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Scrabble Player's Handbook

Scrabble Player's Handbook

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A handbook for scrabble players, written by experts!
A handbook for scrabble players, written by experts!

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The Scrabble Player's Handbook is available for free download atwww.scrabbleplayershandbook.com
Introduction3Meet The Team5What's Different About Competitive Scrabble?10How To Play Good Scrabble11The Words14What Is Scrabble?16Scoring Well21Understanding Rack Leaves32Word Learning35The First Move46Tile Tracking50Time Management54Exchanging58Phoneys64Set-Ups65Open and Closed Boards68The Endgame75Playing Style85How To Play Amazing Scrabble94The Luck Element98The Game Behind The Game99Starting Out in Competitive Play101Quackle103Zyzzyva109Internet Scrabble Club115 Aerolith117Scrabble by Phone119Books121Scrabble Variants123Scrabble Around The World125Playing Equipment127Glossary128 Appendix133Rules Governing Word Inclusion133Two-letter words137Three-letter words140
SCRABBLE® is a registered trademark. All intellectual property rights in and to the game are owned in the U.S.A. by HasbroInc., in Canada by Hasbro Canada Inc. and throughout the rest of the world by J.W. Spear & Sons Ltd. of Maidenhead SL6 4UB,England, a subsidiary of Mattel Inc. Mattel and Spear are not affiliated with Hasbro or Hasbro Canada.
The Scrabble Player's Handbook 
is available free of charge. There is no copyright on the contents and readers are encouraged todistribute the book in PDF or printed form to all who would benefit from it. Please respect our work by retaining the footer on every pageand by refraining from reproducing any part of this book for financial gain.
Thank you to the following people who helped with this project through contribution of ideas, support and proof-reading:
Craig Beevers, Theresa Bennett, Robyn Bowie, Anand Buddhdev, Amy Byrne, John Chew, Bridget Dunbar, Kate Fukawa-Connelly,Oliver Garner, Barry Grossman, Cornelia Guest, Sarah-Jane Holden, Nicky Huitson, Rik 'Koftgari' Kennedy, Kitty-Jean Laginha,Chris May, Wendy Pittman, David Sutton, Michael Thelen, John Van Pelt, David Webb, Mike Whiteoak.Scrabulizer software (www.scrabulizer.com) was used for the board diagrams. Many thanks to Seth Lipkin for the website design.Special thanks to Chris Philpot for the front cover artwork. Chris's websitewww.chrisphilpot.co.ukoffers a glimpse into his many talents.
“Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate!” 
The Scrabble Player's Handbook is available for free download atwww.scrabbleplayershandbook.com2
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
quite good 
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.
The Scrabble Player's Handbook is available for free download atwww.scrabbleplayershandbook.com3

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