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Geoffrey Burrell
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I played Kingdomino with 2 other adults and a six year old. The amazingly bright 6 year old defeated the adults by at least 8 points. How old was the youngest player in your experiences was able to defeat adults in a board game? The kid had played a lot with his family.
 
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Mike Vande Ven Jr.
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My son has been beating adults at games since he was 4. He's amazingly good at a lot of games.
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My mate's 3yo beat her at Sleeping Queens the other day.

Young kids winning at games is pretty normal. I still haven't beaten my 7yo at My Little Scythe (she has been dominating in our house for the last year or so since I really introduced games).

Game choice has a lot to do with it, she isn't beating me at regular Scythe (thought I am slowly teaching her the rules!!), but all the games that I have chosen that I think suit our family, the kids do very well.

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Yes I agree with above, my kids (4 and 6) win a lot of the time. I mean, we play games appropriate for their ages but they've beaten us at every game we've played with them, like Sleeping Queens, Best Treehouse Ever, Uno, The Enchanted Tower, etc.
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My daughter beat me (legitimately) at Carcassonne at age 4.

We didn't count farmers so had slightly simply rules, but it was the real game and she used real strategy.

She successfully beat me at Dominion at 6, completely playing by the rules.
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I have a 7 year old that has been regularly beating adults for a couple years at games that aren't pure luck.
 
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My 3-year-old regularly beats me at Patchwork. We play by the full rules. Admittedly, I don't plan as far forward as I would when playing my wife, but I won't make a sub-optimal move at a given point in time.
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My boys at 3 years of age could beat adults seriously trying to win at For Sale. I am not sure if that is saying something about the game or the adults. Their strategy was to bid heavily on cards that had pictures they liked, like the space station, tree house and the dog kennel. They would put one more coin in the bid (if they had the cash) when they liked the picture. In the second part they choose cards randomly. Somehow they sometimes won by completely ignoring the game state.
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I get regularly beaten in memory games like Chicken Cha Cha Cha, sometimes in games with bluffing/deduction/luck like Mausgetrixt and dexterity games like PitchCar Mini with 4 yo and up.

As for strategy games, this has not yet happened, unless I handicap properly.
 
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Trevi wrote:
My boys at 3 years of age could beat adults seriously trying to win at For Sale. I am not sure if that is saying something about the game or the adults. Their strategy was to bid heavily on cards that had pictures they liked, like the space station, tree house and the dog kennel. They would put one more coin in the bid (if they had the cash) when they liked the picture. In the second part they choose cards randomly. Somehow they sometimes won by completely ignoring the game state.

This is how my 6yo often wins complicated games, using a strategy that wins despite her not strategising to the extent of the adults at the table.

Unstable Unicorns:Chaos is a great example, hubby and I are playing cards that affect each other, stealing each others cards, laying down cards that wreak havoc on each other... but she just plays basic cards, round after round, and by the time we realise it is just too late.
 
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When he was six, my son beat me at Vegas Showdown.
My 6-year-old casino mogul
 
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My worst loss to a young 'un was a 7 year old lad who kicked my ass at Magic: The Gathering. He won 2 games to nil in seven minutes! cry

I always seem to lose to kids at Dobble as well. They just so much quicker than I am!
 
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I think we aren’t recognizing the fact that we overtly or subconsciously play sub-optimally when playing with children and/or are playing games with a lot of luck. My 6.5 year old son has beaten me at a handful of different games (Kingdomino, Catan Jr, T2R Jr, etc.), but I take it with a grain of salt for that reason. I usually try wacky strategies and we both have fun.

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My 7-year old daughter wins on the regular in Dixit.
 
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Cubman23 wrote:
I think we aren’t recognizing the fact that we overtly or subconsciously play sub-optimally when playing with children and/or are playing games with a lot of luck. My 6.5 year old son has beaten me at a handful of different games (Kingdomino, Catan Jr, T2R Jr, etc.), but I take it with a grain of salt for that reason. I usually try wacky strategies and we both have fun.


I think you aren't recognizing that some children can be very intelligent indeed!
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I once witnessed a baby cry at the exact moment to stop his mother from making a bad move during chess, so I would say I a 9 month old beat an adult!

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The Cardboard Kid has been playing modern games since she was five. She started winning in luck-based games (e.g. King of Tokyo) right away, and was competitive in light/medium-light Euros by six.

Now at nine, she's able to compete against adults in tournaments at game conventions, and quite enjoys medium-heavy Euros and war games, although is most comfortable in medium Euros.

Honestly, as cheesy as it sounds, if the kids are having fun -- win or lose -- that counts as a win in our books.
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Nashman88 wrote:
Cubman23 wrote:
I think we aren’t recognizing the fact that we overtly or subconsciously play sub-optimally when playing with children and/or are playing games with a lot of luck. My 6.5 year old son has beaten me at a handful of different games (Kingdomino, Catan Jr, T2R Jr, etc.), but I take it with a grain of salt for that reason. I usually try wacky strategies and we both have fun.


I think you aren't recognizing that some children can be very intelligent indeed!

Meh - parent of two and a teacher for many years. I know better than almost anyone just how smart kids are. I also know how spellbound many parents are about their children and their abilities.
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Cubman23 wrote:
Nashman88 wrote:
Cubman23 wrote:
I think we aren’t recognizing the fact that we overtly or subconsciously play sub-optimally when playing with children and/or are playing games with a lot of luck. My 6.5 year old son has beaten me at a handful of different games (Kingdomino, Catan Jr, T2R Jr, etc.), but I take it with a grain of salt for that reason. I usually try wacky strategies and we both have fun.


I think you aren't recognizing that some children can be very intelligent indeed!

Meh - parent of two and a teacher for many years. I know better than almost anyone just how smart kids are. I also know how spellbound many parents are about their children and their abilities.

Lol, it is the same in all aspects of parenting. You just bite your tongue and say "oh cool". I like to think back to my own first child and how I was quite certain I was the best parent in the whole world that loved their child more than any other parent possibly could, and she was the best (at everything) child that ever existed -- I remind myself of those times so that I am aware that I am not even the best at not thinking I am the best.
 
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Kids have to learn all the intricate rules of the world. Games are awesome because they are mini worlds with limited rules. Think about how much is required to learn a language, to walk, etc. Compared to all that learning and mastering s game especially when they can focus on one isn’t so difficult.
 
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My just turned 5 grandson beats me all the time playing Spirits of the Wild.
 
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GeoffreyB wrote:
I played Kingdomino with 2 other adults and a six year old. The amazingly bright 6 year old defeated the adults by at least 8 points. How old was the youngest player in your experiences was able to defeat adults in a board game? The kid had played a lot with his family.

Kids are smarter than adults, and often can dedicate more time to hobbies. If you start learning chess at the same time as your 6 year old and both of you take to it, by the time the kid is 8 they'll be too good for you to ever beat. edit: maybe it'll take the kid until 10 or 11 if you're smart. There are 13 and 14 year old grandmasters who can beat almost anybody in the world.
 
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