Intelligence is related to the popular La Belle Lucie, but as its name suggests, it offers more opportunities for intelligent play. We’re not expert at this game, but we believe that a good player can win at least one game in two without excessive use of the Undo feature.
Sometimes you’ll need to make some ugly moves to get those empty columns. During the first two deals, you can do that pretty freely. Any blockages you create will be shuffled back into the stock the next time you deal, so they’re not permanent. But during the third and final deal, if you create a blockage you will lose the game.
Remember that Kings can be moved only onto Queens, or onto the foundations. For example, if both Queens of Diamonds are in one pile, and you place a King of Diamonds on top of them, you’ve created a blockage. There’s no way to move that King again (unless you have a deal or two left). You need to be sure that there will still be one Queen free to go to the foundations after you place that King.
A more subtle blockage occurs when a King covers a card of its suit when one full Ace-to-King of that suit have already been played to the foundations. For example, if there’s a King of Spades on top of a 10 of Spades, and one foundation has already been built up to the other King of Spades, you are blocked. This is because the King can’t go to the foundations until the 10 does, but the 10 can’t go until the King uncovers it. The only other place to move the King is onto the remaining Queen, but that will just block the Queen instead of the 10.