SCRABBLE

SCRABBLE is a word game in which two to four players score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a game board marked with a 15×15 grid. The words are formed across and down in crossword fashion and must appear in the agreed dictionary. There are 29 different language versions.In the Mindsports Academy online tournament game, members will play against another member or against the computer. The dictionaries loaded are the latest in each language version.

About the SCRABBLE Committee

The WMSF SCRABBLE Committee is the legislative body of the Federation. Its members are tasked with the governance of the Federation to ensure that it best represents the interests of the member SCRABBLE Associations and of the sport as a whole. Committee memberships are voluntary in nature. The membership of the Committee should be representative of the global community as a whole, both in terms of geography and of language. The Committee should strive to represent the interests of all players and all systems of play.

The WMSF SCRABBLE Committee will report to the Board of Trustees. All Committee members serve on a volunteer basis.All members of the WMSF committee and sub-committees are required to be pro-active within the SCRABBLE community and share updates publically supporting the World of Mindsports and MSI.

The WMSF require at least one person from each SCRABBLE association to be represented within the committee. All SCRABBLE Associations held within their country are invited to be a part of the WMSF in order to have their say on how the game develops. The aim of the WMSF is to have a representative from each national association to ensure their country and language needs are taken into consideration.

The WMSF SCRABBLE Committee Portfolio will generally include, but is not limited to:

  • Develop and maintain a coherent governance structure that will protect the traditions of mindsports for the benefit of the players
  • Conduct the business of the organisation through Sub-Committees and appointed officers as required on such terms and conditions it deems appropriate.
  • Balance and develop leadership and administrative skills within our Committee
  • Implement an agreed ranking system
  • Approve and agree the rules and structure of the competitions in the World Mind Sports Championships
  • Promote mindsports across the world
  • Advance the education of young people by promoting mindsports to educational institutions
  • Support research to quantify the neurological benefits of mindsports participation
  • Uphold brand values and the intellectual property of SCRABBLE intellectual property rights holders
  • Ensure the fair and efficient conduct of competitions or selection trials
  • Promote and develop the highest standard of mindsports competition
  • Create an environment which gives all members the opportunity to develop to the best of their ability
  • Seek appropriate sponsorship for the organisation
  • Set and maintain quality standards for officials and administrators in order to best foster development of the community
  • Understand the issues, priorities, and needs of our players, parents, volunteers, and administrators
  • Plan for the future continuous development of mindsports and its community

THE COMMITTEE

Who’s on the committee?

Ganesh Asirvatham (Chairman)

Ganesh has a SCRABBLE career spanning 17 years, having achieved success in in Malaysia and winning numerous titles including a record breaking 5 national titles. Ganesh represented Malaysia in 5 World SCRABBLE Championships and was a finalist in the 2007 edition. His love affair has seen him take a more active role in SCRABBLE and was instrumental in initiating the SCRABBLE to Schools programme that saw hundreds of Malaysian students participate in local tournaments. He was also part of the organizing team of the 2003 World SCRABBLE Championship which was held in Malaysia. Ganesh has been tournament director for a number of events, most recently the 2016 MSI World SCRABBLE Championships, Lille, France.

Chris Lipe (Chairman USA)

Chris Lipe has been a top level SCRABBLE player, tournament director, and organizer for over ten years. Through his roles on many national and international administrative committees, he has been involved with nearly every aspect of the competitive game. Chris placed second at the 2014 World SCRABBLE Championships in London, making him the first American to reach the finals of the world championships since 2001. Chris currently resides in Saint Louis, Missouri, where he is a software developer.

Daniel Stembridge (UK)

Daniel is 43 years old and currently lives in Lancashire, England. He is married, and has two young children. Daniel has been involved in SCRABBLE for several years. He helped form the very popular Facebook SCRABBLE League, edits ‘OnBoard’, the official magazine for British SCRABBLE players, and is now a proud ambassador for Mindsports International, working with them at the World Championships in Lille, and providing them with material for their Academy website.

