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How to win at 5 classic board games

How to Win At 5 Classic Board Games

BuzzFeed compiled game winning strategies from Datagenics, BoardGameGeeks & About.com to bring you the ultimate game winning strategies for Monopoly, Chess, Battleship, Connect 4 and Hungry Hungry Hippos. Warning: These awesome tips might ruin friendships.

Monopoly: Buy everything you land on! Don't buy property sets already owned by more than one player. Build houses on your lowest valued properties first. These properties cost less and are worth it early on. Later in the game, stay in jail for as long as you can. You'll keep earning money, and pay nothing. The orange properties are the most valuable. They are the most landed on, due to their location from jail.

Connect 4: Drop your disc in the bottom, middle column. Even if both players play perfectly, you will always win within 41 moves.

Chess: Checkmate in 4 moves. Using your bishop for protection, move the queen in for the kill. Checkmate!

Hungry Hungry Hippos: Don't just mash the lever, keep the mouth propped open. Hold down the lever about 2/3 of the way down. Stray balls will roll into your mouth. Yum.

Battleship: When hunting for enemy ships, imagine the ocean as a checkerboard. Never strike within one space of a miss. This will cut the need for random guessing by half. If you hide smaller ships at a "t," your opponent may be fooled, and may decide to attack elsewhere.

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lowbug April 12 2014 at 10:03 AM

The chess moves ONLY work if the opponent follows the very first move after yours.

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laclone April 12 2014 at 12:11 PM

Every child should learn Chess.

That Chess move shown here with your Queen ONLY works if your opponent counters your Queen's move with his KN to KB3.

If he moves P-KN3 instead, then the 4 move checkmate goes right out the window, and your Queen is now at risk, and you've now got a real game on your hands.

The thing to keep in mind with this opening is that, although it appears intimidating, your Queen isn't an immediate threat to him, unless he reacts to it as you want him to.

Q-KB2

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dwtomczyk April 12 2014 at 12:06 PM

you must by properties you land on or it goes up for auction. on $200.00 bounu for landing on "get out of jail" (original monoply rules)

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donbanf dwtomczyk April 12 2014 at 1:07 PM

I have a classic Monopoly set and it's true, at least your first assertion that the rules say if you land on a property and don't buy it, it immediately goes up for auction. We never played it that way but that is the rule. There is no landing on "get out of jail", there's no such space on the original board.

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CalSailor April 12 2014 at 12:05 PM

I've found out that a good beginning move in Battleship, esp. when playing with a computer, and playing salvo option: Make your first game on a diagonal in the general area of the middle of the board: Ie, 3c, 4d, 5e, 6f, 7g. That guarantees if one of their ships is anywhere within a significant part of the board, you'll hit one space. Then, next game, focus on the ship you hit (turn two: use two shots to cover vertical and horizontal orientation of first hit, with the rest of the your shots either finishing the original diagonal, or another parallel diagonal two spaces over. Turn three: Complete sinking first ship if needed, moving on to repeat with each one you hit. Almost always most efficient way to play.

Pr Chris

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Hello, Mary April 12 2014 at 2:17 PM

Thanks!

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pikespeakrentals April 13 2014 at 5:43 AM

wish the 4 move checkmate was discussed

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Whitebeach April 12 2014 at 12:41 PM

the chess advice is great if your opponent knows zero about openings and cannot think even one move ahead

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ERIC Whitebeach April 12 2014 at 1:07 PM

Exactly. Such basic advice as given above about chess would only work against people who suck at chess and can't see more than one or two moves ahead.

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wickedcoolally April 12 2014 at 10:34 AM

why is there a video when it's just the article word-for-word?

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mbrheljr April 12 2014 at 9:07 AM

Anybody else hate SLOW NEWS DAYS???

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donbanf mbrheljr April 12 2014 at 1:52 PM

Aw, but it's not a slow news day. There are other things on AOL today including the story about the Fed Ex truck killing a bunch of students on a bus. But it's happier to delve into old board games, brings back fun memories for a lot of us.

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wittlief April 12 2014 at 7:18 AM

Monopoly
Be the banker
Give yourself extra money....

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yellowberry3535 wittlief April 12 2014 at 8:55 AM

i like that idea

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donbanf wittlief April 12 2014 at 1:50 PM

I have a friend who used to pilfer from the bank when no one was looking. He thought all was fair in love war and Monopoly. The rest of us didn't like it.

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