Become A Scrabble Expert – A Guide for Beginners!

Playing scrabble and becoming an expert are two entirely different things but very interrelated. One cannot become a scrabble expert without ever having played the game. Most people want to play to win rather than play to learn. If you are aiming to play to win, then is the place to be. 

However, you can still become an expert without having played a single game of scrabble. How? The answer is simple and will be provided to you in detail in just a few easy steps.

Step by Step Tutorial for Beginners

The first step in conquering a game of scrabble is to set things up like an expert. In this case, you will need a standard game kit containing a game board with 110 tiles, a rack for each player, and most importantly, an opponent to play against. Once each person gets the rack, and the tiles within a bag, shake it up for a good mix, and the game begins!

The second step requires you to choose whether you would like to make the first move or let one of your opponents make the first move. However, this process is not simply based on choice; there is a simple selection behind it. The selection process requires every player to pick a tile randomly from their bag. The player with the tile nearest to the alphabet ‘A’ gets to kick start the game.

The third step involves players picking the tiles. The player that begins the game gets to draw a tile first, followed by every other player picking one in a clockwise direction until each player has 7 tiles. When you draw tiles, remember they are your key weapons at winning the game and should remain hidden from other players.

When taking turns to play, player 1 (the one that draws a tile closest to the alphabet ‘A’) must go first. The word formed needs to contain at least 2 words, and one of the two alphabets from the letter has to be kept on the star in the middle of the board. 

Playing your words diagonally is not possible in a game of scrabble; remember this rule. You can only form words either horizontally or vertically. The one that begins the game gets an edge of acquiring double points. Each player then takes turns to place their tiles. If a player cannot make any combination of words when it’s their turn, they can skip. However, one player cannot skip twice in a row. The game ends once a player has used all their tiles or there are no more word combinations that can be played. The winner is decided by counting the total points accumulated.

The fourth step involved tallying the score. When forming words on the board, it is important to note the points that the tile gives. To know how many points you have acquired, read the number present at the bottom right corner of the tile. Add up the points mentioned on each tile and tally it. If a player ends up using all 7 tiles in one sentence, they get extra 50 points added to their total.

Building up the Words

Playing scrabble may seem easy at first, but once you begin, you realize the complexity behind the game and how a single alphabet can make a huge difference in your gameplay. To score like a professional player, it is essential to understand how to build up the words. As each player keeps playing their tile, more opportunities arise to create words. 

Do keep in mind that you cannot place a tile disconnected from the batch to create a word. You can only add on to the existing letters on the board. If your tile connects two or more words on the tile, it is important to ensure that it forms a valid word wherever it meets the other letters. 

Scoring Higher to Win

Although you may want to create easier words to clear off your tiles and get points without overthinking. But ultimately, the winner is the one that forms words with the most points. Hence it is crucial to closely scan the board for the best possible word combinations. Certain alphabets too award higher points; these include the alphabets Z and Q each award 10 points on their use.  Alternatively, you can form words that give higher points, such as oxyphenbutazone, oxazepam, quizzify, or quixotry. 

Other than using the tiles with tactics, there are some premium tiles you can place your tile on to score a higher point. Some of these tiles include the double word score. When a word is put into this particular tile, the points double. If you were to place the alphabet Z to form a word, you would be awarded 20 points for using Z on the premium tile.

Secondly, we have the double letter score tile. This tile is much like the double word tile, except that you receive double points by adding up the whole word. Tally the total points as you would typically, and at the end, multiply the whole by 2. Next, we have the triple letter score. This tile scoring calculating process is identical to the double letter score tile with the difference that you multiply your tally by 3 instead of 2. 

Last but not least, there is the triple word tile; this premium tile is also identical to the double word tile. The alphabet you place in this tile results in you gaining 3 times more points than that mentioned at the bottom. For example, if you set the alphabet Z tile, which would generally provide you 10 points onto the triple word tile, you would receive 30 points.

Challenging Other Players

Another exciting aspect of scrabble is that you can challenge a player’s gameplay by using your chance to look up the word in the dictionary to check whether it exists or not. If the word you have challenged does not exist in the dictionary, your opponent loses his or her points. However, if the word is legitimate, you will end up losing your turn. For a word to be considered illegitimate, the spelling needs to be incorrect, or the word should not exist in the dictionary. Playing this kind of game definitely helps you broaden your vocabulary.

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