His ambition is to see the game grow worldwide, particularly among younger players, and to hopefully win a tournament in real life. He has higher hopes for the former.

Tariq Pervez (PK)

Tariq was late on the SCRABBLE scene in his life but has made up for lost time by inspiring the growth of the game in his country and lists as a proud moment when the country celebrated gaining a world youth champion. But he would still like to see more youth involved despite the great strides made by his country.

Tariq has said he takes more pride in his achievements as a promoter and organizer of SCRABBLE than a player, having won about 5-6 ranking tournaments in Pakistan and donating any money won locally back to the PSA (Pakistan SCRABBLE Association).

Natalie Zolty (UK)

Natalie was a late starter in the SCRABBLE world. Since the end of 2012, she’s been making up for lost time with a regular diet of word learning and tournaments. With a background of 20 years in IT, Natalie has been involved in many things Scrabbly, including a year as editor of OnBoard, the magazine for the Association of British SCRABBLE players, and has written numerous tips and news articles for Mindsports Academy.

Natalie lives in Solihull with her partner and son. She is looking forward to being a part of WMSF and helping to shape the future of the game.

Hector Klie (ES)

Dr. Hector Klie currently holds the position of Data Science Technical Lead at Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation located in Houston, Texas.

Hector has been involved in competitive Spanish SCRABBLE since 2001 when he assumed the leadership in multiple initiatives to consolidate the Venezuelan SCRABBLE activity as chair of the Club National de SCRABBLE (CNS). In 2002, Hector had the opportunity to represent Venezuela in his first World SCRABBLE Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Hector has been SCRABBLE champion 4 times (2 in classic and 2 in duplicate) in multiple regional tournaments as well as 12 times US champion. He is currently ranked 17th in the world Spanish SCRABBLE.

In 2003, Hector moved to United States to pursue new professional horizons. Here, he has been consistently working to drive the Spanish SCRABBLE activity in Austin and Houston, Texas, as well as motivating the participation of several individual players across United States.

Peter Thorpe (UK)

Peter Thorpe is a Civil Servant, he is currently the Operational Delivery manager on national campaigns, risk assessment and mitigation, increasing compliance levels among itinerant taxpayers.

Peter has played SCRABBLE competitively since he caught the bug in 2013. Since then he has been a regular player mainly in England but has also played in Belfast, Dublin, Malta and Bristol. Peter has been a T.D and C.O for 6 years, organising playing, and directing on and off at Ilford on a monthly basis. Directing and organising tournaments at regional, national and international level, most recently in Lille at the MSI World Championships.

Peter intends to bring to the WMSF open and honest discussion and a willingness to learn from experience in order to ensure fair play, development in line with feedback, and to ensure the needs of the SCRABBLE community are listened to and understood with regards to future changes.

Chris lives in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA where he is a computer programmer.

Mohammed Irfan Siddiqui (IND)

Mohammed Irfan Siddiqui is a 37-year-old Bahraini national of Indian origin working as a Learning & Development professional with Standard Chartered Bank. He graduated as a medical doctor and then pursued an MBA in Marketing. Having worked in Singapore, Nigeria and Dubai before settling down in Bahrain.

Irfan started playing SCRABBLE in 1992 whilst schooling in Bahrain where his earliest sparring mates were Naween Fernando, Akshay Bhandarkar & Roland Filio amongst others. In 1994 he took a hiatus from SCRABBLE, returning to competitive SCRABBLE in 2004.

Robin Pollock Daniel (CAN)

Robin wears many hats in her busy life: mother, clinical psychologist, homeopathic medicine student, and championship-winning tournament SCRABBLE player and expert commentator. She can’t think of a single day in the last 30 years that she hasn’t done something related to SCRABBLE – whether it be a tournament, a friendly game, being auctioned off for a worthy cause, or her daily 60+ minutes of blissful studying.

Robin is delighted to work with World Mind Sports Federation on the Media and Sponsorship Committee, bringing with her a vast experience behind the board, over the radio, and in front of the camera.

