on 28 December 2004
As a denizen of the competitive scrabble world, I have met David Webb, one of the authors of this book, on several occasions at UK scrabble 'meets' and as I would expect from one of the most respected (and tallest at 6 foot four!!!) doyens of the scrabble fraternity. this book really is a superb tour-de-force. David's knowledge of scrabble is unsurpassed and it doesn't surprise me that he has written a book quite so comprehensive as this. Having played (and been resoundingly thrashed by)David in the UK Championships in 1998 and seen at first hand his strategic abilties, it is no coincidence that much of this book concentrates on the tactical mental side of the game.
I particularly enjoyed the material set out on page 67 and feel it would be great assistance to both beginners and experienced players alike. My only mild criticism (and the reason for only awarding the book 4 rather than 5 stars) was that I would have liked more material in the book about triple word scores and the tactics involved in effective defensive play.
on 17 December 2004
As an enthusiastic Scrabble player, I've always found it frustrating to find Scrabble books aimed primarily at beginners. "How to Win at Scrabble", whilst not ignoring beginners, provides advice and information that will be of interest even to the best Scrabble players.
As one would expect, there is plenty of excellent material dealing with the strategy of the game itself. The chapter on endgames is particularly good - a subject that has tended to be neglected in other Scrabble books. But what really differentiates this book from others are the chapters covering topics such as word-learning techniques, and the world of tournament Scrabble. My favourite chapter is the one that discusses the mental approach to Scrabble; how to give yourself an advantage over your opponent even before you sit down for the game. Fascinating stuff.
If you have any aspirations to be a winning Scrabble player, whether playing your mum, your mates, or the top tournament players in the country, you have got to buy this book.
This book is written by two people who really know what they're talking about, players who have been at the very highest level in Scrabble for some time. Aimed at both the serious and casual player, you can get out of it whatever you like.
Andrew Fisher and David Webb give basic tips on learning words and general board strategy. For the more serious tournament player, these strategies are more advanced, and they also give advice on aspects such as mental preparation. In short, there is something here for every Scrabble player, expert or novice, who wants to improve his or her game. Highly recommended.
on 30 September 2004
Finally, a "Scrabble for Dummies". If there ever was an annoying family member that kept on winning those Scrabble games during family gathering (everyone household has one, including mine). chances are that he is playing in the same way that is described in this book. So if you are looking to annihilate that snob or your family in a game of Scrabble, you better add pick this up.