12 Scrabble Rules for Beginners:
Play with Friends and Win
is a world-known game for 2-4 players, who are scoring points, while
forming words from letters on a special gameboard that is marked with a
15 by 15 grid. All the words the players form are placed down and across
n a crossword fashion.
Scrabble rules aren’t difficult.
Before playing, all the players should agree as to what dictionary they
are going to use. The words that are labeled as a part of speech are
permitted to use. However, there is still one exception in the
following: abbreviations, suffixes and prefixes, words that require an
apostrophe or a hyphen.
12 Basic Rules Players Must Know
to play scrabble? How to determine who should go first? The rule’s
pretty simple: put all tiles that should be used in the game into a bag
and then mix them up. A player should choose a tile. The one, who gets
the latter closest to A (or sometimes a blank one) is allowed to go
first. Other players take their turn in a clockwise direction.
player chooses 7 tiles from a bag and then assembles them on the rack.
The player, who goes first, takes 2 or even more tiles and makes a word
down or across the gameboard with a letter in the corner of the board’s
centre, on the star. He should count up the score, announce it and draw
the tiles till he has 7 on his rack. The player, who must play after the
first one, lays down a tile (at least one) adjacent to the letter that
is on the board, creating a new word. The player counts his points,
announces the number and then the next player takes his place.
you remember, there are blank tiles you can use. However, a player
should announce what letter this tile will represent. The blank tile
will remain that letter till the game’s end. A blank tile isn’t worth
When a player lays all seven tiles in one turn, he
gets a 50-point jackpot bonus. However, this is a rare case. Sometimes
Scrabble rules allow scoring many points from a single turn.
around the board are called bonus squares that indicate opportunities
for getting some extra points. The star that is in the board’s centre is
a double word score.
There are slots on the board that give
players, who place tiles on them, bonuses. These can be bonuses that
multiply the score of the tile laid. A single word can span lots of
bonus modifiers that amplify each other. This rule lifts the score
greatly. A bonus square can be used only once during the game.
any player thinks there is a Scrabble cheat and the laid word isn’t
valid, he can challenge it. According to the rules, it must be done
right after the word is laid. Practically all words in the English
dictionary are valid. The exceptions have already been mentioned. These
are names, suffixes, prefixes, words that require apostrophes and also
hyphens. Scrabble dictionaries are put together by lexicographers and
Scrabble experts, who did their best to assure that all rules are
adhered to as consistently as it is possible.
During the game
any of the words can be challenged, and that is when you can use a
dictionary or a Scrabble word finder to look up a challenged word. In
case the challenge is successful, the player should take back all his
tiles, as he loses his turn.
A player can use a turn in order to
exchange all or only some of his tiles in his tile rack. He can draw as
many new tiles as are returned. This ends the turn.
If a blank
tile is played either on a red or pink square, it means that the value
of the whole word is tripled or doubled, even in case the blank has no
When two and more words are made up in a single play, each of them is scored. Common letters are counted for each word.
game is on until the time one of the players uses all the tiles he has
and there aren’t any tiles in the pouch. Sum up the total of the tiles
that weren’t used and then deduct their number from the score. The
winner is the one who has the most points.
you see, how to play Scrabble is not so difficult to find out. However,
to win the game, players are to practice more, planning ahead to tile
long words, paying attention to the letters that have been played before
and deciding on their own moves. Try to concentrate on unusual words
and those that have letters Q, Z, X and J in them, as these words can
make you get puzzled. Know more words that have lots of vowels in them
and the rules of the game won’t scare you.