A few months ago, the entire Shiputzim family was into Othello.
But before you get all impressed by our literary and cultural sophistication, I should explain that I’m referring to the classic two-person board game - NOT the famous Shakespearean tragedy.
You see, Othello (aka Reversi) was the subject of MAG’s recent English term paper, and as a result of his research, some of us here in TRLEOOB* picked up a few new tricks –including the highly effective so-called “wall strategy”. (Details available upon request.)
Meanwhile, others used this opportunity to produce a number of intricate designs:
Even ACGAC** got caught up in the Othello craze.
Specifically, ACGAC enjoys a little-known variation of the game called “Switching Colors”.
The basic rules are as follows:
- ACGAC’s opponent plays to the best of his/her ability.
- Whenever ACGAC feels that the situation warrants such a move, the two players switch colors.
- If necessary, the players can switch colors several times during the same game.
- ACGAC always wins. (Surprise, surprise…)
He thus ensured that his daughter always won, but only after an exciting game with several nail-biting upsets. (He would then leave the deck unshuffled for the next time.)
What approach do you take when playing board games with younger children? Do you let them win? Do you give them some sort of handicap? Or do you believe in tough love - as in, “This is the real world. Deal with it! So what if you’re only two years old…”
שבת שלום ומבורך!
*TRLEOOB=the real life equivalent of our blog
**ACGAC=a certain gan-age child of my acquaintance