Part II – Intermediate Play – Words With Friends

Target audience:

  • Semi-competitive player with 10 or fewer simultaneous games
  • Enjoys winning slightly more than making clever words
  • Wants to limit playing time but still win 60% or more of the games
  • Has mastered all the skills listed in Part I – Basic Tactics

Tactics

20 point minimum.  Strive for this minimum score in all cases.
  • Use this as a guideline to get your score above 350.
  • This rule-of-thumb helps balance time management with a decent score. (i.e. Find a 20 point word with decent defensive stance and move to next game.)
 30+ point word.  Play whenever and wherever.
  • With this many points, it’s OK to let down your defensive stance.
  • Often, the worst case is your opponent will respond with a similar score, but it’s worth the gamble and keeps you in control of the board.
2-letter words.  You must know these to be speedy and see the pairings naturally.
  • For Blackjack players, this is no different than memorizing simple strategy.
  • This is big time booster and prevents unnecessary trial-and-error.
  • See the following table for a list of these:
AA AB AD AE AG AH AI AL AM AN
AR AS AT AW AX AY BA BE BI BO
BY DA DE DI DO ED EF EH EL EM
EN ER ES ET EX FA FE FI GI GO
HA HE HI HM HO ID IF IN IS IT
JO KA KI LA LI LO MA ME MI MM
MO MU MY NA NE NO NU OD OE OF
OH OI OM ON OP OR OS OW OX OY
PA PE PI QI RE SH SI SO TA TI
TO UH UM UN UP US UT WE WO XI
XU YA YE YO ZA
Defensive letters:  V, C & K (to some extent)
  • Use these letters to play words to prevent your opponent from connecting to your word.
  • These letters can be used to render a TW or DW unusable for the rest of the game.

Using the V to block Using the C to block Using the V to block - 2

Other Posts

Introduction
Part I – Basic Tactics
Part II – Intermediate Play 
Part III – Intermediate Play (cont)
Part IV – Advanced Strategy
Part V – Hard Core Tactics
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