Chinese Torture Solitaire Rules

Chinese Torture SolitaireChinese Torture is a variation of Chinese Solitaire, invented by Randy Rasa. It differs from Chinese Solitaire in that foundations start with a random card.

Initial Layout

1 Deck. Deal forty-nine cards to the tableau, arranged as seven stacks of seven cards each. The first three stacks are dealt with all cards face up; the fourth has three cards face down and four face up; the fifth has four cards face down and three face up; the sixth has five cards face down and two face up; and the seventh has six cards face down and one face up. The fiftieth card is dealt to the first foundation, forming the "base value" for all foundations. The remaining two cards are set aside to form the reserve.


The object of the game is build the four foundation piles up in suit from the base card. Wrap around from King to Ace as necessary. For example, if the base card is a six, the build sequence would be 6-7-8-9-10-J-Q-K-A-2-3-4-5.

Moving Cards

Within the tableau, cards are built down by alternating color. Cards may be moved singly or in groups, regardless of sequence or suit. That is, any face-up card in the tableau may be built upon another, no matter how deep it is in a pile. All cards covering it are moved together. When a face-down card is exposed, it is automatically turned face-up, and is available for play. Spaces in the tableau may only be filled by a card one less in value than the foundation starting card. For example, if the foundations start with a six, tableau spaces may only be filled by fives. Wrap around from Ace to King as necessary.

The Reserve

When you have exhausted all the plays among the tableaus and foundations, click on the reserve pile to deal the two cards to the first two tableaus. (Actually, you can use the stock at any time, even if move moves are available -- it's just not a particularly good idea ...).

The rules to this game are copyright Randy Rasa, and neither the rules nor the game they describe may be reproduced without written permission.

Games Featuring Chinese Torture Solitaire

Absolute Yukon Solitaire