My mum always beats me at Monopoly and insists on doing an embarrassing ‘victory twerk’. How can I win?

Asked by: James Reed, age 14, Taunton

Don’t despair. Monopoly does involve a large degree of luck, but there’s still scope for making the most of what fortune comes your way.

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Computer analysis by US Monopoly expert Tom Friddell has shown that Trafalgar Square is the most landed-on property, and thus worth bagging as soon as possible. The most landed-on colours are red and orange – partly because they often catch people coming out of jail – so these are always good properties to own.

But don’t get too picky or focus on saving your money for later: Friddell’s analysis shows it’s better to own squares as soon as you can. And when you own a colour group, put three houses on all properties before buying any more. Rushing to get a hotel on one property will lower your chances of recuperating your building costs.

If this all sounds like too much effort, then just remember this: if your mum has bagged most of the red and orange squares, there’s little chance of you winning, so just make your excuses and quit.

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