Scrabble players test new game format tonight
The country’s top scrabble players will be in action tonight when the Guyana Association of Scrabble Players (GASP) stages ‘Word Smith,’ which will also witness an entirely new format to the game.
Colin Chichester, who is acting President in the absence of Moen Gafoor, disclosed that “Word Smith’ will be played in a different format than previous games. He said that the aim of this exercise is to expand on the players’ word knowledge.
According to Chichester the new format will see players forming words from seven tiles randomly selected from the bag. Each player will be given a chance at forming an authentic scrabble word from the tiles chosen. Successful players would receive a specified amount of points. Subsequently, players will be asked to form anagrams, using the same letters. If successful they will receive additional points.
Chichester said that the new format is designed to encourage increased participation from members of the public who wishes to become involved but nurtures apprehension because of the strange words formed by seasoned players.
He said that tonight’s tournament will be used to test the effectiveness of the new format and as such only the regular players will be allowed to participate. He said that a determination would then be made regarding the effectiveness of the new format and thereafter, the inclusion of the rookies will take effect.
Chichester promised to supply a more detailed explanation of the new format in a subsequent press release. All players are asked to be early for a prompt start. The first word will be formed at 19:00hrs.