Improve Your Scrabble - Scrabble Hints And Tips
How To Win At Scrabble!
So I have been an avid scrabble player for as long as I can remember and I am often playing on a real board with friends and family as well as online and on various scrabble and word game apps.
I'm not saying I am a scrabble champion but I have found a lot of tried and tested ways of playing that give me the edge in games and grab me extra points so that I win at scrabble more often than I lose!
So check out my scrabble hints and tips and hopefully these will help you improve your scrabble game.
Some of these scrabble tips are more obvious than others but hopefully you can pick a few out that will help you with your scrabble game:
- Learn all of the 2 letter words so that you can use these in particular to play a parallel word (a word that goes alongside or on top of an existing word that forms lots of 2 letter words). See the list below for 2 letter scrabble words.
US 2 Letter Words
UK 2 Letter Words
Use the 'S' Carefully
If you are lucky enough to get an 'S' in your word rack, use it wisely.
Don't use your 'S' unless it gets you a significant advantage in points, for example if it extends your word to a double or triple word score.
Don't just use an 'S' in an ordinary word (unless you attach that word to another with the S or some other letter) - preferably use it at the end of another word to pluralise it and also create a perpendicular word so that you get the benefit of the points of both words.I will always save my 'S' until I can do this.
I actually have a rule that I will not use an 'S' unless it gives me at least an extra 5-10 points (depending on how well I am doing in a game) and usually a lot more.
Other Letters and Letter Combinations
If you have one of the high scoring letters (Z,X,Q etc) then only use it if you can at least put it on a double letter (or double word) score minimum. I will usually only use it if I can get a double word at least but ideally a triple letter.
Look for the possibility of a triple letter that you can use twice by creating a 4 square word.
Don't let your playing partner use the triple word score even if you can only put down a low scoring word on it. Good scrabble players will never pass up a triple.
If you have the letters I,N and G in your selection but can't make a 7 letter word with them, save them up for at least a couple of rounds because chances are you will be able to make a 7 letter word in the next few rounds and get those extra 50 bonus scrabble points.
I make it a rule to never put a scrabble word down that is worth less than around 12 points UNLESS I am saving the rest of the letters for an almost guaranteed bingo for the next play.
Make sure you have a good grasp of useful words. In particular Q words without a U. QI and QAT are two of the most useful ones and these can also have S added at the end.
If you have a large number of vowels 9say 6 or 7), in particular 'I's, then quite often it is better to swap them straight away - unless you can use 3 of them at once which may give you a chance of getting better scrabble letters next time.
Blanks are similar to the letter S in scrabble in my mind as you should only use the blank to get a significant score. I will often save a blank to get me a 7 letter word as this is nearly always possible within 2 or 3 goes.
Scrabble - Luck or Skill?
I play with one person in particular who always says they get 'bad letters'. Although to a certain extent you can get dealt bad scrabble letters it is really the way you use the letters that you have that makes your own luck. OK if you don't get any of the high scoring ones you are going to struggle but chances are that you will get some and you just need to use them or save them to your advantage.
In any case, take what you get without complaining and congratulate your opponent if they get the win on that occasion and you don't!