The history of solitaire

Solitaire is an umbrella term for a range of games such as patience and Klondike which are all variations of one game. Some games use one deck of cards and some use more, all the variations have different rules and require different skills from the player.

The basic idea of solitaire, the type that most people initially learn to play, is to manipulate your cards in a certain manner. This manner is an arrangement that the player achieves by moving the cards from one place to another. There are various restrictions on this and the best way to learn has to be playing it.

One of the great things about solitaire is that there’s such an immense number of possible card combinations, it’s impossible to get bored of it. It’s a great game for exercising the mind as you’re forced to think one or more moves ahead. Many players are also trying their hand at more luck-based games such as casino and gambling ones. These have got more popular in recent years with plenty of games available to try at any time of the day.

Solitaire has been around for a pretty long time. It is thought that it was originally conceived in Germany or a Scandinavian country, however no one is entirely sure about this. In the 19th Century the French really took to it and it became a very popular game in the country. At the end of the century, America and England cottoned on and also got hooked on the game.

The first time the game was actually recorded was all the way back in 1783, and it was in a German game anthology, known as Das neue K├Ânigliche L’Hombre-Spiel.

Solitaire fans may interested to know that it is thought that during his time in exile Napoleon played patience. However some reports suggest otherwise, that he played Whist or Vingt-Un and Piquet instead. Either way a number of games have been named after him, such as Napoleon at St. Helena and Napoleon’s Square.