What is Scrabble?

Scrabble is essentially a word game which can be played by 2-4 players at a given time on a board which comprises a grid of squares in a 15 X 15 format. The squares are assigned different scoring attributes. There are 100 tiles to draw from and players must draw 7 tiles initially and maintain the same number on their racks till they are exhausted. Each tile has a point value attached to it. If all 7 tiles are used in a word an additional 50 points is added to the players score. The goal is to win by scoring more than your opponent. Scrabble is now increasingly played competitively across several countries on the globe and in several languages.

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Useful Scrabble Score Sheet

Here is a very useful scrabble scoring/tile tracking sheet from one of my colleagues Shankar in the Bangalore Scrabble Club. I often strugg...

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Tracking Akshay and Sanjoy at the Kings Cup

Here are the links to track Akshay and Sanjoy's progress at the Kings Cup from the original coverage on poslfit.com:

Background Information
[photo of Akshay Bhandarkar]
Given name(s): Akshay
Surname(s): Bhandarkar
Home: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Awards: 1996 1999 2007 Gulf; 2002 2003 2004 2005 Indian NSC; 1993 1997 Bahrain NSC
Hobbies: Music, reading, squash
2016 BRAND'S International Crossword Game King's Cup Team: India
Round by Round
High score: 622
Average for: 443
Average against: 387
Round 1
[photo of Thavatchai Thivavarnvongs]
[flag]
Thailand
Bhandarkar played #45 Thavatchai Thivavarnvongs (THA) and won 387 to 359 (a spread of 28).
Current ranking: #31.
Current record: 1-0, +28.
Round 2
[photo of Rocky Sharma]
[flag]
Australia
Bhandarkar played #32 Rocky Sharma (AUS) and lost 404 to 432 (a spread of -28).
Current ranking: #41.
Current record: 1-1, +0.
Round 3
[photo of Gerald Carter]
[flag]
England
Bhandarkar played #16 Gerald Carter (Eng) and won 591 to 340 (a spread of 251).
Current ranking: #19.
Current record: 2-1, +251.
Round 4
[photo of Rodney Talbot]
[flag]
Australia
Bhandarkar played #34 Rodney Talbot (AUS) and won 527 to 365 (a spread of 162).
Current ranking: #11.
Current record: 3-1, +413.
Round 5
[photo of Thanapong Kukiettikulchai]
[flag]
Thailand
Bhandarkar played #58 Thanapong Kukiettikulchai (THA) and lost 360 to 430 (a spread of -70).
Current ranking: #22.
Current record: 3-2, +343.
Round 6
[photo of Peter Arreola]
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Philippines
Bhandarkar played #50 Peter Arreola (PHL) and won 375 to 358 (a spread of 17).
Current ranking: #15.
Current record: 4-2, +360.
Bhandarkar is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).
Round 7
[photo of Ching Wei Chang]
[flag]
Malaysia
Bhandarkar played #31 Ching Wei Chang (MYS) and lost 360 to 460 (a spread of -100).
Current ranking: #26.
Current record: 4-3, +260.
Round 8
[photo of Absar Mustajab]
[flag]
Pakistan
Bhandarkar played #63 Absar Mustajab (PAK) and won 622 to 284 (a spread of 338).
Current ranking: #16.
Current record: 5-3, +598.
Bhandarkar is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).
Round 9
[photo of Karen Richards]
[flag]
Australia
Bhandarkar played #43 Karen Richards (AUS) and won 382 to 353 (a spread of 29).
Current ranking: #10.
Current record: 6-3, +627.
Round 10
[photo of Waseem Khatri]
[flag]
Pakistan
Bhandarkar played #9 Waseem Khatri (PAK) and lost 424 to 486 (a spread of -62).
Current ranking: #20.
Current record: 6-4, +565.
Round 11
[photo of Thacha Koowirat]
[flag]
Thailand
Bhandarkar played #15 Thacha Koowirat (THA) but no score is available yet.
Current ranking: this round’s game not yet complete.
Current record: not yet available.
Background Information
[photo of Sanjoy Gupta]
Given name(s): Sanjoy
Surname(s): Gupta
Home: India
2016 BRAND'S International Crossword Game King's Cup Team: India
Round by Round
High score: 532
Average for: 423
Average against: 391
Round 1
[photo of Rhys McGuckin]
[flag]
Australia
Gupta played #66 Rhys McGuckin (AUS) and won 474 to 274 (a spread of 200).
Current ranking: #8.
Current record: 1-0, +200.
Gupta is mentioned in this round’s commentary (2 hits).
Round 2
[photo of Tanaphon Kamenkij]
[flag]
Thailand
Gupta played #65 Tanaphon Kamenkij (THA) and won 485 to 337 (a spread of 148).
Current ranking: #5.
Current record: 2-0, +348.
Gupta is mentioned in this round’s commentary (2 hits).
Round 3
[photo of Tony Sim]
[flag]
Singapore
Gupta played #28 Tony Sim (SGP) and lost 428 to 455 (a spread of -27).
Current ranking: #16.
Current record: 2-1, +321.
Gupta is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).
Round 4
[photo of Chock Heng Kong]
[flag]
Malaysia
Gupta played #30 Chock Heng Kong (MYS) and won 495 to 360 (a spread of 135).
Current ranking: #9.
Current record: 3-1, +456.
Gupta is mentioned in this round’s commentary (2 hits).
Round 5
[photo of Paul Richards]
[flag]
Australia
Gupta played #44 Paul Richards (AUS) and lost 338 to 418 (a spread of -80).
Current ranking: #20.
Current record: 3-2, +376.
Round 6
[photo of Weibin Toh]
[flag]
Singapore
Gupta played #4 Weibin Toh (SGP) and lost 380 to 423 (a spread of -43).
Current ranking: #32.
Current record: 3-3, +333.
Round 7
[photo of Arham Abidi]
[flag]
Pakistan
Gupta played #59 Arham Abidi (PAK) and won 532 to 379 (a spread of 153).
Current ranking: #23.
Current record: 4-3, +486.
Round 8
[photo of Suthiraphan Assarat]
[flag]
Thailand
Gupta played #47 Suthiraphan Assarat (THA) and lost 370 to 379 (a spread of -9).
Current ranking: #31.
Current record: 4-4, +477.
Round 9
[photo of Apirat Choomai]
[flag]
Thailand
Gupta played #35 Apirat Choomai (THA) and lost 306 to 490 (a spread of -184).
Current ranking: #39.
Current record: 4-5, +293.
Round 10
[photo of Cedric Lewis]
[flag]
Malaysia
Gupta played #38 Cedric Lewis (MYS) but no score is available yet.
Current ranking: #45.
Current record: 4-5, +293.
Round 11
[photo of Dianne Ward]
[flag]
Australia
Gupta played #54 Dianne Ward (AUS) but no score is available yet.
Current ranking: this round’s game not yet complete.
Current record: not yet available.

