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Everything Scrabble: Official National Scrabble Association a-to-Z Paperback – January 1, 1995
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Of course authors Edley (three-time national Scrabble champion) and Williams (National Scrabble Association executive director) do NOT tell all. I mean something has to be held in reserve, some tricks and traps and secret knowledge just in case they get the itch to play tournament Scrabble again. In a way I am reminded of poker books rather than chess books. Chess book authors can go ahead and tell all (except for their opening preparations!) because in chess it isn't so much what you know as to what depth and how fast you can calculate. The authors here are more like poker players in that they tell you some of the tricks but they hold back the really esoteric stuff because in Scrabble, knowledge really is power, including knowledge of your opponent.
Scrabble is a game that can be seen as intermediate between poker and chess as far as luck and skill go. Unlike chess there is a clear element of chance involved in any given game--although not as much as in a comparable amount of poker playing. And unlike poker there is a considerable element of calculation needed on any given move. Tournament games run 25 minutes for each player, but there are situations that arise where you could spend half an hour on a play and still not exhaust the possibilities.Read more ›
This is a book all about Scrabble; it is ideal for people familiar with the game who want to improve their playing. It is not an introductory book to Scrabble at all. I have been playing Scrabble for over 30 years at about the same level (not tournament play, just a few times a year with friends) and found it very, very helpful for me, giving me concrete ways to go about improving my score. The cover promises new ways to improve your game instantly, and the book delivers on this promise, detailing strategies and ways of deciding things like when to exchange your letters, how to best use "S"s and blanks, and how and why you should study and know two letter words.
There are many helpful suggestions that can improve your score with study, like word lists to memorize over time, and exercises to improve your abiity to see words from the letters in your rack. Other topics covered include how to make bingos, how to maximize your use of high-scoring letters and board hot spots, how to play on an open board and a closed board, how to end the game well, how to use the letter "Q", Scrabble for children, and using or not using "phoney" words. Scrabble history and tournament play are also covered. Amusing Scrabble anecdotes are told in another chapter.
The strategies for score improvement usually have practice exercises with answers so that you can practically see how to implement the strategies.
The cover says that this book is "The Only Book Authorized by the National Scrabble Association" and I believe it. It's a great book. I think that older teens who love Scrabble would enjoy it, but younger children and complete novices to Scrabble should probably get some experience under their belt before they'd really enjoy and/or understand it. Highly recommended.
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I am an avid player and have heard this book is a must. Good delivery through Amazon.Published 18 days ago by Anny J. Bestel
A fun book, with lists of acceptable 2 letter scrabble words as well as "Q" words. Lots of puzzles to
figure out, and improving your game playing skills.
I selected the book because it was either recommended or I enjoyed the synopsis. The book is for self development. It is a great book to read to expand knowledge.Published on February 17, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Not what I expected and is outdated as far as the 2 letter words. It covers more of the strategy and I was looking for something that would show acceptable words and not issue... Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by J. Hiam
I expected a booklet where all the 2,3,4,5, etc. letter words are listed.
It has some listings, but I used to have another booklet and I cannot find it anymore. Read more
This book gives great tips on Scrabble strategy, very comprehensive. It has been a big help and I have been winning more.Published on January 13, 2013 by loyal book clubber
I bought this as a gift. So the only rating I can give is that it was delivered expeditiously, and was in great condition. Read more
Well organized and full of great advice on how to use strategy to begin winning more games! This book is full of information on how to read a board, how to play a board, how to... Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by I'd rather be at the Beach