Jay Jay Jegathesan (AUS)

Jay Jay Jegathesan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree from the University of Western Australia (UWA), majoring in management and marketing. An employee of UWA since 2004, Jay Jay recently moved into a role at the Graduate Research School coordinating an area looking after the interests of prospective PhD students in the medical field.

Jay Jay is the Vice President of SCRABBLE WA and was the principal local organiser of the 2015 World Youth SCRABBLE Championships in Perth, Western Australia. His biggest claim to fame which he still talks about is his 100% record against Nigel Richards, having won the only game they played in 2003, though he wonders if Nigel went easy on him as he was giving Nigel a lift between Johor and Singapore.

SUB COMMITTEES

ABOUT SUB COMMITTEES

Specific activities or projects can be delegated by the WMSF SCRABBLE Committee to one of several standing or ad-hoc Subcommittees. The composition of such Subcommittees generally will have 3-4 members (and no more than six), and each Subcommittee should have at least one main SCRABBLE committee member as liaison who will report to the main Committee about the progress being made on the Sub-Committee’s activity.

SELECT A SUB COMMITTEE

Finance / Dictionary / Rating / Rules / Tournament Directors / Technology / Membership / Media and Sponsorship / Youth and EducationLanguages


WMSF Meetings

The WMSF Committee and Sub-Committees endeavour to hold regular meetings. The main committee will hold meetings bi-monthly and sub-committees will hold meetings quarterly.

Dates when meetings are due to commence will be shown below and updates from previous meetings will be available to view.

If you have a question for the WMSF SCRABBLE committee regarding aspects of the sport, you may submit your question using the link below.

The WMSF Committee will endeavour to answer all questions either through the meeting updates or as an addition. Please note depending on the number of questions submitted there might be some delay in receiving the answer, answers will not be sent directly to the sender they will be published in the updates.

The WMSF Committee follow a strict code of conduct and respect all players and their advice, we ask when emailing and commenting on threads that everyone shows the same respect.

 

Updates from Previous Meetings

1 First Quarter TBC
2 Second Quarter TBC
3 Third Quarter TBC
4 Fourth Quarter TBC

Next meeting date

1 Sub Committee Meeting Date TBC

How To Apply

Do you want to be a part of the WMSF and help develop the future of mindsports? Apply today by letting us know which subcommittee you wish to be a part of and why. The WMSF main committee will then contact you directly to discuss further.

All committee members serve on a voluntary basis.

NORTH AMERICA

ABOUT NORTH AMERICA

The North America Committee will itself have a series of subcommittiees due to the large area of scope. This committee is responsible for all WMSF SCRABBLE activity in North America, where the brand is Hasbro-led. The committee ensures appropriate branding guidelines are followed.

ABOUT SUB COMMITTEES

Specific activities or projects can be delegated by the WMSF SCRABBLE Committee to one of several standing or ad-hoc Subcommittees. The composition of such Subcommittees generally will have 3-4 members (and no more than six), and each Subcommittee should have at least one main SCRABBLE committee member as liaison who will report to the main Committee about the progress being made on the Sub-Committee’s activity.

SELECT A SUB COMMITTEE

Lexicon / Rules / RatingDirector Support / Club Support / Schools Committee/


WMSF Meetings

The WMSF Committee and Sub-Committees endeavour to hold regular meetings. The main committee will hold meetings bi-monthly and sub-committees will hold meetings quarterly.

Dates when meetings are due to commence will be shown below and updates from previous meetings will be available to view.

If you have a question for the WMSF SCRABBLE committee regarding aspects of the sport, you may submit your question using the link below.

The WMSF Committee will endeavour to answer all questions either through the meeting updates or as an addition. Please note depending on the number of questions submitted there might be some delay in receiving the answer, answers will not be sent directly to the sender they will be published in the updates.

The WMSF Committee follow a strict code of conduct and respect all players and their advice, we ask when emailing and commenting on threads that everyone shows the same respect.

