Scrabble is played by millions worldwide. Half of the households in Britain have a set. It’s the board game of choice everywhere from Buckingham Palace to prisons.
But are you getting the most fun you can out of Scrabble? Do you run out of inspiration, ﬁnd you always have awkward racks, or just keep losing?
One comment you may often ﬁnd yourself making in Scrabble as you stare at your rack or play a really low-scoring move is “I just can’t do anything”.
This is the wrong way to think. You can always do something. You may not necessarily have a great-scoring move on that shot, but you can do something to improve your rack and give yourself a better chance next time.
Too many vowels? Too many consonants? A lovely word on your rack but it doesn’t ﬁt on the board? There are ways of dealing with all these problems, but the ﬁrst tip has to be “Think positive!”
Over the next few weeks and months we’ll give you more tips to improve your play and help you enjoy the game.
By Barry Grossman
Barry is a leading UK Scrabble player and winner of several tournaments. He is the author of Scrabble for Beginners (Chambers), Need to Know Scrabble, Scrabble – Play to Win and The Little Book of Scrabble Trickster. He has also contributed to numerous other books on the subject of words and word-games, has been a series champion of Channel 4’s Countdown, and has written four comedy series for BBC Radio 4. He lives in Hertford.
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