5 games that are hard to master

Posted on: December 15, 2016

Poker is considered to be a game that you can quickly learn, but is difficult to master. But that is still nothing compared to these 5 games that are even more difficult to be an expert at. So let’s get away from the Poker table for now and let’s ponder on the five games that are the hardest to master:

  1. Go

Go is a 2-player abstract strategy board game that began in Ancient China estimated to have started more than 5,500 years ago, making it the oldest board game that is still played to date.

The aim of the game is to surround more territory than your opponent. It is played on a grid of black lines that is usually 19 x 19 (with 9 x 9 and 13 x 13 variants0). The game pieces are called stones and are played on the intersections of the lines of the grid. Once the stone is placed on the grid, it cannot be removed. But it can be captured by the opponent when the stone is orthogonally-adjacent to the opponent’s stones.

What makes Go one of the hardest games to master is that the possibilities in the game are limitless. Also, the game will proceed until both players decide that neither wants to make another move.

  1. Chess

We all know what Chess is but not all of us know how to play it – more so master it.

Chess is another strategy board game played on a chessboard with 64 squares on an 8 x 8 grid. It is played by 2 persons with 16 pieces each: a king, a queen, 2 bishops, 2 knights, 2 rooks, and 8 pawns, with different moves per type of piece.

The aim of the game is to checkmate the opponent’s king, a position in which the king cannot escape because all steps that he will make will put him on the range of the opponent’s next attack. This is done as you attack and capture.

What makes it difficult is that there are different combinations of moves for you to win, and that you will have to do that as you counter the moves of your opponent.

  1. Bridge

Bridge is considered to be the hardest card game out there. It is played by 4 players on 2 teams, using a standard 52-card deck.

Bridge is a trick-taking game with 13 tricks per round. A trick starts with a player leading, or making the first play of the card. The player with the highest-ranked card wins the trick. The goal of the game is to guess how many tricks the partnership can win. If the team guesses right, they receive points, but if they not, they get penalty.

  1. Diplomacy

Diplomacy is a strategic board game for 2 to 7 players that was made by Allen Calhamer and released in 1959. It plays on a map of war-time Europe, plus parts of Middle East and North Africa. The players take control of the army of the game’s Seven Great Powers: Austria-Hungary, England, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and Turkey.

Unlike other war-themed board games, negotiation is part of the game and it actually takes most of the time when playing the game.

The aim of the game is to take control of most of the cities and provinces marked as supply centers. To win, you must have the highest score on the end of the year report.

  1. Hex

Hex was invented by Danish mathematician Piet Hein in 1942. This abstract strategy board game is played by 2 players taking turn in placing a colored stone on a single cell on the playing board. To win the game, a player must be able to form a connected path of his stones to link the opposing sides of the board marked by his color. It is hard because you will have to form a connection of your stones as you try to stop that of your opponent. The first player always has the advantage until the pie-rule was introduced in which the second player is given the chance to switch positions with the first player.

To master a difficult game, you must play with determination to learn the game

These five games are the hardest to master but there are still expert players around. They have taken the time to learn the game and that is what makes them masters of their respective games.

It’s now time to go back to the poker table. Are you ready to master it?