Scrabble is basically a straightforward game. The strategy used by top players can be easily understood and adopted by average players. Written by two international experts of the game, The Art of Scrabble, for the first time, aims to describe in a readable and entertaining fashion the experts' strategies and techniques for winning at Scrabble. Their advice gives even Sunday afternoon players the chance to be the best.
With line diagrams of the board to help illustrate their points, the authors cover: Words: the role and relative importance of words from 2 to 8 letters long; Word Learning: the techniques used by the world's top players to build massive vocabularies; Strategy: the fundamental thought processes that underlie the majority of moves made by top players; The Endgame: how the endgame differs from the rest of the game, and offers guidance on dealing with it; Mental Approach: an insight into the mental approach which enables players to maximise their performance; Improving your Game: how players of all standards can improve their game; Resources and Equipment: the products, internet sites and mailing lists likely to be of interest to Scrabble players; Competitive Scrabble: an insight into the competitive Scrabble scene across the world, including clubs, leagues and tournaments; World Championship annotated game: illustrates many of the principles covered in earlier chapters with a move-by-move analysis of a critical game from the 1999 World Championship.
Andrew Fisher and David Webb are two of the most successful tournament players in the UK, and have been involved in competitive Scrabble at the highest level for over a decade. They have represented England at the World Scrabble Championships on several occasions, and also competed at the World Championships in Las Vegas in 2001.