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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WESPA World Championships 2019 head to India

The WESPA world championship is headed to India and lovely Goa is the venue. Indian scrabble is on a major upswing thanks to phenomenal per...

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Alchemist Cup Scrabble 2018 Days 3, 4 and 5

The alchemist cup world team scrabble challenge has concluded in Malaysia with Team Australia running out winners just ahead of Team USA. Here are some game boards from the action of the last 3 days courtesy Austin Shin:

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Alchemist Cup Scrabble 2018 Days 1 and 2

The alchemist cup world team scrabble challenge has completed 2 days in Malaysia. Here are some game boards from the action courtesy Austin Shin:

Monday, 19 November 2018

UK Winter Matchplay Scrabble Championship 2018

Phil Robertshaw has won the 2018 edition of the UK Winter Matchplay Scrabble Championship. Here are some game boards from the tournament courtesy Austin Shin:

Monday, 12 November 2018

Capgemini International Scrabble Tournament 2019

Capgemini, in association with Karnataka State Scrabble Association (KSSA), is proud to announce the 15th International Scrabble Tournament to be held in Capgemini (IGATE) campus in Bangalore from January 10 - 13, 2019

Capgemini International Scrabble Tournament 2019

January 10, 11, 12, 13 , 2018 (Division A, Division B, Division C)
January 12 and 13, 2018 (Division D or Newbie Division)
Venue: Capgemini Campus, Bangalore.
Address: 158-162 (P) & 165 – 170(P), EPIP Phase II, Whitefield, Bangalore 560 066.
A Division
1st prize  – Rs.3,25,000
2nd prize – Rs.1,60,000
3rd prize – Rs.90,000
4th prize – Rs.45,000
5th prize – Rs.30,000
6th prize – Rs.25,000
7th prize – Rs.20,000
8th prize – Rs.15,000
9th prize – Rs.12,000
10th prize – Rs.10,000
Three ratings band prizes of Rs.2,000 each (slab to be announced later)
Entry fee: US $ 100
B Division (Eligibility-WESPA rating 1399 and below)
1st prize – Rs. 55,000
2nd prize – Rs. 40,000
3rd prize – Rs. 30,000
4th prize – Rs. 25,000
5th prize – Rs. 15,000
6th prize – Rs. 12,000
7th prize – Rs.  8,000
8th prize – Rs. 7,000
9th prize – Rs. 6,000
10th prize – Rs.5,000

Three ratings band prizes of Rs.2,000 each (slab to be announced later)
Entry fee: US $ 50
*Several more exciting special prizes including bingo prizes and spot prizes.
Late RegistrationEntries sent in after January 1, 2019, will have to pay Rs.500 extra.
C Division (Eligibility rating 999 and below)
1st prize – Rs. 10,000
2nd prize – Rs.   9,000
3rd prize – Rs.    8,000
4th prize – Rs.    7,000
5th prize – Rs.    6,000                        
6th prize – Rs.    5,000
7th prize – Rs.    4,000
8th prize – Rs.    3,000
Three ratings band prizes of Rs.2,000 each (slab to be announced later)
Entry Fee: Rs, 1,500 or equivalent in USD
(This division is subject to sufficient registrations or players will be merged with B division)
D Division (Eligibility-Newbies to tournaments)
Prizes to be announced later. (This division is subject to sufficient registrations.)
Entry fee: Rs. 1,000.
Registration: Contact Shubha Shivashankar - shubhayess@gmail.com
Please note that prize money is subject to tax deduction at source as applicable.
A maximum of 34 games of 50 minutes each will be played over four days (A, B and C divisions).
A maximum of 15 games of 50 minutes each will be played over two days (D/Newbie division)
Word source will be the latest Collins Scrabble Tournament and Club Word List 2015.
Challenge: 5-point penalty per word, the player does not lose turn.
Thursday, January 10, 2019 (Division A, B and C)
8.30- 9 am- Registration
9.00 am - 9.30 am-Inauguration and draw.
9.30 am - First Game
Eight/Nine games to be played during the day.
Games will continue on the subsequent days.
Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided on all four days of the tournament.
 Entry fee:   The tournament is conducted by KSSA who will collect the entry fee. The association promotes competitive scrabble in Karnataka and in association with the Scrabble Association of India the rest of the country as well. Entry fee can be paid on the day of the tournament.

Note: Please remember to get the following details. Winners have to furnish the details as the prize money will be transferred directly to their bank account.

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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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