In these videos, John Williams, the executive director of the National Scrabble Association, and Matt Silver, a two-time national school Scrabble champion, present tips and strategies to help you become a better Scrabble player. Although they are brief, these Scrabble videos are absolutely packed with ways to improve your game.
1. Hook Plays
In this video, Williams and Silver examine hook plays, when you can play a new word with one letter in front of or at the end of a word already on the board. For example, if MAZE is on the board, you may be able to add FRANK and create AMAZE at the same time.
2. Hot Spots
It is crucial to master using the bonus squares in Scrabble, also known as hot spots, to become a good player. In this video, Williams and Silver cover how to make both offensive and defensive plays related to hot spots.
3. Short Words
Williams and Silver describe two- and three-letter words as "the foundation of Scrabble." In this video, they share tips on how to use twos and threes to create opportunities to hook onto existing words and to use some high-value tiles.
What makes a good Scrabble move? That's the question explored by Williams and Silver in this video, where they explore the two things every Scrabble player should consider on every turn: what tiles you put on the board to score with, and what tiles you leave on your rack to work with.
It may only be worth one point, but Williams and Silver maintain that the "S" is one of the two most valuable tiles in a Scrabble bag. (The blank is the other.) Because it is so valuable, it should not be played unless it is helping you score at least 8 to 12 additional points.