Scrabble: A Game Of Luck, Knowledge, and Strategy.
The goal of Scrabble is simple: if you get the highest score, you win the game.
Play the best word you can, using the letters you have drawn, in a position on the board that will get you the most points possible under the circumstances. If you play all seven of your letters in one move, this will entitle you to a 50 point bonus. You get more points if you land your higher value letters (instead of lower value letters) on the letter-multiplier squares. You get even more points if these score in two directions. The same principle applies to the word-multiplier squares. You need the right letters at the right time. Word placement on the board can have a dramatic effect on the ultimate word value in Scrabble. The triple-word to triple-word play described below is an extreme example of this. The points gained in a single play are like that of a whole game.
Success in scrabble depends on many things.
- Did you draw good letters?
- Can you make words from those letters?
- Can you make words using all of the letters, and collect the 50 point bonus score?
- Do you have a place to play the words?
- Do you have a place to play the words where your higher value letters hit the letter-multiplier squares on the board.
- Do you have a place to play the words where your word might hit a word-multiplier square.
- Can you hit more than one of the multiplier squares?
- Can you play your word so as to extend perpendicularly played words, so you can get points not only for your word, but for words that you happen to create or lengthen.
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Drawing Your Letters
Selecting letters basically comes down to the luck of the draw. You get what you get. There are a few general things we can say about your letter selection. It is easier to score big points if you get higher value letters than only low value letters, but harder to play these high value letters without some lower ones. This is somewhat alleviated if there are already low value letters on the board for you to play off of. It is easier to make words if you have a nice mix of vowels and consonants. Harder, but not impossible, if you have mostly vowels or mostly consonants. It is hard to play the "Q" without the "U", though not impossible. There are a handful of words that have "Q" and no "U", and the well-seasoned Scrabble player will just know what they are. This includes words like faqir, faqirs, qaid, qaids, qindar, qindars, qintar, qintars, qoph, qophs. There are probably others. If you get a really crappy set of letters, don't be afraid to put them back and redraw, thereby skipping your turn. You might more than make up for it on the next round.
Play words that place your high value letters on the premium letter squares.
The ultimate score of a scrabble word depends on what letters you play and where you play them. The letter "Z" placed on a double-letter square will give you 20 points whereas an "A" in the same location will only give you 2 points. The letter "Z" placed on a triple-letter square will give you 30 points whereas an "A" in the same location will only give you 3 points. Huge difference. Word multiples are better than letter multiples. The word multiplier squares have the effect of multiplying not just one letter but every letter in your word. You can double or triple your word score. Double word beats double letter, triple word beats triple letter, unless you can land a high value letter on a letter multiplier and combine it with a word multiplier. If you play a word so that it spans two double word squares, than that is a quadruple word multiplier. Try to hit the multiplier squares. This has a big effect if you play high value letters.
Epic Play: Triple-Word To Triple-Word Play
Enhance it by playing a high value letter on the double-letter square in between.
This scrabble play shows the dramatic effect that word placement on the board can have on the score for a word. Imagine playing all of your letters so that your word spans two triple-word squares. (This would require an eight letter word, so you would have to play off of something already existing between these squares for this to work.) You would multiply your word score 9-fold, with a 50 point bonus if you played all 7 of your letters. If your "Z" were to land on the double-letter square between the triple-word squares, then this one letter would contribute 180 points towards your score. That is epic. This play you will never forget. This has been done before, but it is extremely rare. You have to be lucky enough to get the right letters at the right time, and having the setup on the board to play them.
Examples of word scores using the triple-word to triple-word span and landing a high value letter on the double-letter slot between these (since you only have 7 letters you word have to play off of something):
These words would score 306 points (356 points with the 7 letter bonus):
rhizomic frowzled coenzyme polyzoic ribozyme jonquils benzylic exequies exequial flapjack machzors quixotic mahzorim denazify wheezing oxazines
These words would score 315 points (365 points with the 7 letter bonus):
blowzily hylozoic mitzvahs buckjump mitzvoth lysozyme quixotry
These words would score 324 points (374 points with the 7 letter bonus):
wheezily frowzily highjack quetzals whizbang
These words would score 333 points (383 points with the 7 letter bonus):
janizary chutzpah jacquard
Legendary Play: Triple-Word To Triple-Word Square, spanning the whole length of the board
Enhance it by playing a higher value letters on the donble-letter squares in between.
This is the stuff of Scrabble legend. I don't know if it has ever been done. What if there was already a word on a triple word square. What if you were able to extend it so your letters hit the other two triple word squares along the line. The scrabble board will accomodate up to a 15 letter word. You could potentially score a 15 letter word. What if you were able to do this and hit both double letter tiles with high value letters. This is the stuff of Scrabble legend.
What if you could score three-triple word squares in a single play? Oh my gosh, I am dizzy thinking about this possibility. That would be a 27-times multiplier on a 15 letter word. What would this word be and what would it score?