solitaire help exercise memory, prioritization, and organization skills. Plus, these are solo card games, meaning seniors can play any time by themselves!

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