The Scrabble Player's Handbook
This book has been written by a dozen of the world's leading Scrabble players, all of whom havecompeted in past World Scrabble Championships and many other major international tournaments.Our intention is to provide an easy-to-read guide to everything you need to know about thiswonderful game, whether you are a regular online player, perhaps thinking about steppingnervously into a Scrabble club for the first time, or already a seasoned tournament attendeeinterested in improving to expert status. We'll start off with the basics of competitive Scrabble andend up covering everything the game has to offer at all levels.We are keen to share our advice on everything from word learning and winning strategies topractical information such as where to buy the best Scrabble boards and where to play online.However this book is not just about improvement but about appreciation of the game of Scrabble,which we believe is best achieved by understanding its complexities. We believe that thecombination of creativity, strategy, luck, memory, aesthetics, tension and fun makes Scrabbleworthy of being played at the highest possible level, and furthermore that consistently goodScrabble play is a lot more achievable than many people believe. It is the belief of every contributor to this book that expert level Scrabble play is achievable by
who has the motivation to worktowards it; all you need is the confidence and inspiration to learn, along with the information tellingyou how to get there. We're going to provide you with everything you need to know within thesepages, and hopefully raise a few smiles along the way too. A few years ago an Israeli expert player was giving some advice to a newcomer, only for her toreply: “Oh I don't want to take it that seriously, I only play for fun”. The expert replied: “Well what doyou think I play it for, misery?!”. Scrabble is a game in which enjoyment improves concurrently withability. Wide open boards with many possibilities lead to higher scores and a more interestingexperience for both players. If crazy words with obscure meanings put you off then you may wellbe reading the wrong book; this is very different from Scrabble with granny at Christmas. Contraryto some people's belief that learning useful Scrabble vocabulary “takes the fun out of the game”,the authors of this book know how much fun it can be to lay down a bizarre-looking combination of letters in the knowledge that the opponent's attempt to challenge it off will be unsuccessful, or howthrilling it can be to combine word-power with a well devised strategy to squeak a win out of aseemingly impossible endgame
Competitive Scrabble is tough and you must prepare to make a thousand mistakes without givingup; remember that an expert is defined as someone who has made every possible mistake within anarrow field! But remember also that 99% of people will never be more than
at anything;if you want to be in the 1% that are excellent at something, this book will teach you how.Whether you're an online Scrabble fan wanting a few tips to help beat your friends or whether you're curious about taking your Scrabble to “the next level”, we hope you get as much enjoymentout of this book as we have from writing it. Please help us to share our love of the game bydistributing this book to anyone who might benefit from it; it is a gift to all Scrabble lovers acrossthe world from the people who understand the game better than anyone else.This is how we play Scrabble.