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How to Play SCRABBLE Like a Champion Paperback – September 7, 2010
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An important update....This book discusses all aspects of Scrabble strategy in great depth, using numerous diagrams and examples. --R. Wayne, Schmittberger, Games Magazine, March 2011
An excellent book on the strategic aspects of the game...higher than Word Freak on my list of "books I'd lend out to someone considering tournament play." --Andy Saunders, tournament Scrabble player
How to Play Scrabble Like a Champion is an indispensable treatise on Scrabble that delves into the deep nooks and crannies of the game, revealing the concrete strategies expert players have developed to master it. --Derek McKenzie, Word-Buff.com
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by Joel Wapnick
For many years Joel Wapnick's The Champion's Strategy for Winning at SCRABBLE® Brand Crossword Game, published in 1986, was considered one of the finest guides to SCRABBLE® strategy. Out of print for several years, copies of the book could be found online sometimes; however, the book was somewhat dated and did not include word updates dating as far back as 1991.
Now Wapnick, a great SCRABBLE® player who has been World Champion, National Champion, and National Canadian Champion, has updated and added to that earlier book to present a book that no serious tournament SCRABBLE® player should be without. The book not only covers basics of strategy and tournament play, it explains the detailed analysis experts use in determining their moves and preparing for tournaments.
For an intermediate player hoping to move up, Wapnick shares his methods for learning words and improving play. He provides a terrific explanation of how using Quackle ([...]) can help in selecting the optimal plays. At the back of the book he includes a chapter of 40 "Cool Plays," which illustrate excellent finds that are not always the most obvious, and brilliant plays that are truly breathtaking.
Wapnick, who also is an expert pianist, shows readers the elegance of great SCRABBLE® strategy, using examples that demonstrate the imagination and creativity the game offers.
Part 1, "The Nature of the Game," provides a basic summary of the game, tournament rules, and the important game tools: words. Wapnick touches briefly on the differences between casual and tournament play, as well as between the tournament game in North American and that played in other countries.Read more ›
But that's okay, because Wapnick shows you how to lift your game, how to reinvent your approach to it. This is a very well written book with plenty to learn on every page. It is NOT Scrabble for Dummies. As others here have said, this is a book for the tournament player or only a player who aspires to improve. And if that person reads this book seriously, he will in fact get better.
A couple of observations: You have to know your words going in. This is not like Joe Edley's Everything Scrabble, which helps you develop your anagramming and word-finding skills. Wapnick assumes you already know the obscure words (and I'm not referring only to zoeae, senarii, aalii, and other run-of-the-mill words that are played hundreds of times a day at online sites). And to get the most out of this book, you really should follow the annotated games on your own board, not just read the comments and visualize the moves in your head. Practice, study, practice, study; there's no substitute.
The point about small print is true, and it put me off from buying this book when I first saw it in a bookstore. But you know what? You can adjust easy; it's not that bad. I wear reading glasses and my eyes are not great, but I was able to cope. Don't let the small font deter you from picking up this excellent book.
I feel the book shines when pointing out the amount of "scheming" that goes on in a game among experts. Shining the light on this "meta-strategy" (inferring whether or not your opp has a letter or whether (s)he thinks you do, etc) pays for itself alone. After all, it is a book about playing at the highest level.
P.S. Giving a book a one-star rating based on the typeface is a lousy thing to do. If you had a problem reading the book, correct your prescription.
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Best scrabble book I've seen. Wapnick gives the reader great amount of useful advice and strategies that will turn you from a decent player into a good or even a potential national... Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Davis
Great book. People I used to lose to now won't play me. Stay calm and stick to the simple strategies described in the first half of the book.Published 4 months ago by Juan de la Cruz
Book is nice and a smooth read. Note though that the word list/study sections mainly addresses North American players. That's the OSPD dictionary users. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dennis O
This was OK. I preferred Everything Scrabble by Joe Edley. It was easier to read and understand.Published 12 months ago by Exactly My Point