# Winning At Solitaire: Basic Strategies

By Herb Wiggins, M.D.; Clinical Neurosciences; Discoverer/Creator of the Comparison Process/CP Theory/Model; 14 Mar. 2014
We play to WIN in game theory, NOT to lose. The same is true of military, corporate, or finding most all solutions to the problem of meeting goals. Thus, those are all the categories of Aristoteles, winning strategies, be they games, corporate planning, solving NP not = to P and military and any other strategies. They all have the same sorting problems to solve. and occ. we can find the ways to solving them all using data bases or equations which solve most of them, at least partly, but rarely completely. Or exactly, either.
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First of all, we must deal the cards right, & the usual Klondike lay down is seven piles each of them with 1-7 cards deep in this order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,

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Clearly, exposing the last two piles is going to be hard, esp. since 28 cards are in it and 21 are hidden. Leaving 24 cards. The whole set of rules in this most popular kind of solitaire is Set Up to Lose!!!

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Now, game strategies are about winning. How to change the odds, by recognizing the patterns in losing hands, and correcting  those? IOW, recognizing losing patterns, and changing those from losing to winning methods?  A pessimist. losing, not winning method or series of same is suggested as to how to play this kind of solitaire, which is nuts.

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Here’s how to change the odds, found by playing multiple hands and changing the odds by various, working methods. Skills development in ANY field is created by the same method. ID’g goals, and finding the trial & error, sorting to create a new set of skills & ways of doing things to win!!  That’s the key to most ALL professional fields. Efficient ways of doing the work to have better output of goals, shorter working times, more efficient skills which play the game, and so forth.

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Trial and error, sorting through the possibilities & then optimizing the outcomes, in short, are what by least energy methods creates ALL of the professional fields. Those sets of individual skills lay at the roots of game strategies, military strategies and corporate planning, and also the daily tasks of living as well. It’s  all driven by the same process. Heretofore, the least energy, efficient ways of doing things has been Largely Ignored in Game Theory. Why? Lack of being realistic and understanding how the brain and universe of events, very likely, universally works. Least energy methods, skills approaches, ways of doing things, which work best for each intended goal, or outcome. It’s outcomes research, in fact. It’s that simple. Least Energy Rules strategies and outcomes of those strategies, and the best do the most, with the least, that is Thermodynamics and least energy rules of the Second law!!! Very simple, applicable and workable. And that defines the difference between winning and losing strategies, of any kind AND the marked difference between a Professional of most all types/kinds and the amateurs.

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Here’s how to play 7 pile solitaire to optimize the outcomes.

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First of all the more cards covered, the harder it is to win. 28 cards covered most always loses. So deal the hand this way, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5, 5. That’s 25 cards, leaving 7 more cards in the play deck. More to win with, fewer to expose.

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Next, learn this simple fact, the more cards that are uncovered, the faster the game plays, the more easily a win is done, and is least energy. So, the big problem and key is to uncover as many of the face down cards as possible. And to increase the options, get as many ace piles into play as possible, as THAT increases options of possibility for not just 7 cards to play on but ELEVEN!!!

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Thus play is reduced to those two big goals, and they are least energy. Next, playing the deck is a problem, because it can be only run thru in many case, once or by 3’s. That’s stupid. It invites failure. & it’s typical for solitaire rules. So, we play the deck face up, NOT down, and we can very quickly see what cards will work and what will not. Nor do we have to turn every single card face up, either. Time/energy savings, least energy. Efficient.

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For instance, if we have a 7 black up top next to a 5 black, we know of red 6 will allow us to move the 5 to the black on top of a newly placed red 6. Set up the cards that way. If there’s a red four,and a black 7, a play a red 6 on the black 7. It means a single card, 5 black can move the red four onto the newly played black 5, thus uncovering a card. When playing thru the deck, look for those possibilities, and train the skills up to at once see those chances. That is the most direct way to win.

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Recall, learning means that not only do we create new skills, but we facilitate, them. The difference between learning a language and speaking it fluently is facilitation by repeated practice. The difference between playing a musical piece at first, is that when it’s learned, like language, the piece flow without break ups. That is facilitated learning. We can’t early learn a new skill fluently, but when we learn it well enough, it flows more quickly than ever. Facilitated learning is the key to efficient play, winning strategies AND professional skills.

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ID’g those single card, immediate plays is critical to winning. Do that as much as possible. Do NOT play cards just because they can be, but ONLY if they set up the play piles for removing a top card to expose the unknown, below. Most solitaire strategies are superficial. And some even require play, which is losing. Do NOT do anything which will get in the way of a win. Change the stupid losing rules to winning rules. It’s not cheating, it’s good strategies.

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That’s what’s going on there. Next, always play an ace to start the pile, as that adds choice and odds of winning. If we have a lots of ace piles in plays the odds of wining go way up. If not, we lose. That’s the rule found by T&E and extensive plays. Now, how do we do that?

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Well, we can only play kings on open spaces when the pile has been cleared. Do we play a black king when there is a red queen on a play pile? Yes. Do we play a red king? NO!!!. We wait on that. Always think ahead creating options to play instead of any old card. Thinking ahead, always wins.

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Then there’s the real problem of pairs of same number/colour cards such as 2 red 6’s,or 2 black kings on a pile. Those are pernicious for many reasons. First of all, it reduces by 1 the number of play options. Second, if a choice arises to play one of those, which pile will play best?  Those are problems. So if one of those arises, make this choice, get rid of the pair by putting the card under the pile and exposing the best one, by looking at the pile. if it’s got lots of low cards, and esp. if Aces, fix that pile by putting the duplicate card UNDER, last, & uncover the next card  in the pile. That GREATLY improves the odds to winning. But limit it or it can get out of hand, literally.

