Nim­ble Thim­ble’s game for world Mo­nop­oly champs

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

Ge­off Christo­pher might col­lect more than $200 when he passes go at the na­tional Mo­nop­oly cham­pi­onships next week­end.

If he can beat his three op­po­nents and ad­vance to the world Mo­nop­oly cham­pi­onships in Las Ve­gas, he could win US$20,000.

“But I won’t hold my breath,” he laughs.

The 25-year-old Grey Lynn res­i­dent works in risk man­age­ment and has played Mo­nop­oly since he was five, usu­ally winning against his two broth­ers.

Mr Christo­pher, aka the Nim­ble Thim­ble, says he doesn’t prac­tise much but man­aged to beat 19 other Mo­nop­oly en­thu­si­asts to win the Auck­land re­gional Mo­nop­oly fi­nals in Fe­bru­ary.

“The game de­pends on luck and strat­egy. At the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion we had to come up with a Monopoly­themed name. My flat­mate sug­gested the Bat­tling Bat­tle­ship but I went with the Nim­ble Thim­ble.”

At the up­com­ing na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, one en­trant is a wild card who will com­pete be­cause they have pur­chased a Mo­nop­oly game.

“They would be a true wild card if they could win it,” says Mr Christo­pher.

A new speed dice has also been in­tro­duced to quicken play but he says a lot of play­ers hadn’t thought about how they could utilise it.

Mo­nop­oly na­tional brand man­ager Stephen Imm says the new dice has added a lot to game play.

“It means prop­er­ties are pur­chased quickly and in tour­na­ment play it has en­abled it to run smoother. It adds a lot more fun and re­quires ex­tra skill, mak­ing the game run for about an hour and a half.”

De­spite this be­ing the 13th Mo­nop­oly com­pe­ti­tion, Mr Imm says it is still not well known be­cause it only hap­pens ev­ery four years.

“In New Zealand it hasn’t been as big.”

Steve New­son came fourth in the Auck­land re­gional com­pe­ti­tion and says Mr Christo­pher is a clever player but also lucky.

“I made an er­ror when I was buy­ing houses that I think cost me the game,” says Mr New­son.

He says it is a cut-throat com­pe­ti­tion: “We all like to win.”

Mr New­son says the speed dice means it is eas­ier for a player to get caught on two sets of the same colour.

In 1980 he pro­gressed to the world champs in Ber­muda where he came sev­enth.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Money, money, money: Ge­off Christo­pher gets ready for the Na­tional Mo­nop­oly Cham­pi­onships next week­end.

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