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Check out the latest news from the Orlando Scrabble Club!

Stories are archived below, from most recent to oldest.  Some older stories may be out of date.  Check out our Meetings or FAQ page for current info, or feel free to Contact Us.

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Club Remains ON HIATUS and ALL MEETINGS CANCELED Until Further Notice

posted Apr 2, 2020, 8:05 PM by Orlando Scrabble

The Orlando Scrabble Club remains on an indefinite hiatus.  All club meetings are canceled until further notice. 

We will resume meetings when it is safe to do so.  Any such announcement, or any other important updates, will be communicated via email, the club website, and the club Facebook page. 

Until then... 
Please stay safe, follow the directives of local and national authorities, and wash your hands frequently. 
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End of March '20 Stats

posted Apr 2, 2020, 8:00 PM by Orlando Scrabble

We were able to play only two sessions in March, before placing the club on an indefinite hiatus due to COVID-19.

We will resume club meetings only when it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, the Current Stats have been updated and now include all results through the March 9th session. As usual, it includes updated stats, standings, and accomplishments. 
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All Meetings CANCELED and Club ON HIATUS Until Further Notice

posted Mar 13, 2020, 10:19 AM by Orlando Scrabble

The Orlando Scrabble Club is going on an indefinite hiatus, effective immediately.  All club meetings are canceled until further notice. 

We will resume meetings when it is safe to do so.

We did not make this decision lightly.  We came to this conclusion after monitoring the local and national situation related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Of particular note for us:
  • Cases of COVID-19 are beginning to be reported in central Florida, and more are likely coming
  • Playing Scrabble involves close quarters and the sharing of tiles, tile bags, and other equipment
  • We have many players who are in high-risk groups
At this time, we believe it is important to prioritize health and safety over the playing of a board game. 

Important updates will be communicated via email, the club website, and the club Facebook page.

Until we see you next:
Please stay safe, follow the advice of local and national authorities, and... WASH YOUR HANDS frequently!
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Mar 16 session CANCELED

posted Feb 27, 2020, 6:31 PM by Orlando Scrabble   [ updated Mar 13, 2020, 10:06 AM ]

Our March 16th session is CANCELED, in order to do our part in the fight against COVID-19.

This was the session we were planning to have at the Cool Stuff Games store in Maitland.  Now we will not be meeting there, or anywhere, on that night.

Please stay tuned for updates about future sessions. 
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End of Feb '20 Stats

posted Feb 27, 2020, 6:25 PM by Orlando Scrabble

The Current Stats have been updated and now include all results through the February 24th session. 
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February was a fun and exciting month at the Club!  Take a moment to catch up on the updated stats, standings, and accomplishments. 

And then join us for our March sessions!  Hope to see you at the Club!

Next Tile Talk on Feb 24th

posted Feb 18, 2020, 9:12 PM by Orlando Scrabble

Our next Tile Talk will be offered this coming Monday, February 24th, from 6:30-6:55 p.m.! 

Local expert players Ed L and Tim will be offering an occasional series of short Scrabble lessons in the coming months, in which they will be leading discussions designed to improve your game!  These Tile Talks will take place at our usual Wirz Park venue, right before the start of regular club sessions.  (Attendance at the talks are optional, of course, and will have no bearing on the session to follow.) 

tile talk imageThe topic for this session is.... 

Board Management
In many games, you can help shape the board in ways that will improve your chances!  Sometimes this involves creating an "open" board, full of open lines and bingo opportunities.  Other times, this involves striving for a "closed" board with much less volatility.  In this lesson, we'll talk about when to play offense vs. defense, how and when to open (or close) the board, and other such considerations.

In short, make plans to attend our next Tile Talk on Monday, February 24th!  It will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and conclude by 7:00, after which our regular club session will begin. 

Ft Myers Kudos

posted Feb 9, 2020, 7:15 PM by Orlando Scrabble   [ updated Feb 9, 2020, 7:16 PM ]

Several current and former Orlando Scrabble Club members took part in the tournament in Fort Myers, FL, Feb 8th-9th.   
 
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Congrats especially to... Tim for finishing in 2nd place in Division 1... and to Chauncey for finishing in 1st place in Division 3 with an impressive 12-2 record! 

The full results are available at:
 

End of Jan '20 Stats

posted Jan 30, 2020, 8:59 PM by Orlando Scrabble

The Current Stats have been posted for the first time this season!  The update includes all results through the January 27th session. 
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The first four weeks of the new year have been full of new developments, as well as strong attendance and plenty of interesting plays and games.  Take a look at all of the fresh stats, standings, and accomplishments! 

And then join us for our February sessions!  Hope to see you at the Club!

Join us for Tile Talk on Jan 20th

posted Jan 16, 2020, 1:24 PM by Orlando Scrabble   [ updated Jan 16, 2020, 5:19 PM ]

The club's first Tile Talk will be offered this coming Monday, January 20th, from 6:30-7:00 p.m.! 

Local expert players Ed L and Tim will be offering an occasional series of short Scrabble lessons in the coming months, in which they will be leading discussions designed to improve your game!  These Tile Talks will take place at our usual Wirz Park venue, right before the start of regular club sessions.  (Attendance at the talks are optional, of course, and will have no bearing on the session to follow.) 

tile talk image For our fist topic, we'll be opening with...

Opening Racks
Every game begins with the first player drawing 7 tiles and deciding what to play.  It sounds simple and straightforward.  But you'd be surprised how much you can learn by a careful examination of opening rack strategies and ideas!  In this lesson, we'll work our way through a series of opening racks, using it as a way to talk about play selection, rack management, leave evaluation, and other considerations.

In short, make plans to attend our first Tile Talk this Monday, January 20th!  It will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and conclude by 7:00, after which our regular club session will begin. 

2019 Season 2 Stats Summary

posted Jan 2, 2020, 7:16 PM by Orlando Scrabble


calculator imageThe big 2019 Season 2 Stats Summary is now available, either right on our Current Stats page or (if you prefer) as a printable PDF download.

As always, the end-of-season summary contains final standings, statistics, and notes on the last six months of club play! 

Our new statistical season will start on January 6th
and will continue through the end of June.  You can be a part of it  by joining us at the Orlando Scrabble Club on Monday nights!

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