Kings Cup 2016 - Day 1

The kings Cup 2016 is underway. Hubert Wee is undefeated so far and on top. Here are the top 10 after day 1 from the original coverage on Poslfit.com:

Rank
Player
Win
Loss
Spread
1
Hubert Wee
8
0
782
2
Komol
6
2
698
3
Pichai
6
2
698
4
Marlon Prudencio
6
2
682
5
Panupol
6
2
529
6
Nigel Richards
6
2
464
7
Rocky Sharma
6
2
345
8
Weibin Toh
6
2
335
9
Weera
6
2
320
10
Jayaska Baranage
6
2
280

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Kings Cup Scrabble Coming up this Month

The 31st edition of the Kings Cup Scrabble tournament is all set to take place at a brand new venue Central Plaza WestGate, Bangkok, Thailand between June 30th and July 3rd, 2016. It is expected to draw a very strong field as usual.


Here are the details from WESPA:

Format:

29 games in total.
Game 1–25 will be based on the Swiss pairing system.
Games 26–29 will be based on the King of the Hill pairing system.
After game 29, the top two players play the final.
The two finalists will play the final with special rules:
They have to play at least two games.
If one of them wins both games, then that player is the winner.
In the event they tie with a win and a loss each, regardless of spread, a third game will be played.
The winner, in this case, is the one who scores the most points when the scores from all three games
are combined.

Words Source Lexicon: CSW 2015. 

A list of all 2 and 3 letter words are provided for each player to look at during the game.

Division:

International Open Division, open to all.

Prizes:

Champion: HM King’s Cup + USD 10,000 + Gift Set
2nd place: 110,000 Baht + Gift set
3rd place: 50,000 Baht + Gift set
4th place: 25,000 Baht + Gift set
5th place: 10,000 Baht + Gift set
6th place: 7,000 Baht + Gift set
7th place: 5,000 Baht + Gift set
8th place: 4,000 Baht + Gift set
9th place: 3,000 Baht + Gift set
10th place: 2,000 Baht + Gift set

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Causeway Scrabble Challenge 2016 Update

Here is an update from Scrabble Visionary and Causeway Scrabble Challenge Founder Michael Tang:


Causeway 2016 is making a comeback after 5 years.  With 5.5 months to go, 251 players from 23 countries have already signed up across 4 Divisions.  Causeway 2016 will be the biggest International Scrabble event where players can be expected to pit their skills against players from all over the World. A total of 45 games will be played over 5 days from 30th Nov till 4th December 2016.

Players who are interested and have not signed up can contact Michael Tang directly at alchemist9189@gmail.com or visit the website at www.causewaychallenge.com 

Word of the Day - Sporadic

Here is the word of the day from our students at the communicare club at M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Management:

Sporadic

Meaning - Occurring at irregular intervals or in isolated or scattered places
Usage - His attendance was sporadic at best.

Synonyms: occasional, infrequent, irregular.

Antonyms: regular, consistent, steady.

