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...

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

World Youth Scrabble Championships 2017

Here are some recorded games from the ongoing world youth scrabble championships in Malaysia as broadcasted by Akkarapol Kwansak:

Monday, 20 November 2017

Milton Keynes Winter Matchplay Scrabble Tournament

Here are some game boards from the recently concluded Milton Keynes winter matchplay scrabble tournament courtesy the champ himself:

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Capgemini International Scrabble Tournament 2018

Capgemini, in association with Karnataka State Scrabble Association (KSSA), is proud to announce the 14th International Scrabble Tournament to be held in Capgemini (IGATE) campus in Bangalore from January 11 - 14, 2018.

Capgemini International Scrabble Tournament 2018

Capgemini tourney is bigger and better in 2018! The total prize pool money is over 16,500 USD!  Special feature: Four divisions and increased prizes!
January 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2018 (Division A and Division B)
January 11, 12 and 13, 2018 (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, 2018, 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 and prize money distributed between A and B divisions)
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 Radhika Mahalingaiah - spica57@yahoo.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 and B divisions).
A maximum of 24 games of 50 minutes each will be played over three days (C division)
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 11, 2018 (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:
1. Name of the Bank
2.  Account Number
3.  Name of the beneficiary
4. Bank swift code for wire transfer
5. Email address
6. Your postal address
7. Your telephone number

Here is the indicative list of participants:
Premier Division
1. Nigel Richards (New Zealand)
2. Thacha Koowirat (Thailand)
3. Mark Nyman (UK)
4. Ganesh Asirvatham – (Malaysia)
5. Hubert Wee (Singapore)
6. Marlon Prudencio (Singapore)
7. Tony Sim (Singapore)
8. Michael Tang (Singapore)
9. Akshay Bhandarkar (UAE)
10. Odette Rio (Philippines)
11. Vannitha Balasingham (Malaysia)
12. Anand Buddhdev
13. Karen Richards (Australia)
14. Jenny Brysha (Australia)
15. Suthiraphan Assarat (Thailand)
16. Yannakit Sirisup (Thailand)
17. Irfan Siddiqui (Bahrain)
18. Sanath Hemachandra (Oman)
19. Jayaska Baranage (Sri Lanka)
20. Indunil Amarasinghe (Sri Lanka)
21. Olajide Akinyemi (Nigeria)
22. Jack Mpakaboari (Nigeria)
23. Prashanth Seetharam (USA)
24. Mohan Chunkath (Chennai)
25. A Krishnan (Chennai)
26. Varisht Hingorani (Mumbai)
27. Sherwin Rodrigues (Mumbai)
28. Nakul Prabhu (Mumbai)
29. V Ramachandran (Mumbai)
30. Bhushan Pradhan (Mumbai)
31. Carolann Pais (Mumbai)
32. Jose de Abreu (Mumbai)
33. Udayan Grover (Pune)
34. Charles Carneiro (Delhi)
35. Pramit Kamath (New Delhi)
36. Sunny Bhatia (New Delhi)
37. Shaikh Ahmed (Hyderabad)
38. Douglas Lobo (Goa)
39. Mohsin Ahmed (Bangalore)
40. Sanjoy Gupta (Bangalore)
41. Rajveer Rawlin (Bangalore)
42. Eeshan Malhotra (Bangalore)
B Division
1. Rohaina Tanveer (Kuwait)
2. Mazher Qureshi (Saudi Arabia)
3. Wimal Fernando (Sri Lanka)
4. Praveeni Jayasekara (Sri Lanka)
5. Gayanath Chandrasena (Sri Lanka)
6. Lalantha Amarasinghe (Sri Lanka)
7. Priya Fernando (Sri Lanka)
8. Diyath Visidagamage (Sri Lanka)
9. Aabid Ismail (Sri Lanka)
10. Shafique Ahmed (Bangladesh)
11. Javed Shamim (Pakistan)
12. Anwar Siddiqui (Pakistan)
13. Patrick Pereira (Mumbai)
14. Rehet Bhatia (Mumbai)
15. Sumeet Sachdev (Mumbai)
16. Vedika Hingorani (Mumbai)
17. Rehet Singh Bhatia (Mumbai)
18. Viji Ramachandran (Mumbai)
19. Ritu Chadha (Mumbai)
20. Nikheel Ruparel (Mumbai)
21. Kala Ganesh (Mumbai)
22. Zeba Sultana (Mumbai)
23. Siddharth Raman (Mumbai)
24. Rahil Parkar (Mumbai)
25. Mangala Bhandarkar (Pune)
26. Amit Sood (Pune)
27. Nidhi Singhvi (Pune)
28. Hyder Quraishi (Hyderabad)
29. Sridhar Paidikondala (Hyderabad)
30. Rajeev Menon (Hyderabad)
31. Swagat Nukala (Hyderabad)
32. Sudhir Kamath (New Delhi)
33. Asha Namdev Kamath (Kerala)
34. Rajiv Antao (Goa)
35. Joe Rodrigues (Goa)
36. Erol Jorge (Goa)
37. Arindam Basu (Kolkata)
38. Manju Sood (Bangalore)
39. Lennie D’Souza (Bangalore)
40. Cecil Fernandes (Bangalore)
41. Marie Fernandes (Bangalore)
42. Harsh Sood (Bangalore)
43. Nupur Sood (Bangalore)
44. Saraswathi Rammanohar (Bangalore)
45. R Nalini (Bangalore)
46. Dipankar Chatterjee (Bangalore)
47. Hemanth Achaya (Bangalore)
48. Abdul Waheed Belgaumi (Bangalore)
49. Vinod Raman (Bangalore)
50. Abid Hussainsa (Bangalore)

C Division:
1. Sylvia Coelho (Goa)
2. Rahul Sridharan (UAE)
3. Percy Fernando (Sri Lanka)
4. Srikar Raghavan
5. Madhav Gopal Kamath (New Delhi)
6. Meena Kalyan (Mumbai)
7. Ayush Bhatia (Pune)
8. Aruna Grover (Pune)
9. Suchindra Potnis (Bangalore)
10. Shubha S (Bangalore)
11. Neelam Agrawal (Bangalore)
12. Arvind Lath (Bangalore)
13. Sudharsha Subbiah (Bangalore)
14. Josh (Bangalore)
15. Shailaja Nadig (Bangalore)
16. Sushanto Bhattachary (Bangalore)
17. Veeresh Kumar (Bangalore)
18. Girish Nagpal (Bangalore)
19. Gautham M Taranath (Bangalore)
20. Shankar Prasad (Bangalore)
D Division (Newbie)
1. Nida Tanveer (Kuwait)
2. Okoli Chidinma Jennifer (Nigeria)
3. KS Yamuna
4. Sankaran Iyer
5. Archana Aggarwal
6. Joseph Tharun
7. Suyash Manchali
8. Abhijit Shilotri
9. Danish Shehna
10. Mohammed Yaseen
11. Sony Singh

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Monday, 28 August 2017

Mindsports Scrabble Olympiad World Scrabble Championships - Day 6

David Eldar is the new world scrabble champion after beating Harshan Lamabadusuriya 3-0 in the best of 5 finals at Nottingham. Here are some game boards from day 6 of the 2017 world scrabble championship from the third place game courtesy Austin Shin:

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Mindsports Scrabble Olympiad World Scrabble Championships - Day 5

We are all set for the finals. There will be a new champion to be crowned from a best of 5 between two of the worlds best scrabble players David Eldar and Harshan Lamabadusuriya. Here are some game boards from day 5 of the 2017 world scrabble championship featuring the quarter and semi finals courtesy Austin Shin:

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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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