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How to Win a Scrabble Tournament

March 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 463

Suffixes. One of the best ways to get the fifty-point bonus is to know how to manage the rack. There are actually endless amount of words, those end in -S, -ED, -ED, and -ING. When you see them at your rack, drive them to the right side of your holder and look at the remaining letters. Also, try to look for less common suffixes, like -LY, -CY, -AL, -IEST, -FUL, -NESS, -TION etc.

Prefixes. Besides suffixes, you should also look for the familiar prefixes and drive them to the left side of your rack. General prefixes are EX-, IN-, RE-, UN-, TRI-, NON- PRE- and MIS-. Try to make it on your rack and use it as your advantage.

Rearrange. Most of the Scrabble players simply look at a rack and rearrange the tiles in their head. This is really a wrong strategy because the players need a visual help. So the best way to finding a word is to reorganize the letters on your rack. As a result, you will be able to form the words quickly.

Look to Play Bingos. A Scrabble "bingo" is occurred when any player use all 7 letters in his or her rack. If you gain a bingo, you obtain the point value of the letters in the word plus 50 bonus points. When you are almost close to getting the fifty-point bonus, but only one letter on your rack is screwing you up; you should exchange a bad draw of letters rather than play a 5 or 6 points word. Don't be afraid to swap over letters, especially at the beginning of the game as soon as there are lots of open places to play a bingo. Always leave your bingo possibility on your rack, unless it will never come to you.

Play Two Directions with a Hook. This is one of the most common ways to get more points out of your playable words. A Scrabble "hook" is called adding a letter to a word that already on the board. For example, if "AX" is on the panel and you have "F" in your rack, try creating a fresh word and place it so "AX" becomes "FAX". Add one letter to a word then set off a different course. Use the letters S, R, and D to your advantage here. Find a word that ends in E and there you can easily add any of these letters; then fool around your own word in a different direction. Look especially for higher point words that you can include in it.

Try to Read Your Opponent. If it seems too early to start tracking, try differently like a little Poker strategy to help you out. Reading the mind of your opponents could help you out in the start when it's impossible to tell what letters they have. If you read them correctly, you could effectively block them or set yourself up.

Defense. Playing defense can be helpful in Scrabble, but should be used perfectly. If you have a plan to position yourself up for your next turn, give it a shot. This is very effective way to bound your opponent's ability to play high scoring words.

Kyle Taylor is the author of The Penny Hoarder, a daily blog with weird and wacky ways to make money. Some of his wacky tips include how to sell your trash on Ebay and how to get paid to buy beer. Ever wonder how to win a scrabble tournament? The Penny Hoarder can show you how.

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