How To Win Every Board Game This Christmas And Prove Your Worth As A Son
Expert advice on winning at Monopoly, Scrabble, Cluedo and more.
If there's one thing that always goes wrong at Christmas, it's the board games. Namely, because Aunt Karen gets a little too competitive after 3 wines, but also because we never win - and we all know people who claim they only play 'for the fun' is lying.
But luckily for us - and you, probably - Mail Online spoke to scientists, mathematicians and world champions at the most popular Christmas games about how to guarantee a win at them this festive period.
So, first up (and arguably the most important), Monopoly. The main advice is that the key to winning the board game is to buy all the orange properties - with the current reigning UK Monopoly champion telling the website that statistically, you're more likely to land on the likes of Vine Street, Bow Street and Marlborough Street than anywhere else.
Why? Well because they're close to Jail, anyone who sets off from Jail is more likely to land on them - and we all know how easy it is to end up in the prison.
As for Scrabble, the key is apparently to know as many two and three-letter words as possible - with over 100 of the former and thousands of the latter existing in the English Dictionary. By doing so, you can score high points and constantly, and get rid of difficult letters such as Q, Z and V.
It's also worth noting that the current world champion at Scrabble thinks it's important to play aggressively - not defensively. What this means is that you should play your best-performing word, regardless of whether you think it opens up the board for your opponent, namely because they might not have the letters or word-making opportunities you think they have.
Next up, let's talk Cluedo - the game which involves discovering the murderer/weapon/room combination from 324 options - with world Cluedo champion Josef Kollar (who incidentally also appears on Gogglebox) saying his key tip is to use his own sheets, not the ones that come with the game.
This is because the ones that come with the game are all in the same order - meaning your competitors will be able to which person you've crossed off from glancing at your sheet.
With Cluedo, bluffing about who you suspect is key because it puts your opponents off the scent, with Josef commenting: "It may sound like a throwaway move, but you can suggest something which you know is impossible."
Happy board gaming, people.
From: Cosmopolitan UK