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How to win at Scrabble almost every time!

  • 00:00:00 what's up guys in this video I'm going
  • 00:00:02 to walk you through how to win at
  • 00:00:04 Scrabble
  • 00:00:04 almost every time so how this video is
  • 00:00:07 going to work is I'm going to start off
  • 00:00:08 by introducing some of the best tips
  • 00:00:10 that I recommend and then afterward I'm
  • 00:00:13 going to play a sample game utilizing
  • 00:00:16 these tips all right
  • 00:00:18 tip number one so the first tip is to
  • 00:00:21 make effective use of double and triple
  • 00:00:23 squares Scrabble is not all about making
  • 00:00:26 the longest and most complex word you
  • 00:00:29 can often get as much if not more points
  • 00:00:32 by just smartly playing a simple word on
  • 00:00:34 these multiplier squares tip number two
  • 00:00:37 is to try to memorize all the Scrabble
  • 00:00:40 to letter words and I didn't put it on
  • 00:00:42 here but as many of the three-letter
  • 00:00:43 words as well the two letter words pop
  • 00:00:46 up all over the place there's over a
  • 00:00:48 hundred of them and several of these
  • 00:00:50 words contain high point letters such as
  • 00:00:53 X Z and Q so you can memorize these you
  • 00:00:58 can play them all the time and produce a
  • 00:01:00 ton of points the third tip is to build
  • 00:01:03 hook words the simplest example of this
  • 00:01:06 would be to take an existing word on the
  • 00:01:08 board and dependent as to it to make it
  • 00:01:10 plural and then at the same time in an
  • 00:01:13 opposite direction build another word
  • 00:01:15 with that s you just added to the board
  • 00:01:18 the final tip I added for now is to be
  • 00:01:21 conscious of your opponent's ability to
  • 00:01:23 use the multiplier squares and what I
  • 00:01:26 mean by this is don't you don't have to
  • 00:01:28 completely avoid putting a piece down
  • 00:01:30 which exposes a triple word for the
  • 00:01:32 opponent but just try to be conscious of
  • 00:01:35 when you do that and know the risks of
  • 00:01:37 what the opponent might put down
  • 00:01:39 afterward all right so let's walk
  • 00:01:42 through these tips in a sample game
  • 00:01:44 scrub is a game that takes a pretty long
  • 00:01:47 time to play so I try to break it down
  • 00:01:49 as best as possible this video still
  • 00:01:51 ended up being pretty long feel free to
  • 00:01:53 speed it up or kind of skip through
  • 00:01:55 things but I decided to leave most of my
  • 00:01:59 moves in here because different people
  • 00:02:00 find different things helpful all right
  • 00:02:02 so here with this move we'll add an S to
  • 00:02:04 the word blot to make it blots and then
  • 00:02:07 we'll use it as a hook word so that we
  • 00:02:10 can also make the word paste
  • 00:02:12 in the vertical direction and I'm
  • 00:02:15 actually going to take it one letter
  • 00:02:16 further and make it paster another
  • 00:02:18 option for me would have been to keep
  • 00:02:20 that are in my rack and use the art as a
  • 00:02:23 future hook word on paste alright so
  • 00:02:26 here in this situation we're going to
  • 00:02:30 capitalize on the two letter words one
  • 00:02:32 of the words I remember is I a Y so as a
  • 00:02:36 result of that I can use that twice in
  • 00:02:39 this spot right here so you have I going
  • 00:02:42 down and we also have I going across and
  • 00:02:45 because it's on that triple letter we
  • 00:02:47 get that triple letter two times so we
  • 00:02:50 get six times four which is 24 points
  • 00:02:52 right there plus the two A's this is 26
  • 00:02:54 so strengthen that last point here's
  • 00:02:57 another perfect example to use a two
  • 00:02:59 letter word on a triple letter tile so
  • 00:03:03 one of the the one Z term that was
  • 00:03:06 highlighted in the two letter terms is
  • 00:03:08 za meaning pizza and we put that Z on
  • 00:03:11 that triple letter and we get 31 right
  • 00:03:14 there and that's just two letters as you
  • 00:03:17 should probably be able to tell by now
  • 00:03:18 these two letter word options pop up
  • 00:03:20 everywhere so once again this next move
  • 00:03:23 I'm going to play the word dog by off of
  • 00:03:28 cadet and dog will allow me to play that
  • 00:03:32 double word but it'll also let me make
  • 00:03:34 that powerful two letter word ox another
  • 00:03:38 one of my suggestions was to be careful
  • 00:03:40 where you're putting your pieces down
  • 00:03:41 and be kind of conscious of your
  • 00:03:43 opponent's ability to use multiplier
  • 00:03:45 squares so in this case it would not
  • 00:03:47 make sense for me to put down the word
  • 00:03:50 west here in the bottom left corner
  • 00:03:51 because that w is a perfect position to
  • 00:03:54 be used by the opponent to make a triple
  • 00:03:57 word on the next move so I'm not going
  • 00:04:01 to do that so here's another reason why
  • 00:04:03 we want to memorize or two letter words
  • 00:04:05 the opponent just put down rugby but off
  • 00:04:08 of that I can make three two letter
  • 00:04:10 words I can make utt go and B and then
  • 00:04:16 horizontally that makes tow so I'm
  • 00:04:18 making four words there which adds up to
  • 00:04:20 a decent number of points just because I
  • 00:04:22 memorize those two letter words so
