Legend says that Solitaire was invented to entertain Louis XIV, "The Sun King" who ruled from 1643 to 1715. A French engraving dating from 1697 shows Princess de Soubise playing the very fashionable game. The goal of this classic Marble Solitaire strategy game is to remove as many marbles as possible, by "jumping" one marble over another, either horizontally or vertically. The rules are deceptively simple as it is definitely an intriguing challenge. It's no wonder that Solitaire has endured in popularity over the centuries. With its vibrant Caribbean blue marbles and walnut stained wood board, our version is also a beautiful addition to the decor of a any room. Solid natural wood board measures 8.5 inches and has groove along edge to keep eliminated marbles from rolling off.