Klondike Solitaire Chromatics


A classic and common version of solitaire is known as Klondike Solitaire. Klondike Solitaire is played with a deck of Chromatics in a similar manner as with a traditional deck. The primary difference is an “A” tone card is used in place of an Ace and a “G# / Ab” is used in place of a King for an open space.

The Deck:

A 48 card deck of Chromatics Music Playing Cards is used for Chromatics Klondike Solitaire.   Each suit consists of the twelve tone cards as defined by the Chromatic Scale of Music.

The Tableau / Field of Play:

28 cards are dealt out into seven piles, with one card in the first pile, two in the second pile, three in the third, continuing to the last, seventh pile that has seven cards. The top card of each pile
is face up with all the cards beneath the top card, face down.

Klondike Solitaire Table
Klondike Solitaire Table


The game starts with four suit foundations placed above the tableau and are empty until an “A” tone cards are located and available to be moved one of the foundations. Each foundation is used to build the sequence of the chormatic scale in each suit ascending from “A” through “G# / Ab” Once the “A” tone cards are moved to the foundation, each subsequent, ascending, chromatic tone card with matching suit are placed on the foundation “A” tone card as they are found and released.

Objective of the Game:

The objective of the game is to get each suit built on the foundations starting from the “A” tone in ascending order up to the “G# / Ab” tone. When all four suits are built in order, the game is won.

Building the Play:

The play of the game consists of building the tableau through moving cards from the tableau, the stock pile, or the waste pile, freeing cards to make them available to be moved to their respective foundation.

Each of the seven columns or piles in the tableau can be used to build piles of face up cards, descending the chromatic scale, alternating red and black suits. If a column becomes blank and creates a space, the space can only be filled by the highest value card, a “G# / Ab”. Each column is built with the descending chromatic scale until cards become available to be placed with matching suit on the foundations in the ascending chromatic scale.

During play, if the top card in a column in the tableau starts with a “G# / Ab”, the entire column can be moved to an empty column space should a space become available. If a column does not start with a
“G# / Ab”, it can be moved to another column provided the top card of the column is the next descending value and alternate color of the bottom card of the destination column. Example: If a column has a
black “E” tone as it’s top card, the “E” tone card and all cards below it can be moved to another column that has the an exposed red “F” tone card that is available on which to be played.