Maintain your old Siemens Hipath system

Spider Solitaire: A Strategy Guide For Beginners

Spider solitaire is a well-known solitaire game, which has gained a lot in popularity since Microsoft have started shipping it free with windows. It is very hard though, and many people want to know how they can increase their chances of winning.

The aim of spider solitaire is to build an ascending suit sequence in the foundation zone. But this is easier said than done! Particularly when playing 4 suit spider, it can sometimes seem nearly impossible to finish the game.

But there are strategies you can use to dramatically increase your chances of winning. But before I go into that, a quick note. In this article, I assume you have a solitaire game that allows multi-undo, and that you don't mind using it. Some people don't have a solitaire program that supports multi-level undo, or feel that using undo is somehow "cheating". These people can still get something out of this article, but not everything they read may apply.

So what is the golden secret to winning spider solitaire?

It's simple! Empty-Columns are the key!

The first objective of spider solitaire is to get a vacant column. The objective after that is to try and get another vacant column. Once you have 2 vacant columns, the game starts to become winnable, but if you can, try and form yet another empty column. Once you get to 3 or 4 empty columns, you have a very good chance of winning, unless you get an extremely unlucky run of cards.

Getting The First Empty Column... The first move you should make in the game is whatever the highest rank card that can play is. If given a choice, play from the stacks on the right hand side, as the 6 right hand stacks start with one less card.

From then on, play cards in this order or priority:

  • If a stack is closer to other stacks to being complete, play that card (if you can)
  • If you can't play from the stack which is closest to being emptied, than play the card with the highest rank.
  • If 2 or more cards have the same high rank, and one of them can be played into a same suit sequence, then play that one.
  • Keep playing like this, until a column is emptied, or you run out of moves

    Once a column has been emptied, the focus of the game changes a little. There are now 3 main objectives, "cleanup", "re-arrange", and "expose". An overriding principal at this time is to try and keep the empty columns. Vacant columns give you a lot more choices in the game, and whenever possible, you only want to fill your empty columns temporarily.

    CLEANING UP
    The first objective for the second phase of the game is "cleanup". This is my term for re-arranging columns so that they become same-suit sequences.

    For example, suppose you had 2 columns. The first one has:

  • 7 Diamonds
  • 6 Hearts
  • and the second one has:

  • 7 Clubs
  • 6 Diamonds
  • We can temporarily use the empty column, to rearrange the columns so that these columns become:

  • 7 Diamonds
  • 6 Diamonds
  • and:

  • 7 Clubs
  • 6 Hearts
  • We do this by moving:

  • 6 of Diamonds into the empty column
  • 6 of Hearts onto the 7 of Clubs
  • 6 Of Diamonds onto the 7 of Diamonds
  • The main thing to note here, is that after we have finished cleaning up this sequence, the empty column is still vacant. This is critical, because we always need to keep our columns empty when possible.

    RE-ARRANGING
    After we have cleaned up any sequences we can find, the next objective is to re- arrange any columns. This is simply moving any sequences we can, to form longer sequences. If moving the sequence will expose a new card (or a card that is not part of the sequence), then we always move it. The rest of the time it's a judgement call, based on whether the new sequence will be the same suit, as well as what other cards are holding up the game at the moment.

    EXPOSING
    Lastly, we try and expose new cards, whilst trying to maintain our empty column. We do this by using multi-level undo:

    • Move a card/sequence into the empty column, which exposes a new card.
    • If the new card allows us to move the original sequence back do so.

    If the new exposed card does not allow us to move it back, try moving a different card/sequence instead. If you can't expose any new cards whilst keeping the vacant column, then try dealing some cards from the talon.

    The most important thing is to create empty columns, and try and keep them empty! Now, will these strategies help you to win every game? No, they won't. Are there better strategies? Yes, and you'll probably come up with some of your own as you play the game some more. But the strategies above should prove a good foundation to help you start winning more games.

    Dan Fletcher is a developer at dogMelon. They make Classic Solitaire, a fun solitaire game for Mac, Windows and Palm. Try out a free demo of Mac Solitaire today.

    In The News:

    War criminal convicted over Srebrenica genocide to be sent to UK prison
    Wed, 12 May 2021 14:59:00 +0100
    Radovan Karadzic - the Bosnian Serb political leader convicted over the Srebrenica genocide - is to be transferred to a UK prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.

