Games lost against a 5-year-old
Jan U
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Normally I would expect little children to be superb in memory-like games. But in a more complex game? It would seem that grown-ups should have most advantages on their side. Right?

Well, this is a list for games where you got severely beat by a 5-year-old (+/-) in a game where you wouldn't see this coming...
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1. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:132] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
Jan U
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This happened last Saturday. We went visiting some friends and at some point their kids (8 & 5 years old) wanted to play Ticket to Ride.

I haven't played for a couple of years and things weren't going too bad from my point of view. The kids were playing along nicely, with especially the youngest collecting huge piles of cards which he needed to build his connection Los Angeles-Miami (or so). Well, myself I had some struggles getting my tracks out of El Paso but I did manage to build my initial two mission tracks, drew three new and saw that I could probably manage to build all of them as well.

At some point the kid's father initiated the last round (I was just one single track short of completing my last route) and I was still feeling not too bad with my 4 completed routes, especially since the kid's mother was loudly complaining all the time how she didn't manage to complete a few of hers.

Game ends and victory point counting starts. At this point it dawned on me that the primary way of making victory points is not by completing secret routes but by simply building many long tracks. Yay me. I had a single 5er and one or two 4's. So, long story short, the youngest (5 years!) shared victory with his father (both had ~150 points), the 8 year old was third with ~130 points, the mother had ~90 (mentioning that this was her worst game ever) and I came in at 75 or so. Ahem.

Still feels a tad better than loosing Power Grid to our vacuum cleaner, but that is another story.
 
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2. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:416] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
Max DuBoff
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No surprise here. I totally saw this one coming. It's actually happened about three times by now (I'm a Class B tournament player, who until recently was Class C, so I see a good number of 6- or 7-year-old geniuses.
 
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