 

Updates from Previous Meetings

1 First Quarter TBC
2 Second Quarter TBC
3 Third Quarter TBC
4 Fourth Quarter TBC

Next meeting date

1 Sub Committee Meeting Date TBC

How To Apply

Do you want to be a part of the WMSF and help develop the future of mindsports? Apply today by letting us know which subcommittee you wish to be a part of and why. The WMSF main committee will then contact you directly to discuss further.

All committee members serve on a voluntary basis.

TOURNAMENT RULES

The WMSF has established these rules and they are to be used in all WMSF sanctioned events.

The following rules are designed solely for English language play.

The WMSF which is the governing body of SCRABBLE has established these rules and they are to be used in all WMSF sanctioned events. The rules of SCRABBLE are in essence the same but small differences may change in how certain decisions are interpreted and it is the duty of the player to familiarise his or herself with the rules before taking part in a tournament. The rules cannot cover every contingency and should there be any doubts, the Tournament Director’s (TD) rulling is final.


Rules Last Updated 10/01/17

Equipment

1 Official Dictionary

The official word list or dictionary is a list of words deemed acceptably for use in tournament play. This is done in conjunction with the brand owner of the game and the publisher of the dictionary.

The word list is frequently updated with additions and deletions and as such all players must be familiar with the most current version.

The current official word list is : Collins Official SCRABBLE® Words, 4th edition.

2 The Game Set

All Scrabble sets in English must conform to the prescribed number of tiles (100) and their distribution (The number of As,Bs, Cs etc) .

All Scrabble sets will contain a tile bag, two racks, a board and the tiles. A timer is necessary for tournament play.

It is the duty of both players to check the tile count and the distribution before starting a game. Once a game has been started the player must play with the tiles they have. No appeals will be entertained.

Tiles used in tournament play should not be indistinguishable in any way from one another. The surfaces should be smooth and indistinguishable when touched.

Tiles used should fit the Scrabble board perfectly and not cause tiles to be raised or stick out in a manner that may impede play.

Scrabble boards used for tournament play should be rigid and have molds to prevent the tiles from moving about when placed.

Players need to ensure that all the tiles are placed on a Scrabble rack and that the number of tiles are clearly visible to the opponent.

Scrabble bags cannot be used if the material allows a player to visually recognize a tile through the material.

Digital timers are the recommender timers for tournament use. Both players need to be familiar with the timer and seek help from the tournament director if they are unclear as to how to operate the timer.

Analogue timers (chess clocks) are to be used as a last resort.

If a player/players are unhappy with the equipment being used, they may call the tournament director to seek clarification.

It is the duty of every player to keep score during tournament play. Players should confer regularly to ensure that the correct score is being kept. The timer should be neutralized if there is a scoring dispute.

Playing the Game

3 Determining Who Starts

Tournament software will typically determine the starts and replies for tournament play. Should such a system not be in available, then the players must determine who starts on their own.

This can be done by both players drawing a tile each. The player who draws the tiles closest to the beginning of the alphabet starts. A blank tiles precedes the letter A. If both players draw the same tile, then they draw again until a starter has been found.

Players must keep track of their starts and replies on the individual scorecard and compare starts and replies with their opponents to determine who starts. The player with fewer starts when compared to the opponent will start. If both players have equal number of starts and replies, then they will draw as indicated above.

4 Starting the game

Both players should be present in order for a game to be started. If only one player is present, the opponent after consulting with the tournament director will start the clock. The tiles will remain in a 10 x 10 grid on the board until the opponent has arrived. Only when the opponent is seated will the clock be neutralized.

The players will then put the tiles into the bag and the game will commence with the time remaining on the clock of the player who is late.

5 Playing a Word

The first word played must cover the double letter square to be considered a legal move. Subsequent moves will entail words being played connected to one or more words on the board. Failure to connect words will be deemed an invalid move.

