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Accordion - solitaire

This article is about the game Accordion. To know more about the musical instrument, see the Accordion article.
A Patience game
Screenshot of Accordion
Family Non-Builder
Deck Single 52-card

Accordion is a solitaire game using one deck of playing cards. The object is to compress the entire deck into one pile like an accordion.


There are two variants of the game in terms of how the game begins.

In one variant, the cards are laid out one by one and are immediately put into play if possible. The number of cards to be laid out range from just one card to how many cards the width of the table can allow (usually a second or third row is constructed in the process). While practical, it also allows an element of surprise as the player does not know the next card to be dealt until all possible plays are exhausted.

In another variant, the cards are spread out in one line. While this variant allows for some tactics to be applied, it can prove to be cumbersome when played with a real deck.

No matter the layout variant, the game is the same. A pile can be moved on top of another pile immediately to its left or separated to its left by two piles if the top cards of each pile have the same suit or rank. Gaps left behind are filled by moving piles to the left.

Here's an example:

5♠ 6♠ 10 5 K♣

According to this example, either 6♠ or 5 can be placed over 5♠. These are the only allowable moves.

The game is won when all cards are compressed into one pile. But since achieving this is next to impossible when cards are dealt one at a time, Alfred Sheinwold mentions in his book 101 Best Family Card Games (ISBN 0-8069-8635-2) that it is considered a win when there are five piles or less at the end of the game.

Tips & Strategies

Before you start playing, locate 4 cards with the same rank that are close and near the end of the layout. Try to get the 4 cards to the end of the layout. You do not want to cover them with other cards until the end of your game.

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