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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published December 25th 2014
The 5 Best Boardgames

My hand made chess set from overseas.

As a kid and still as an adult I have always loved to play board games. It didn't have to be just on a rainy day when you couldn't get outside to play or work in the garden. It was at any time.

Board games are a great way to entertain your kids when they say, "Dad I bored and I have nothing to do". It a great way to bring people together. So what I thought that I would do is share with you all what I think are the five best board games that I like to play.


As a kid growing up at Penshurst I had a neighbour who taught me how to play Chess. In those early years it taught me a number of things, one of which is: How to think ahead before I do anything.

Chess is a two-player is a strategy board game that is played on a board with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. It is one of the world's most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide in homes, parks, clubs, online, by correspondence and there are even world championships played.

After doing a bit of research into who was the 2014 world champion of chess I didn't realise how many levels and types or world champions of chess. You can become the world, junior world, grandmaster, junior grandmaster, women's, senior, correspondence, computer, Blitz, Rapid and teams world champions, just to name some. I am sure that there are a few more.
Each chess piece has certian moves they can make.

All of which are sanctioned by the World Chess Federation and is also a recognized sport of the International Olympic Committee

The World Chess Championship 2014 was a match between the world champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Viswanathan. It was held from 7th to 28th November 2014. The match was decided after eleven of twelve scheduled games and on 23rd November 2014 Carlsen retained his title, winning three games, losing one and drawing seven.

The objective of the game of chess is to checkmate your opponent by placing their king under an inescapable position or by them surrendering their king to you.Checkers
Checkers or drafts is played by two opponents, on opposite sides of the game board. One player has the dark pieces; the other has the light pieces. Players take alternate turns. The player with the light pieces moves first unless stated otherwise and a move consists of moving a piece diagonally to an adjacent unoccupied square. If the adjacent square contains an opponent's piece, and the square immediately beyond it is vacant, the piece may be captured (and removed from the game) by jumping over it.
This magnetic set of checkers can be play in the car.

Uncrowned pieces (men) move one step diagonally forward, and capture an opponent's piece by moving two consecutive steps in the same line, jumping over the piece on the first step. Multiple opposing pieces may be captured in a single turn provided this is done by successive jumps made by a single piece; the jumps do not need to be in the same line but may "zigzag" (change diagonal direction).

When a man reaches the crownhead or kings row (the farthest row forward), it becomes a king, and is marked by placing an additional piece on top of the first man, and acquires additional powers including the ability to move backwards (and capture backwards, in variants in which they cannot already do so). As with non-king men, a king may make successive jumps in a single turn provided that each jump captures an opponent man or king.

The objective of the game is to try a capture all of your opponent's pieces or make is that they cannot make another move.

Noted world champions include Andrew Anderson James Wyllie, Robert Martins, Robert D. Yates, James Ferrie, Alfred Jordan, Newell W. Banks, Robert Stewart, Asa Long, Walter Hellman, Marion Tinsley, Derek Oldbury, Ron King, Michele Borghetti, Alex Moiseyev, Patricia Breen, and Amangul Durdyyeva. As the men's version dates to the 1840s it predates the men's Draughts World Championship, the championship for men in International draughts, by several decades.

The winners in men's have been from the United Kingdom, United States, Barbados, and most recently Italy in the 3-Move division. However the woman's championship is more recent than the woman's championship in International draughts and started in 1993. On the women's side the winners have been from Ireland, Turkmenistan, and the Ukraine.

Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by placing tiles, each bearing a single letter, onto a game board which is divided into a 1515 grid of squares. The tiles must form words which, in a crossword fashion. The words must be defined in a standard dictionary.

The board is marked with premium squares, which multiply the number of points awarded. There are 8 dark red triple-word squares, 17 pink double-word squares, 12 dark blue triple-letter squares, and 24 light blue double-letter squares.
You can't make up your own word when playing scrabble. They have to be in the dictionary.

The name of the game spelled out in game tiles from the English-language version. Each tile is marked with their point value except for the blanks tile which is worth nothing, but can count as any letter.

In an English-language set, the game contains 100 tiles, 98 of which are marked with a letter and a point value ranging from 1 to 10.
You try to use as many high scoring tiles in your words.

The World Scrabble Championship is the most prestigious title in competitive English-language Scrabble. It has been held every second year since 1991. The current World Scrabble Champion is Craig Beevers. He won the title at the 2014 SCRABBLE World Championship held in London, United Kingdom.

Rummikub is a game of chance with some strategy thrown in and the main components are a pool of tiles, consisting of 104 number tiles and two or more joker tiles. The number tiles range in value from one to thirteen, in four colors ( black, yellow, blue and red, or other). Each combination of color and number is represented twice. Players each have a rack (container) to store tiles, without revealing the face of the tiles to the other players.
You need at least three tiles to make up a set before you can put it down.

Tiles are shuffled together and either placed into a bag, or spread out face down across the table. Each player draws and reveals one tile. The player whose tile has the highest number value will start the game. Tiles are returned to the pool, and players in turn collect 14 random tiles and arrange them on their racks. Play then begins with the starting player, and proceeds in a clockwise direction.

The object of the game is to be the first player that has no tiles left and the next world championships of Rummikub will be held in Germany in 2015.

Monopoly Monopoly is an American-originated board game originally published by the Parker brothers and the game is named after the economic concept of Monopoly. Which is the complete domination of a market by a single entity. Players move around the game board buying or trading properties, developing their properties with houses and hotels, and collecting rent from their opponents, with the goal being to drive them into bankruptcy.
I use to love being the banker.

Since 1935, the game has been played by more than a billion people around the world and the first world championship was held in 1973. It's been 4 years since the last World Championship was held in 2009 at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas and they are trying to have the next world championship in 2015 where more than 40 countries will compete.
The more houses and hotels you had the more money you made.

Who would have thought all those years ago when I was a kid that I could have become the world champion at either Chess, Checkers, Scrabble, Rummikub or Monopoly.

No I am afraid not as sometimes I didn't take the game seriously and made up my own rules for playing these games.

What's your favourite board game?
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