Most people understand the Freecell rules, but not everyone understands them.

Freecell energy moves. Understanding PowerMoves is one of the most important keys to winning Freecell, and knowing how they work will increase your chances of winning Freecell.

A Freecell powermove (also called a supermove), is simply a shortcut move. It allows

you move a sequence of cards in a single move, instead of making many individual moves

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However, it is not a special move.

It’s just a shortcut, to move all the cards in the sequence in one move, instead of

several moves using the available free cells and empty columns.

The number of cards you can move in a super move sequence is based on how many

free cells and empty columns are available. Some freecells games implement this

incorrectly and allows you to move any number of cards in a sequence.

But this is wrong. If you were unable to move the sequence using individual card moves,

then you can’t move the sequence using a powermove either.

A free cell super move uses the empty columns and free cells as efficiently as

possible, to ensure that you can move the maximum number of cards. to find out how

many cards can be moved, the following formula is used:

(1 + number of empty free cells) * 2 ^ (number of empty columns)

This is easier to understand by looking at the following graph:

Empty Columns Empty Freecells Card Sequence Length

0 0 1

0 1 2

0 2 3

0 3 4

0 4 5

1 0 2

1 1 4

1 2 6

1 3 8

1 4 10

2 0 4

2 1 8

2 2 12

2 3 16

2 4 20

This assumes that you are moving the sequence to a non-empty column. If you are

move to an empty column, then the column you are moving to doesn’t count

as empty column.

A freecell powermove can always be split into several individual moves.

Suppose you have 1 empty column and 1 empty free cell. From the table above

We can see that we can move a sequence of 4 cards. Suppose we want to move 9,8,7,6

sequence in a 10. The movements would proceed as follows:

- Move the 6 to the free cell (now an empty column, no empty free cells)
- Move the 7 to the empty column (now there are no empty columns and no empty free cells)
- Move the 6 to the 7 (now there are no empty columns and an empty free cell)
- Move the 8 to the free cell (now there are no empty columns and no empty free cells) li>
- Move the 9 to the 10 (now there are no empty columns and no empty free cells)
- Move the 8 to the 9 (now there are no empty columns and an empty free cell)
- Move the 6 to the free cell (now no empty column, no empty free cells)
- Move the 7 to the 8 (now an empty column and no free empty cells)
- Move the 6 to the 7 (now an empty column and an empty free cell)

So in this example powermove has saved us time by allowing us to do 1 move

instead of 9.

There are a few things to note in this example:

- Free cells and empty columns are used temporarily. At the end of the powermove, the number of free cells and empty columns is the same as at the beginning of the powermove.
- Free cells and empty columns are used in the most efficient way possible. There is no way more cards have been moved.
- Only empty cells and empty columns were used. Cards in other stacks were NOT used as temporary storage spaces.

This last point is particularly noteworthy. A super move will only use the free cells.

and empty columns. It does not take into account any other cards in the tableau. This

means you can often move a longer sequence by interrupting moves

yourself, or by doing various power moves.

In the example above, if there were a spare 9 in the box with the correct color,

a much longer sequence could have been moved. The sequence 8,7,6 would be

he passed the other 9 first. So we could move another 4 cards using a normal one

powermove (Because we still have an empty column and a free cell). so now we could

move 9,10,J,Q to a King, and then move the 8,7,6 to the 9 again. then by

dividing the sequence into 2 moves, we can move a sequence of 7

instead of 4

Being aware of this deficiency of super moves will allow you to move longer.

sequences, which goes a long way in winning some of the tougher freecell offers.

The other thing to keep in mind with super moves is the importance of empty files.

are. If you look at the above chart again, you’ll see that the empty columns are very

valuable in freecell. Four empty cells allow you to move a sequence of 5 moves,

while two empty cells and two empty columns allow you to move a sequence of 12!

So try to empty the columns as soon as you can!