Rules for Russian Solitaire


Russian Solitaire is identical to Yukon with the exception that the cards are built down in suit, thus offering half the moves of Yukon and increasing the difficulty of the game. Other similar games in Solitaire Plus include Double Yukon.




  • Twenty-eight cards dealt in seven tableau piles.
  • The number of cards per pile increases from one to seven from left to right.
  • The top card of each pile is face up (exposed), the rest are face down (hidden).
  • Starting with the second tableau pile, an additional four cards are dealt face up to each.


  • Any exposed card, regardless of its position in the tableau, may be built in descending suit sequence on the top card of another pile.
  • The top card of a pile is always available for play on a foundation.
  • Whenever the exposed cards of a pile are cleared away, the next card is exposed and becomes available for play.
  • A space made by clearing away an entire pile may be filled by only a King (plus the cards, if any, covering the King).


  • Move the four Aces to the row above the tableau as they are made available.
  • Build the foundations in ascending suit sequence from Ace to King.

To Win

  • Move all the cards to the foundations.


Scoring: One point for each card moved to a foundation. Maximum score is 52.


Chance of Winning: 1 in 10 games.