How to Play Solitaire

Directions courtesy of Future Aids, The Braille Superstore.

History. 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. He fashioned this game with what he found in his cell. 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 1700's, Solitaire continued to be very popular into the Victorian period. (In Germany, the game was known as the "Hermit's Game".)

How to Play. Solitaire is played on a square wooden board having 33 holes which hold a set of 32 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.

Scoring. If you finish the game with just one peg left on the board, you're a genius; with two pegs you're above intelligent; three pegs you're intelligent; and four or more pegs - well, you need practice!

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