Like Klondike, Yukon Solitaire is one type of solitaire card game played with just one deck of playing cards. However, there is no deck or reserve and manipulation of the tableau works differently.

Like most solitaire games, the objective of Yukon is to move all the cards from the Tableau onto the four foundation piles, which are arranged according to suit and rank; each Foundation has one suit, and you must place the cards on them in ascending order starting with the Ace.

To do this, you must stack the cards in the tableau by alternating colors in descending order (King to Ace) to form four foundation slots. Yukon Solitaire is a solitaire game in which you can swap any visible card in the tableau. To win, fill the columns with the eliminated cards. Never had it felt so good to win!

  • The Tableau: These are the seven piles that make up the main table that you are trying to empty.
  • The Foundations: These are the four piles in the upper right corner that you are trying to fill.

What is Card Setup in Yukon Solitaire?

The Tableau piles are numbered 1 to 7, pile 1 has no facedown card and one faceup card, and the rest of the piles from 2 to 7 have n-1 facedown cards, where n is the Tableau number, e.g. Tableau 2 has one facedown card, Tableau 3 has two facedown cards, and so on. Topping off the facedown cards, Tableaus 2-7 also contains 5 faceup cards each.

Yukon Solitaire Rules

  • There are seven tableau stacks and four foundations that build in the suit. 
  • Groups of cards can be moved, provided the cards below the one to be moved are not in any order, except that the starting and target cards should be constructed in sequence and alternate colors. For example, a group starting with a Red 3 can be moved on top of a Black 4, and the cards below the Red 3 can differ.
  • All cards are dealt with at the beginning, though some are dealt face down.

How To Play Yukon Solitaire?

Yukon solitaire has one deck of cards arranged in seven tableau columns with four blank foundation spaces. You can transfer multiple face-up cards from one column to another even if the group is not in sequence, as long as the first card you transfer is a descending sequence and is an alternate color of the card it is transferred to.

A black 5 could have a Jack and a 7 on it, and this group could be shifted to a red 6. A King, or a group of cards with a King in them, can be placed in an empty column; the game is won when the cards are stacked on the foundations in ascending order from Ace to King.

Best Strategy For Yukon Solitaire

  • Stack the cards in the tableau, with alternating colors. 
  • Then you can now move any visible card in the tableau. 
  • Moving the Aces to the Foundations as soon as possible is critical to gameplay.
  • Also, you use stacked cards to place all cards into four foundations based on the suit.
  • Expose the face-down cards as soon as possible, so you can start moving cards around.

Allowed Moves

1. A Tableau Card Can Be Moved Onto The Foundations

The card must be the top card on a Tableau and be turned up. You can drag the cards onto the Foundation or simply double-click them, and they will automatically go there once all of the cards on the Tableau are turned up and sorted, and the game will automatically put all of the Tableau cards onto the Foundations at that point.

2. You Can Move The Top Card Of A Foundation Back Onto The Tableau

This is not a move that’s common in all Solitaire versions, but here it is. It is not something you use often, but you may want to follow up by moving some other Tableau card.

3. Move One Or More Cards From One Tableau Pile To Another

In Tableau, you can move several face-up cards together even if they aren’t arranged. This is the main reason that Yukon is different from Klondike (or “normal” Solitaire). When you have red 6, red 10, and black 2, you can still move them all together.

The top card on the other tableau must be a different color and one rank above your bottom card, so, if you’re moving red 6, red 10, and black 2, and red 6 is the bottom card, you can only move them onto a black 7 because that color and rank are different than the red 6. If you have an empty Tableau pile, you can only put one king there.

4. You Can Flip A Face-Down Tableau Card

If you have moved a face-up card from a Tableau pile so that the top card now has a face-down position, then you can click the face-down card to flip it and show it face-up.

5. You Can Undo As Many Times As You Like

The game allows for unlimited undoes. With each Undo, however, you become a new player; therefore, if you want to win the game in as few moves as possible, limit the number of undo you use.