- Scrabble is a board game.
- A game can be played by two to four players.
- There are a specified number of tiles.
- Each tile holds a letter worth one to ten points, or a “blank” (similar to a “joker” or a “wild card” in card games).
- The word must appear in the official set of dictionaries (e.g. Chamber’s Dictionary, Jone’s Pronouncing Dictionary).
- A player can challenge the validity of a word. He or she will forfeit a turn if the challenge is unsuccessful.
- A bonus of 50 points is given for a word formed with all seven tiles. e.g. MAJESTY
- In some contests, adding “s” to a singular to make it plural is disallowed.
In our younger days, Scrabble tournaments were held by
- Guardian Newspaper
P. Aung Khin (Editor, “Dawlay’s Circle” was a host.
There was a “Tiger” Scrabble team with three players. One of the Tigers joined Saya Des Rodgers to play Doubles.
- RIT Scrabble Club
Saya Des and Saya U Khin were hosts.
It is known for the Chess Champions (e.g. Saya Dawson). It also hosted Scrabble tournaments.
Saya Des Rodgers won several trophies. Most of the English sayas (e.g. U Khin) and sayamas (e.g. Daw Toni) played Scrabble along with the students such as Ko Myo Tun (Bobby) and Ko Khin Maung Win (Roland). Civil Engineering sayas (e.g. U Tin Win) also frequent the English Department for Scrabble sessions and tournaments.
Saya U Khin has Chamber’s Dictionary and Jone’s Pronouncing Dictionary on his desk for use in the challenges.
- Saya Des moved to UK and then USA.
- Saya U Khin moved to Taiwan.
- Sayama Toni joined her husband (who retired as Ambassador). After his demise, Sayama moved back to Yangon. She reports about the gatherings (sumptuous food and Scrabble) in Yangon.
- Bobby is now a Sayadaw named Ashin Pannagavesaka (Pa Auk Tawya monastery in Mawlamyine). Bobby mentioned that Paul requested him to be a judge at the Guardian Scrabble tournaments, so he could not participate.
- Roland retired after working for an Embassy in Yangon.