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With TWO pairs of same colour/number, yer screwed, mostly. Don’t let that happen. Remove the best pile to play the next card by putting that card under the deck. That alone is a winning method. Some say it’s cheating?  Did we break a legal or moral law? NO!!! We simply adjusted the odds to Win, and that’s what game strategies in life are all about. Structuring play to win, not getting lost using silly losing, anti wining rules, such as set deals and methods. Play to Win, not lose. Optimize the cards to win. That universal rule applies to most all the 120 kinds of solitaires & their unlimited variations.

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Suppose we have all black cards exposed on the 7 piles. That’s a losing hand, because 1/2 of cards to be played will be black and can’t be played. You can either re-deal or modify the already dealt piles to 1 more red card to get things going.  Re-dealing is a waste of time, BTW. It slows down play, means you can’t play as fast, and is NOT least energy.

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So, what then? Always fix the play piles to optimize strategies from the first. and that takes skills, which can be learned. Turn over the pile, any aces in it, or low 2’s and 3’s cards? Use that pile instead of the one with lots of kings, because THAT means the ace piles can rise in plays, and when they get into the 3-4’s levels, a LOT can be done, then. Or do you want to lose and waste your time?

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Second, using the play deck with the cards face up speeds up the play because yer not always turning the cards face up. What a waste of time! Play them face up, & you can see what’s coming and now how to play faster, too. If you need a card from the deck, play it at once, rather than run through it all to get that card, again, a silly rule which slows down play and causes much waste of time. Using the play deck face up saves LOTS of time, and lets play proceed VERY much faster. & can learn More about New Solitaire, way faster, too. More games, more patter recognition, faster learning. Bingo!!! Least energy.

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Next, if you see you need a red 9, then go to it, and play it, at once. Then continue to go one card at a time thru the play deck as needed, to see what’s there. Learn if Kings/queens are there to fill empty spaces in the piles rows. No point in playing a Red king if there is not black queen to make it work. Learn to see the cards needed there, and play goes WAY faster at least 2-3 times faster. Then you can play more, learn more in way less time to improve skills to play. Faster play is least energy, doing more in less time. Again, least energy methods, the key to professional, fast task and problem solving, which is what solitaire is, largely, too.

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For instance in figuring out how the aces played speed up play and win, deal yourself a bunch of aces at the bottom of the play deck, whine shuffling and then compare those 10 outcomes to 10 where the aces are hard to find. Very quickly you learn play goes WAY faster, and wins, too. That pattern is easily confirmed by personal observation and play. The more aces exposed, wins faster and more surely.

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Blocks: How to handle them.

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This is the next major problem. If a high card blocks a low card such as an Ace, 2, or 3, then yer losing. Find a way to release that card. There are many ways of doing that. For instance, make sure each card in the play deck which puts two cards only 1 card away from being exposed, is the whole key., the more that is done, as mentioned above, the more likely the odds of doing it. If you run thru the most of the deck, and find nothing, then look thru the rest of it. Is it impossible? Then you have to play to remove another card by creating an option for that.

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Blocks keep the game moving very slowly. Figure those out and fix them. if there are only two cards to be played in the deck which can uncover more cards, play those first, and then resume moving through the deck 1 card at a time. and checking possibilities, again. Eventually, you’ll reach a point very often where only 2-3 cards can be played 1 after another in a single pile to release another covered card. Play those!!! Why wait? Even a single card uncovered can set into play a whole series of uncoverings which will win.

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There is a method called metaphorically, climbing the stairs, to release cards needed. Some method don’t allow that. OF course, because it require intelligent play and wins!!!  It’s done this way. We develop a series of cards in red/black alternations rising jup to higher cards.

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Of instance we have a series of cards of say red 5, black6, R7, B8 up to B10. A nearby line is similar to it, with a different set of B6, say a Clubs7 next to a 8Hearts, and so forth. We need the red heart to release to the Ace pile a 9Heart. So we move the cards around to get to put in the 7Club the ace heart, releasing the 8Heart. Then play it, the 9Heart gets played and we uncover the card under the 9Heart, and game progresses. There are many variations on this, and some can be quite complicated to do, but those can be done. and be ready to “adjust the deck” once to win, as well. Too many times, but can be done to practice the method, and get fluent, facilitated in doing it, too. The brain likes those interesting, new exercises, too.

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This is the point. the ability to recognize patterns in solitaire play is EXACTLY like finding winning strategies in most everything else. Find the patterns and which repeat and then use them to win. The brain is very good at that, and is NOT logical, but complex system methods. We solve problems by realizing as did Ulam in the 1950’s, that complex systems have built in repeating stabilities associated with them, which are seen, again & again, because they are least energy repetitions. Knowing those are there creates options to use those to predict and control events, as in solitaire. It’s the universal rule to learning how to develop skills to win at life. And it’s very simply least energy, too.

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So, while playing solitaire, you’re learning to find the repeating patterns to create solutions to winning. The same with Suduko, and crossword puzzles. Create new information by pattern recognition, the information needed to solve those NP problems. Adding information to how the cards can be played, does the same. Solitaire has roughly 10 exp. 67 ways of being dealt. That’s complex system. finding & learning the repeating patterns allows us to create strategies, skills, options and methods to win at any task. It’s NOT logical, but in fact complex system comparison process thinking. And that’s how its done. & why applying math to solitaire is very hard to do. It’s complex system.

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A Mother’s Wisdom:

https://jochesh00.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/a-mothers-wisdom/