Amazons is a solitaire card game which is
played with a deck of playing cards. What is interesting about this game
is that it is played with a stripped deck, i.e. one that has its deuces,
treys, fours, fives, and sixes removed. This game is so named because if
the game is won, all queens are shown on full view, so all kings are
removed as well.
First, four cards are dealt. They would be the reserve. Above it is a
space for the foundations. Once an ace is available, it is placed on the
foundations and each ace should be placed in order on which they become
The first four cards dealt are the bases of the reserve piles, the top
card of each being available only to the foundation immediately above
it. The exception to this rule is a queen can be moved to its foundation
from any pile. The order of placing is A-7-8-9-10-J-Q.
When play goes on a standstill, four more cards are then dealt, one on
each reserve pile, and stop to see if any of the cards dealt can be
placed on the foundations. Spaces are not filled until the next deal.
This process is repeated until the stock runs out. When it does, a new
stock is formed by placing each pile over its right-hand neighbor, turn
them face down and deal; this should be done without reshuffling. The
process of dealing the cards, building to the foundations, and redealing,
is repeated without limits until the game is won or lost.
The game is won when all cards are built onto the foundations, with the
queens at the top.