Scrabble: How to improve your game with The Times Scrabble columnist

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Join Paul Gallen, Scrabble columnist for The Times for a two-hour workshop to improve your Scrabble skills and become an opponent to be reckoned with.

Scrabble remains a captivating game which is easy to learn. However, the skills required to win a game of Scrabble are less understood, often with an overemphasis on the importance of a player’s natural vocabulary. Over this two-hour workshop, The Times Scrabble columnist Paul Gallen will provide the knowledge and tips that will enable you to play ‘good’ Scrabble and increase your average scores. Like all games, the more you play the better you get, and this course is designed to give you all you need to set you off in the right direction and continue to improve.

The session will be split into two parts, with the first half covering theory and knowledge-sharing, including:

  • How to increase your average scores
  • The best and worst letters in the Scrabble tile bag
  • Balancing your rack and understanding rack leaves
  • The factors to consider on opening moves
  • The art of exchanging tiles and tile tracking
  • How to play more bonus words
  • The endgame

The second half of the session will include interactive consensus games against a computer opponent with the aim of demonstrating the above learnings.

There will be plenty of opportunity to put your questions to Paul during the session.  This course is suitable for anyone who has played a game of Scrabble in person or online and those with a rudimentary knowledge of the game. 

Tutor bio: 
Paul Gallen has played Scrabble competitively for nearly 20 years and is currently ranked in the top ten in the world. He has won ten major UK titles including the 2012 UK National Scrabble Championship and three UK Masters titles. He writes the Scrabble column for the Saturday edition of The Times. He was the winner of the Championship of Champions on the Channel 4 gameshow Countdown in 2006.

The course will be accessed via Zoom.

Course date: Saturday, September 24, 10am-12pm

Price: £50 

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