Scrabble Word Game - How to Play Scrabble - A fun way to learn - Scholarships and Contests for Indian Students

Scrabble Word Game - How to Play Scrabble - A fun way to learn

Scrabble is the world's most popular word game. It is very useful for the kids for vocabulary development and spelling formation. Scrabble can be played by 2-4 players (even you can enjoy playing the game alone)
Scrabble is played using a crossword-like Scrabble board which has 15x 15 cells and a pouch of 100 letter tiles including two blank tiles.
A Scrabble box contains the following
1. Scrabble Board
2. 4 Letter Racks
3. 100 Letter Tile (A-Z letter with points and two blank tiles)

Scrabble Board
The Scrabble board is square board with 15x15 grid of cells. You can keep one letter tile on each cell or square.
Some of the squares are marked "premium" squares which are coloured red, yellow, pale blue and dark blue. Red color (triple word) will get triple points for the word you made, yellow square (double word) doubles the score, pale blue gets double points for the letter placed on it and blue gets you triple points for the letter you placed on it (there may be change in colour depending on the board you are using)

Letter Tiles
There will be 100 letter tiles with different value points. The points are given depending on the difficulty of making a word with it.
The points allotted for the letters as follows:

0 Points - Blank tile. (The blank tile do not have any points and can be used in place of any letter)
1 Point - A, E, I, L, N, O, R, S, T and U.
2 Points - D and G.
3 Points - B, C, M and P.
4 Points - F, H, V, W and Y.
5 Points - K.
8 Points - J and X.
10 Points - Q and Z.

Letter Racks
Each player can have one letter rack on which he/she can keep the letter tiles.

How to Play the Game

  • First of all, put all the letter tiles in the pouch and shake them up to mix or shuffle them.
  • Now each player will pick one letter tile from the pouch without looking at the tile and place it on the table. The player with the letter that is closest to "A" will get the first turn to play. If a person draws a blank tile, he will be the first. Decide the turns depending on the tiles drawn.
  • Next, put all the tiles back to the pouch and shuffle them
  • Then all the players will pick seven new tiles each in turn starting with the first player  as decided earlier and place them on their letter racks.
Each player has to form words on the Scrabble board using letter tiles from their racks. Based on the tiles used they will get scores for the word formed. A score sheet is maintained where each player will mark his/her score after each turn.
The following words are not accepted
Words always capitalized, abbreviations, prefixes and suffixes standing alone, words requiring a hyphen or an apostrophe.
You cannot use names or brands as words. 
Players can challege the words formed by others. If the play challenged is unacceptable, the challenged player takes back his or her tiles and loses that turn. If the play challenged is acceptable, the challenger loses his or her next turn.
The players should agree to which dictionary they will use, in case of a challenge.

Beginning the Game
The first player must make a word using at least two tiles from his rack and it must be placed across or down the start square in the centre of the board. The tiles cannot be kept diagonally to form words.
Now the total points from all the letter tiles used is added to get the total score of the play. Since the centre square is a premium square (yellow coloured) the player will get double score for his word. For example, if the total value is 12, the score will be doubled to 24.
The score is noted on the score sheet.
The first player will draw as many tiles from the pouch as he/she just played, always keeping the letter tiles on the rack to seven.

Now it is the turn of the second player to play. The second player will have to create a meaningful word using one or more of the tiles on his/her rack and adding onto the word formed by the first player. That is the second player cannot just create a freestanding word on the board. At least one of the tiles from the word should be touching a tile in the existing word and that must make a meaningful word.
New words may be formed by:
  • Adding one or more letters to letters already on the board.
  • Placing a word at right angles to a word already on the board. The new word must use one of the letters already on the board or must add a letter to it.
  • Placing a complete word parallel to a word already played so the adjacent letters also form complete words.
The second player will get points for the word(s) just formed. If he/she makes two words as in the example shown below, he/she will get points for both the words separately. If any of the tile is on a premium square adjust the score accordingly. Note down the points scored by the player. 
The second player draws the required number of tiles from the pouch and it is now the turn of the third player to form a word using at least one from the existing words on the board and using one or more tiles from his rack. The play will continue this way till all the letters in the pouch exhausted.
Anytime, if a player thinks that the word played by any other player is not a valid word or misspelled it can be challenged. Look up the word in the dictionary. 
  • If the word is correct then the challenger will lose his or her turn.
  • If the word is incorrect, then the player who played it must remove it from board and he/she will lose that turn
If you are unable to form a word with the existing tiles, you can exchange some of all the tiles for new ones from the pouch. You will lose one turn for exchanging, that is you cannot form a word in that turn. Just put the tiles face down on the table, shuffle the pouch and pick as many number of tiles you want to exchange and finally put the tiles on the table into the pouch.
The tiles should not be shifted or moved once played. The words formed should remain the same way till the game ends.
The game ends when all letters have been drawn and one player uses his or her last letter or when all possible plays have been made. At the end, each player scores are added up and the top scorer will be the winner.
Tips for Scoring More Points
Try to form multiple words during each of your turns and form words that will fetch you maximum points
Utilise premium squares to get maximum points and try to place the high value letters like Z, J, Q, X etc on the premium squares.
If you can get a BINGO, that is if you can make a word using all the seven letter tiles on your rack, you will get a bonus of 50 points in addition to the score for the word your formed.
Unplayed Letters: When the game ends, each player's score is reduced by the sum of his unplayed letters.
In addition, if a player has used all of his or her letters, the sum of the other players' unplayed letters is added to that player's score. So try to discard the high value letters at the earliest.

Scrabble is a great game for kids and adults alike. It is a wonderful gift you can give to your children.

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