My niece had just one chance to avoid being grounded. She had to play 3 games of chess against her mother and father, who would take turns to be her opponent. If she had to win 2 consecutive games in order to succeed, and her father was a stronger player than her mother, who should she play first and why?
Her father since she can't get two consecutive games against her mother anyway, she should give herself two chances to beat the stronger player. Of course, she better watch out for her mom! One loss and she's out (or maybe I should say, stuck in!)