How To Score High Points In Scrabble Catch the Scrabble VirusSeptember 18, 2001 Facilitator: Mong Sai
Agenda • Overview of the game • Common misconceptions • Strategies on how to play • Q & A
Overview of Scrabble • Word game • 7 tiles in a hand • 2-4 players • Compete to score the highest points
Common Mispercetions Answer True/False. The purposes of the game of Scrabble is to make the longest word possible with your tiles.
Common Misperceptions (cont.) Answer True or False. You should always try to form a word when it's not your turn and subsequently place the word on the gameboard, when your turn approaches.
Common Misperceptions (cont.) Answer True or False. You have to be really smart to play Scrabble effectively.
Strategy #1: Use of S, R, D, Y • Extend existing words (Camel Camels) • Hook to form new words (Trade Rice at end of trade) • Also known as power tiles • What new words can be made from “bake” with these letters? • What new words can be made from “cream” with these letters?
Strategy #2: Use of J, Q, X, Z • Possess high point values • Place on premium letter square • Place on premium word square
Strategy # 3: Use of the Blank • Two in the pool • No value • Use as a power tile
Strategy # 4: Adapt to the Gameboard • Safety word first • Look for patterns like CR, GHT, STR, SCR, KLE, ENT.
Strategy #5: Playing the Q • Make a word and get it into play • Save that U
Strategy #6: Look out for BINGO • Automatic 50 points • Keep in mind common letter combinations
Strategy #7: Value of 2 or 3 Letter Words • Less is more • Keep a few in your back pocket like AX, OX, UP, HE, BE, JAM and ZIT.
Questions and Answers • Raise your hand or text chat if you have a question.