How to Play Adela Solitaire

Adela Solitaire has three rows of eight foundation piles. The middle row is where the building happens and the top and bottom row can only be played onto after certain cards enter the middle foundation row.

Adela Solitaire Rules

| Players: 1 | Type: Solitaire | Supplies: 2 Decks |


The objective of Adela is to build the middle row of foundation piles from jack to ace. Each king and queen of the same suit should be played above and below each jack foundation pile, respectively.


Shuffle the two decks together. Deal a row of nine tableau piles, placing one card in each pile. Leave space for three rows of foundation piles above the tableau piles. Place the remaining deck face down to form the stock.

Adela Solitaire set up: card layout
Adela Solitaire card layout set up picture

Game Play

The top card of each tableau pile is available for play onto a foundation pile. As jacks become available, they are moved to the middle row of foundation piles. For example, move the jack of diamonds from the tableau to the center row of foundation piles to start one of the diamond foundation piles. There will be two foundation piles per suit, each started with a jack. Jacks are built in descending order to the ace, in suit. For example, move the 10 of diamonds on top of the jack of diamonds. The next available card that may be played on this pile would be the 9 of diamonds, then 8 of diamonds, and so on, until the ace of diamonds is reached.

When a jack is used to start a foundation pile, it opens up the king foundation space above it and the queen foundation space below it. A king of the same suit may be played above a started foundation pile. For example, move the king of diamonds above the foundation pile that has the 10 of diamonds on the jack of diamonds. A queen of the same suit may be played below a started foundation pile. Each king and queen foundation pile may only contain one card.

Tableau piles may be built in ascending order, and in suit. To add a card to a tableau pile, it must be one rank higher and of the same suit as the top card of the pile it is being moved to. For example, move the 9 of clubs onto the 8 of clubs. Aces may be played on kings to continue the sequence. The top card or a proper sequence of cards may be moved from one tableau pile to another, as long as the sequence continues to build up in suit. Following the previous example, move the 9 of clubs and the 8 of clubs onto the 7 of clubs. Empty spaces in the tableau are automatically filled from the stock. Following the previous examples, since there are five empty tableau piles, deal a card from the stock to each of these tableau piles. Typically, a tableau pile is dealt a new card from the stock immediately after it becomes empty.

When a tableau pile is empty and the stock is depleted, you may move the top card from any tableau pile, or any cards in a proper sequence that are on top of a tableau pile onto this empty space. A proper sequence is a set of cards on top of a tableau pile that ascends in order and suit. For example, if you have a tableau pile that has a 2 of spades on the bottom, then a 4 of diamonds, followed by a 5 of diamonds, and a 6 of diamonds on top, you may move the 4, 5, and 6 of diamonds onto an empty tableau pile. You may choose how many cards in a proper sequence may be moved as well. You could move the 4, 5, and 6 of diamonds, or just the 5 and 6 of diamonds.

When there are no more available moves, deal one card from the stock onto each of the nine tableau piles. When the stock is depleted and there are no more moves, the game is over.

To Win

To win Adela, all eight jack foundation piles must be built in descending order to the ace in suit. A king of the same suit must be played above each foundation pile, and a queen of the same suit must be played below each foundation pile. If you run out of moves before all cards are in the foundation piles, the game is lost.

Practical Gaming News Center

Sign up for a better game night experience!
-Get discounts for upcoming products
-Learn rules for unique card games
-Get tips on hosting game nights