The King of Scrabble

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story imageOliver Roeder gives competitive Scrabble a serious analysis in a recent pair of articles previewing and covering the 2014 National Scrabble Championship, with a focus on the man who is considered the world's best: Nigel Richards.
In a game in 1998, then-newcomer Richards had a rack of CDHLRN? ("?" denotes a blank tile). There was an E available on the board; Richards could have played CHILDREN for a bingo and a 50-point bonus. Instead, Richards played through two disconnected Os and an E. The word? The 10-letter CHLORODYNE.

If you're wondering what the word means - well, it means Richards is the greatest Scrabble player to ever live.

Re: Points (Score: 1)

by on 2014-09-08 09:21 (#2S4Y)

Good point. I wonder how you'd categorize words into normal, advanced, and super though? Probably a thought that went through the head of the game's original designer.

I'm always amazed at the longevity of games like this that have remained popular, essentially unchanged, for decades.
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