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Solitaire Over 200 Years Old

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When you look in the games section on your computer you’ll see solitaire.  It’s a game that can be played alone and is a great way to pass the time. It can be frustrating when hand after hand you lose but almost magical when you win. Solitaire dates back more than 200 years with records showing 1783 as the date it originated in Germany. When the French started playing the game its popularity soared in the 1800’s and became even more popular when it made its way to England in the late 19th century.
It is said Napolian Bonaparte played the game while in exile and it was Prince Albert, husband of Queen Vicotoria, who introduce it to England and was an avid player. At first it was a competitive game with players either taking turns or multiple players with their own deck of cards competing to see who could clear the table first. The French word used for the game meant success, the English called the game patience, the Danish called it Solitaire. The classic game of Solitaire has developed over the years into 100 distinct solitaire games with hundreds of variations. Spider Solitaire and Freecell are examples of  variations of the game.

With computers, came an easy way to play the game without having to shuffle a deck of cards every time you wanted to start a new game. With the ease and availability of computer play, solitaire has attacked more players and more players trying the variations of the classic game solitaire.

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