Yukon (solitaire)

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Yukon is a type of patience or solitaire card game using a single deck of playing cards like Klondike, but there is no deck or stock, and manipulation of the tableau works differently.[1]

A Patience game
DeckSingle 52-card
See also Glossary of solitaire
This is a screenshot of the solitaire game Yukon layout.
The initial layout of the game of Yukon.
The legal move in Yukon: any face up card is available for play (as indicated by the darkened card) and is moved along with the cards on top of it.


Yukon has the following adjustments to the game-play of standard Klondike solitaire:

  • There are 7 rows of tableau stacks, and 4 foundations that build up in suit. Their lengths are respectively: 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. The topmost 5 cards of each stack are face-up, while the rest of the cards underneath them are face-down. (Second stack onwards is an ascending pyramid of face-down cards, each with 5 face-up cards appended on top).
  • Groups of cards can be moved; the cards below the one to be moved do not need to be in any order, except that the starting and target cards must be built in sequence and in alternate color. For example, a group starting with a Red 3 can be moved on top a Black 4, and the cards below the Red 3 can differ.
  • There is no stock in Yukon. All cards are dealt at the beginning; however, some are face down.


  • Expose the face down cards as soon as possible, so you can start moving cards around.
  • Moving the Aces to the Foundations as soon as possible is critical to gameplay.


Russian Solitaire is a solitaire card game that is very similar in layout and gameplay to Yukon. Its difference from Yukon is that building is by suit.[2][3] Other Yukon variants remove the usual restriction that only Kings be placed in empty tableau spaces. Also closely related to Yukon are Alaska and Australian Patience.


  1. ^ "Yukon" in Roya, Will (2021). Card Night: Classic Games, Classic Decks, and the History Behind Them. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers. p. 47. ISBN 9780762473519.
  2. ^ Heaney, Rory (2021-08-10). "A Guide to Russian Solitaire". Solitaire by MobilityWare. Retrieved 2023-07-11.
  3. ^ "Solitaire City - Yukon Solitaire Game Variations". www.solitairecity.com. Retrieved 2023-07-11.

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