  • 00:04:25 another tip is to
  • 00:04:26 look for prefixes and suffixes etc that
  • 00:04:29 are common so for example I could make
  • 00:04:31 hire hired here this won't work in this
  • 00:04:35 case because the DL is a weird ending
  • 00:04:36 but it's something to look for so right
  • 00:04:40 now I have a SMI rec that I could
  • 00:04:42 potentially play around with I could use
  • 00:04:44 it to make rugby rugby's but I'm kind of
  • 00:04:48 weird to do that because that might
  • 00:04:50 expose a triple-word for the opponent to
  • 00:04:53 use so I think I'm going to avoid that
  • 00:04:55 instead I'm going to use my knowledge of
  • 00:04:57 three letter words and capitalize on a
  • 00:05:00 closeby position so right now the
  • 00:05:08 opponent just played high right next to
  • 00:05:11 that triple word so I'm immediately
  • 00:05:13 thinking how I can use that on my next
  • 00:05:16 turn so it's it's making it a little bit
  • 00:05:20 tough because right below high to the
  • 00:05:22 right is that weird word sinks so I
  • 00:05:24 can't really make anything horizontally
  • 00:05:26 using that triple word on the left but
  • 00:05:28 what I can use can do is capitalize on
  • 00:05:31 the double the two letter words again
  • 00:05:33 and especially with this K I can make ki
  • 00:05:39 I believe as a word a E is a word and
  • 00:05:44 then I actually kind of just randomly
  • 00:05:47 know that ka T is a word so I'm going to
  • 00:05:50 actually play KT but I could have just
  • 00:05:52 played ka as well but ket gets me a
  • 00:05:55 little bit more points so this next word
  • 00:05:59 that I see is going to utilize the one
  • 00:06:01 two letter word with a Q in it and
  • 00:06:03 that's Qi so I could put AI therefore on
  • 00:06:08 the double word with my blank space for
  • 00:06:11 20 points what I can do it even better
  • 00:06:14 is I know that Qi also has a plural form
  • 00:06:17 which is Q is so I could also make at
  • 00:06:20 the same time dogs and get some a bit
  • 00:06:23 more points there the opponent just put
  • 00:06:28 down the word res which I immediately
  • 00:06:30 notice opens up the triple word tile at
  • 00:06:33 the top of the board and it is open in
  • 00:06:35 such a way that the opponent could
  • 00:06:37 usually play a vertical word
  • 00:06:40 utilizing it on his next turn so right
  • 00:06:43 now I'm going to play defensively and
  • 00:06:44 block that move when you're playing
  • 00:06:47 Scrabble one-on-one the goal is not to
  • 00:06:50 just get the most points for yourself so
  • 00:06:52 what I'm going to put down is not the
  • 00:06:53 best word but what it does is it
  • 00:06:55 prevents the opponent from getting a lot
  • 00:06:57 of points and in the end you want to
  • 00:06:58 just have more points than the opponent
  • 00:07:00 to reiterate you should always be
  • 00:07:02 looking at prefix and suffix words so
  • 00:07:05 right now my rack I have an R and an D
  • 00:07:07 so I'm looking at like redoing something
  • 00:07:10 or also I could switch that up and make
  • 00:07:12 it ER so I could be a fighter boxer etc
  • 00:07:16 and I'm looking to see where I could
  • 00:07:18 play that prefix slash suffix on the
  • 00:07:21 board I see an opportunity to play the
  • 00:07:24 ER on palm to make it Palmer so I think
  • 00:07:28 I'm going to do that here shoot so as
  • 00:07:36 you can see my decision to play Palmer
  • 00:07:38 was not a very good one it left wide
  • 00:07:41 open the opportunity for the opponent to
  • 00:07:43 play since and capitalize on that triple
  • 00:07:46 work in retrospect what I should have
  • 00:07:48 done is counted the number of tiles
  • 00:07:51 remaining in the game because it was a
  • 00:07:53 very little about and only 3 s's out of
  • 00:07:56 the total 4s is in the game had been
  • 00:07:58 played I should have known that there
  • 00:08:00 was a very high chance that my opponent
  • 00:08:02 had nests I didn't do this though and as
  • 00:08:05 a result the opponent capitalized on my
  • 00:08:07 mistake I'm not seeing too much here as
  • 00:08:12 we're getting to the end of the game
  • 00:08:13 what I'm going to do is just try to get
  • 00:08:15 rid of all of my tiles and I'll start
  • 00:08:17 off by playing this simple law and na
  • 00:08:20 here the reason you want to make sure
  • 00:08:22 you get rid of all your tiles is because
  • 00:08:24 at the end of the game if you have any
  • 00:08:26 tiles left on your rack those the some
  • 00:08:30 of those tiles gets deducted from your
  • 00:08:32 score so for me having a letter like Jay
  • 00:08:35 still in my rack is not good so I'm
  • 00:08:38 going to get rid of that at my next turn
  • 00:08:40 I don't see a good spot to put this Jay
  • 00:08:44 so I'm going to kind of just make a
  • 00:08:45 guess here and play gel
  • 00:08:51 I kind of got lucky that that worked but
  • 00:08:54 I guess I can do that because this is an
  • 00:08:56 online game I'm having trouble seeing a
  • 00:08:59 spot to play both the L and the T so I'm
  • 00:09:02 just going to play the L over here on
  • 00:09:04 this triple letter square and make the
  • 00:09:07 wordly and hopefully that's good enough
  • 00:09:09 for away and I think it should be whoa
  • 00:09:12 and with that we won the game I hope you
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