- 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
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:
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.