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How to Play SCRABBLE Like a Champion

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Do mathematics and psychology have anything to do with winning at SCRABBLE™? Indeed they do, says 1999 world champion Joel Wapnick. In his powerful guide to SCRABBLE strategy and tactics, he explains such important aspects of the game as how to play the odds, and offers tips for keeping opponents mentally off balance. But the biggest secret of his system is an unbeatable t ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Puzzlewright
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Matt
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I read this when it came out last year, just as I was going to start playing in official Scrabble tournaments. As I've played, I've run into instances where I had to choose between playing a high-scoring word vs. playing strategically, faced bad losses, the value of tracking tiles, and what to do with a difficult rack. Joel has great answers for all of these! The tips from end game section alone saved me a couple times in my last tournament. This is definitely a recommended book for the novice t ...more
Rae
Mar 14, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but would have found it more useful if it had focused a bit more on the amateur player. It is geared toward those who want to play in tournaments and who are more willing to study individual games and plays--not unlike chess. I may get to that point someday, but for now I just like the game as a novice.
Thomas
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I skimmed this. There were a few good tips for kitchen table Scrabblers like myself...but most of the information in here is only applicable should you choose to become a Scrabble fanatic and trek down the dark road of tournament Scrabble competition. May God have mercy on your soul.
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