SOLITAIRE is said to have been invented by a French aristocrat to help him pass the time while he was imprisoned in solitary confinement in the Bastille. Played by only one person, Solitaire is a fast-paced game that tests your ability to plot the strategy of each successive move.

Introduced into England at the end of the 1700s, Solitaire contin¬ued to be very popular into the Victorian period. In Germany, the game was known as the “hermit’s game.” It is usually played on a square wooden or plastic board having 33 holes that hold a set of pegs or marbles. More-elaborate boards, including the traditional octagonal French versions with 3 7 holes, were often made of carved ivory or in¬laid woods with ivory or bone pegs.

In the most popular version of Solitaire, the pieces are arranged so that the center hole is vacant. The objective is to clear the board of all but one of the pieces by jumping, horizontally or vertically, over an adjacent piece and removing it from the board. Even though Solitaire is easy to learn, it presents you with an ongoing challenge to master and has become an especially popular board game in recent years.


To remove as many pieces as you can from the playing board. The real challenge of Solitaire is to be able to remove all but one piece from the board.A playing board with 33 holes and 32 playing pieces.To BEGIN PLAY.-Place a piece over each of the holes in the board, except for the center hole, which is marked with a star.