New Scrabble Tips!

30 Apr

Here are some new Scrabble tips to help you play your best and win more Scrabble games!!

Play Often

You’re never going to get better if you only play once a month. Play against friends and family, and also play Scrabble Online to improve your skills against friends and strangers on the internet. The more you play, the better you’ll get. This is true for most things in life!

Improve your vocab

Memorize the 2 letter words and 3 letter words, and learn some new longer words as well. Vocabulary skills definitely help you win more Scrabble games. However, you really don’t need to learn a ton of fancy long words. If you only do one thing to improve your vocab and word knowledge, you should memorize all of the 2 letter Scrabble words.

Play defense

Don’t just play offensive Scrabble. Also pay attention to what you are opening up for your opponent in terms of opportunities to use triple letter and triple word score spaces. If you score a few less points, but don’t open up one of these spaces for your opponent, you’re probably better off! Don’t always score the absolute highest each turn at the cost of good defense. Balance offense and defense and you’ll win more games!

Look for Bingos

This is how the pro’s win. We know you’re probably not a profession if you’re reading this blog, but it’s a mistake to not look for Bingos or 7 letter words each turn. Especially if you’re playing a game with no time limit, take a few minutes to look for a Bingo each turn. Every time you use all 7 letter in your rack in a single turn, you get 50 bonus points. This is how the experienced players often win the game!

Create multiple words

Don’t just create 1 word at a time. Try to lay your word along side other words to create 2, 3, or 4 extra words each turn. Each letter is counting one time for each word it is a part of, as long as the letters were played in the most recent turn. So if you place one of your letters on a “double letter score tile” and create a word in two different directions with that letter, you’re actually multiplying that letter’s point value by 4, not 2!

That’s it for now.  We hope these tips help you get started, or help you continue to improve if you’re already an intermediate player.  We’ll try to come up with more tips in the near future for intermediate or advanced players.

Aside from these hints, the best way to improve is to play consistently.  You won’t get better if you only play one game per month.  Fortunately, Scrabble is a fun and addicting game, especially when played online.  So playing a few times a week should hardly feel like a chore if you enjoy the game and enjoy playing games online in general.

If you play consistently for a few months, you’ll make huge improvements without even noticing.  If possible, play with an online site that tracks your ranking or your win/loss ratio so that you can see how much you’ve improved after a month or two!

Top Scrabble Hints

18 Feb

Nothing can replace practice and experience when it comes to getting better at Scrabble, but these tips and hints can certainly make a quick difference and help you improve rapidly.  Try to incorporate these tips into your overall game plan and you should start winning more often, starting almost immediately.

The proper Scrabble strategy can make all the difference.  You will be able to beat people that have a better vocabulary than you, and people that got better tiles than you throughout a given game because you’ll know these hints and tricks to sway the odds in your favor.  Of course, if your opponent knows these hints, it will be a level playing field.  But that’s still better than if they knew them and you didn’t because then they’d have the distinct advantage.  Because of this, it’s always beneficial to learn hints like this and incorporate them into your playing style.  It will take a bit of time to develop these ideas into real habits, but you can consciously make an effort to implement a few of these things almost immediately.  Try in your next Scrabble game!

1.  Go for 7 letter words.  Each time you use all 7 of your letters on a single play, you get 50 bonus points.

2. play defense, not just offense.  Be careful not to open up Triple Word and Triple Letter Score tiles too often for your opponent, because they will use them to score a lot of points

3. Learn the 2-letter words that are legal in Scrabble.  There are quite a few, you’ll be surprised.  These words can help you create multiple words on each play, which will get you a lot of points.

4. as mentioned above, create multiple words at a time.  Often, creating 4 short words by laying one word across another will result in more points than playing one long 5 or 6 letter word

Visit the links below if you’re looking for more Scrabble information or a full list of hints

Scrabble Online Resource

Scrabble Hints

 

Playing with friends:

Most of my friends play Words with Friends on their iphones, but they don’t play regular Scrabble.

As someone who’s passionate about the game (Scrabble, not Words with Friends), I’ve started trying to get a few friends to give it a try online with me.

Most of them aren’t great at the game.  This is because Words with Friends is an easier game, and it checks words for you so you can guess whether something is a word or not.  But I’ve convinced a few friends to start playing, and it’s been a lot of fun playing against them online.  We also discuss strategies and hints to help each other improve, which is a ton of fun as well.

We’ll see where this goes.  Hopefully I can keep them hooked.  I plan to provide an update in 1-2 months.  My goal is to get my friends excited about the classic game of Scrabble, and get them to play online enough to get to a high level of skill so that we can challenge each other and eventually play in tournaments hopefully.

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