This Klondike win, with its new jump to 48.4% wins, was a long time in coming, but it was my fastest ever: 1.33 minutes. I slogged up through the wins by tenths from 47.7 to here, but it took over a month. As in the October Klondike post, I busted through a record and then fell back at every step. It takes patience – too much of it. My main strategy change is even more aggressive shuffling of cards from top to bottom, and vice-versa, to give myself every possible chance to promote just one extra card to the top foundation piles – while the iron is hot.
“Aggressive” means: if you have a two of hearts burying its own ace at end of game, and if you can disassemble a couple of large stacks on the top foundation piles all the way down to the three of clubs, and play that deuce, you have another win. The alternative is saying you’re stuck and willing to lose the game.
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