    Bodies wash up on banks of Ganges as COVID deaths pass 250,000 on India's deadliest day
    Wed, 12 May 2021 11:13:00 +0100
    Bodies of COVID-19 victims have washed up on riverbanks in India as the country endured its deadliest day of the pandemic so far.

    Israel still in grips of political crisis as violence escalates on both sides
    Wed, 12 May 2021 15:47:00 +0100
    The scenes of violence in the Gaza Strip and across Israel are tragic but should come as no surprise.

    Six days of escalating violence in Israel and Gaza - how did it happen? 
    Wed, 12 May 2021 14:32:00 +0100
    The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has not been seen on a scale like this for years, but the tension is always there.

    COVID pandemic was 'preventable disaster' and declaring emergency earlier could have saved 3.4m lives - report
    Wed, 12 May 2021 11:39:00 +0100
    The World Health Organisation should have declared a global emergency earlier than 30 January 2020 and recommended travel restrictions to prevent the outbreak of the COVID pandemic, a panel has said.



    tikatoshop.it

    Erfahrungen mit Pallhuber Wein
    Agen Bola SBOBET Terpercaya

    Travel in comfort and at your leisure with CT Airlink Limousine & Car Service for top quality private transportation and exceptional customer service. We operate Sedans, SUVs & Vans for CT Car Services to covering all Connecticut airports including Car Service from CT to Newark Airport , Mohegan Casino Uncasville CT, Foxwoods Casino Mashantucket CT, Manhattan Cruise Terminal NYC, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal NYC and Bayonne Cruise Terminal NJ. CT Airlink hire licensed and friendly chauffeurs who have in-depth knowledge of the Areas.

    Online Blackjack Basics

    Online blackjack or "21", as it is commonly known, is... Read More

    Women Gambling 101

    There is a fundamental difference in the outlook of men... Read More

    The History Of Blackjack

    The origin of Blackjack is somewhat unclear. Some people believe... Read More

    Texas Holdem Tournament Poker Strategy - Betting Is Communicating

    The "Language" of Poker BetsWe humans are very perceptive creatures.... Read More

    Dos and Donts of a Successful Soccer-punter

    Bet only what you can afford. Define a bankroll at... Read More

    Poker Online Freeroll Tournaments

    Poker online freeroll tournaments are a huge way to leverage... Read More

    How YOU can Regress the Six and Eight!

    The CrapshooterWhat are the secrets of regressing the Six and... Read More

    Ways to Earn Extra Cash in Order to Enter Online Sweepstakes for Money

    We all like to take a break from reality, play... Read More

    Understanding Online Casino Bonuses

    Are you puzzled by the workings of online Casino bonuses,... Read More

    Party Poker

    Looking for a great place to play online Texas Holdem... Read More

    Casino Business Opportunity

    There are really two main options to owning a casino... Read More

    Las Vegas Gambling Basics

    The gambling scene, not only of North America but also... Read More

    Multi-Player Slots - Why They Look Set for Huge Growth!

    Slots are exciting and fun, but are a solitary playing... Read More

    2005 World Series of Poker -- Mid Tournament Report

    The 2005 World Series of Poker started its 36th year... Read More

    What is the True Winning Percentage of a Professional Soccer-punter?

    Many people believe professional-level sports bettors win at least 60%... Read More

    How to Profit at Online Poker Over the Long Run

    The first and most important step is to take notes.... Read More

    How to Win Free Online Poker Games

    Online poker is very popular, but not everybody plays for... Read More

    Texas Holdem Poker Terms

    If you're new to Texas Holdem poker this article will... Read More

    Why Do People Gamble?

    Gambling is the act of wagering money on the outcome... Read More

    A Crazy Night in Vegas

    It was a Sunday afternoon. My friend Kurt and I... Read More

    Handicapping the NFL Pre-season

    It never ceases to amaze me just how many sports... Read More

    Your POSITION Of Power In Holdem

    In Hold'em poker, the importance of your position in relation... Read More

    Asian Gambling Basics

    Gambling became popular in China in the last phase of... Read More

    After the Flop

    After the flop, your hand is pretty much defined. Before... Read More

    Rules and Strategies for Roulette

    Roulette offers the greatest variety of possible ways you can... Read More