The proper move procedure is as follows:

Place the letters on the board;

Announce the score

And then hit the clock to signify that the move is complete

Draw replacement tiles and then record your score

6 Completion of Turn

A turn is declared complete when:

The player has pressed the clock to signify completion of turn; the opponent may then choose to accept or challenge the turn.

The opponent fails to press the clock but instead withdraws at least one tile from the bag; this also signifies that the turn is complete and the opponent may then choose to accept or challenge.

7 Challenging a turn

Some tournaments may have a penalty attached to an unsuccessful challenge. The opponent may utter “hold” to indicate that he or she reserves the right to challenge. “Hold” needs to be uttered before the player draws fresh tiles. It is advisable to be alert when your opponent plays and utter “hold” if there is any doubt in your mind. Failure to hold and drawing of fresh tiles by your opponent means that your right to challenge is over.

Once a move has been completed, the opposing player may issue a challenge. The challenge procedure is as follows:

Utter “Challenge” or something similar

Neutralise the clock – Once the clock has been neutralized, the player must challenge regardless of penalties incurred.

Inform the opponent of the word/words being challenge.

Write the word/words on a piece of paper

Adjudicate using the adjudications software provided. Some tournaments may allow players to self-adjudicate using their handheld devices.

8 Exchanging on turn

A player may exchange as long as there 7 or more tiles in the bag. The player may inform the opponent that he or she wants to do a tile count to check the number of tiles remaining.

The procedure for exchanging is as follows:

Announce that you’re exchanging and state the exact number of tiles being exchanged.

Place the tiles to be exchanged face down on the table.

Press the clock to signify completion of exchange. Once the clock has been pressed, you must go through with the exchange. In the event that there are less than 7 tiles, your turn is forfeit.

Withdraw the number of replacement tiles you need

Put your old tiles into the bag.

9 Overdrawing

When playing it is possible for a player to draw more tiles than is needed. This is known as an overdraw situation.

This can be remedied by the doing the following:

(a)  if NONE of the newly drawn tiles have touched the overdrawing player’s rack then:

(i) the overdrawing player places ONLY the newly drawn tiles face down onthe table and shuffles them randomly;

(ii) if the overdrawing player has 6 tiles on the rack, then the opponent turns up the newly drawn tiles face up and gives one tile to the player and returns the rest to the bag.

(iii) if the overdrawing player has 5 or fewer tiles on the rack, then the opponent turns face up X+2 of the newly drawn tiles. X being the number of tiles overdrawn. The opponent looks at the X+2 tiles and gives the opponent the necessary tiles to complete the rack while returning the rest to the bag.

(b) if AT LEAST ONE newly drawn tile has touched the overdrawing player’s rack then:

(i) the overdrawing player must place the newly drawn tiles AND the tiles on his rack face down. He will mix them up and the opponent will select X+2 tiles and look at them face up. He will choose which tiles to return to the bag and the rest of the tiles which must number seven will be given to the overdrawing player.

Ending the Game

The game ends when a player has no more tiles to play and the bag is empty. Once an opponent has played the last move he must neutralize the clock and wait for the opponent to accept or challenge the move.

The opponent has 10 seconds to decide on whether to accept or challenge. Once 10 seconds has elapsed, the player who has played out can restart his opponent’s clock.

The value of tiles remaining is multiplied by 2 and then added to the score of the player who has played out.

Player who have gone over the preset time limit will incur time penalties. This occurs when the timer on a digital clocks start counting into the negative (-00.01). For every minute and part thereof that a player goes overtime, 10 points is deducted from the final score.

The game can also end if there are six consecutive turns of zero scores, which includes passes and exchanges. The player will minus the value of the tiles remaining on their racks from their score and the winner be the player with the highest score.

The game ends when the player have agreed on the final score. If no agreement is reached, then the player must consult each other’s score sheet and determine the score by move until the scores in concordance.

The winning player will fill in the result slip and the opponent will sign to confirm the score. Once this has been signed and handed in, the result stands and cannot be altered.

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