It always ended in tears. Mine, of course. It is a game of strategy, so I was doomed to failure from the start. I never learned to play the game well, nor did I learn to avoid it. We had some royal set-to's.
Eventually the game disappeared.
My own (now adult) children certainly got very competitive with one another over board games although I made sure that I didn't buy 'Risk'. Not so much because of the family, more that I didn't trust myself not to regress to childish behaviour if/when I lost, as I surely would have done.
They competed for the biggest, the best, to be the first, to sit in the front passenger seat of the car, anything at all.
Little darlings. Ha!
Learning how to lose with dignity is difficult and one has a great deal more sympathy for children who struggle with this, than with an adult who should surely have learnt something of this skill along their way through life.
It takes time and patience but it is a lesson worth teaching well. We don't want to smother the desire to win but it is important to learn how to handle both winning and losing.
Always do your best, but be aware that sometimes others may be better than you. Acknowledge their success, then try harder next time.
This applies whether you are an athlete, a chess player, running the egg and spoon race or are competing in the Great British Bake Off.
Sore losers, who blame their failure on anything but themselves, reveal a lot about their lack of maturity, self discipline and perspective.
Accept responsibly for your own failings, learn from your mistakes, stay positive and strive to be kind in victory or defeat.
This is something which my grandchildren are having to learn. I watch their openly expressed emotions and frustration and I am grateful that their parents have to do the bulk of the work.