Anagrams - Picadors
Front hook - none
Back hook - none

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

The 100 Most Probable 8 Letter Words in Scrabble

As part of a scrabble strategy it is useful to study words by probability and playability. The below list from Zyzzyva includes the 100 most probable 8 Letter words that you encounter during scrabble games:

Thursday, 2 June 2016

2017 World Scrabble Championships in Kenya

It's time for Africa. The next world scrabble championship (WSC) will be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 6-12 November 2017. Here is the announcement from WESPA:

"WESPA is pleased to announce that Kenya will host the 2017 WESPA Championships (WESPAC).
All three bids (Kenya, Canada and Trinidad & Tobago) were of a high quality and, after an exhaustive process that considered all issues, the bid team from Kenya was awarded the hosting rights.

WESPAC will be held in Nairobi from 6-12 November 2017 with the Kenyan Organizing Committee making their own announcements later.  A Last Chance Qualifier will be available, as well as tournaments run alongside the Main Event.

A premier international tournament, like WESPAC, run in Africa for the first time is deserved recognition for the quality and hospitality of African Scrabble and we are looking forward to a successful event in November 2017".

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Different Words Same Meaning

Citolas, Citoles, Cithrens, Citherns, Cithers, Citterns - A Guitar
Waivode, Waiwode, Woiwode, Voivode - An army leader
Cagouls, Cagoules, Kagouls, Kagoules, Kagools - An anorak
Eulachan, Eulachon, Oulachon, Oulakan, Oolakan, Ulikon - A candlefish
Kiester, Keister, Hurdies, Patootie - The Buttocks
Didakei, didakai, Diddicoy, Didicoi, Didicoy - A Tinker
Cabala, Cabbala, Kabala, Kabbala, Kabbalah, Qabala, Qabalah - a Jewish doctrine
Yoghurt, Yaourt, Yogurt, Yoghourt - A type of curd
Narwal, Narwhal, Narwhale - An Arctic aquatic mammal
Lekythus, Lecythus, Lekythos - An ancient oil Jar
Germen, Germain, Germaine, Germin - Something that serves as an origin
Filemot, Philomot, Philamot - A dull brown shade
keblah, Kibla, Kiblah, Qibla - The direction muslims face while praying
Litchi, Lichi, Lychee, Lichee - A fruit
Poursue, Pursue, Persue, Poursew Pursew - To follow
Pummelo, Shaddock, Pompelo - A citrus fruit
Repreeve, Reprive, Repryve - To delay
Baklava, Baklawa, Baclava - A middle eastern desert
Nilgai, Nilgau, Nilghai, Nilghau, Nylghai, Nylghau - a large antelope
Cassina, Cassene, Cassine, Cassena - an evergreen tree
Narghile, Narghily, Nargile, Nargileh, Nargily - a hookah
Dirdam, Dirdum, Durdum - uproar
Shechita, Shehitah, Shehita - krosher killing of animals
Mezuzot, Mezuzoth, Mezuzah, Mezuza - a Jewish scroll

Combo Words of Two Words that are Good Both Ways

Bedrail - Railbed
Dovering - Ringdove
Hangover - Overhang
Turnover - Overturn
Runover - Overrun
Roadside - Sideroad
Outburn - Burnout
Woodworm - Wormwood
Linecut - Cutline
Outpass - Passout
Outspeak - Speakout
Comedown - Downcome
Upclose - Closeup
Outback - Backout
Pinhead - Headpin
Mateship - Shipmate
Cutover - Overcut
Upstart - Startup
Outshoot - Shootout
Overwing - Wingover
Fantail - Tailfan

Common Words with Not so common Anagrams

Tailors - Oralist, Rialtos, Sliotar
Almonds - Dolmans
Mustard - Durmast
Stadium - Dumaist
Romance - Cremona
Cauldron - Crunodal
Acolyte - Cotylae
Cilantro - Contrail
Decagon - Congaed
Ethical - Alethic
Strongly - Strongyl
Ungrazed - Gazunder
Expires - Prexies
Detangle - Danegelt
Teardown - Danewort
Erasions - Sensoria
Innovate - Venation
Inundate - Antidune
Invocate - Conative
Antidote - Tetanoid
Liaises - Silesia
Coalise - Celosia
Isotherm - Moithers
Heroism - Moreish
Sedation - Astonied
Marries - Simarre
Tsunami - Manitus, Santimu
Cheerio - Echoier


Those Handy Pyramid Words!

Pyramid words are words which start at 2 letters but can be extended to 7 letters and beyond. For example take the word loofahs, we start with lo, next we get to loo, followed by loof, loofa, loofah and loofahs. Thus by knowing loofahs we get to know a total of 6 words. Other examples include:
Abasers, Amenders, Amusers, Barbers, Bingers, Chained,
Chiasmal, Daledhs, Divests, Erasers, Fasties, Godsons, Hookahs, Jambees, Jamboks, Kaingas, Kinases, Lapsers, Maliced, Mentors, Nursery, Parkiest, Poleyns, Reeders, Reposes, Singers, Skaters,Tapetis, Teasers, Ureases, and Woosells.

There are some reverse pyramid words too. Take the word drooped for example, we start with ed, then ped, then oped, then ooped, rooped and finally drooped.Other examples include:
Aemules, Afeared, Borates, Cleared, Demures, Escapes, Glaired, Hamates, Lemures, Mananas, Penates, Retapes, Scraped, Testates, Upreach, Vacates, Whooped, Yslaked and Zananas.

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