Collins links

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This page provides links related Collins, and is part of our introduction to Collins (SOWPODS) in North America. For brevity, we will refer to the North American and International lexica, OTCWL16 and CSW15, as TWL and CSW respectively.

Since once can obviously find much material online by web-searching "Scrabble", "Collins", etc., we limit the selection to the most useful links for the player new to CSW.

These links are all up-to-date for CSW15 unless otherwise noted.

General

Scrabble General worldwide site for Scrabble
NASPA North American Scrabble Players Association
WESPA World English-Language Scrabble Players Association

Playing Guides & Books

Some of these are not up-to-date for CSW15, but the effect is minor

Breaking the Game Cutting-edge Scrabble strategy, puzzles, etc.
Word Basic Scrabble strategy
Scrabble Solved Advanced strategy
101 Ways to Win at Scrabble Recent British book
Collins Scrabble: Play Like a Champion A few years older
How to Win at Scrabble From 2004, but comprehensive guide to high level play
The Scrabble Player's Handbook Free online PDF
Word Addict: Secrets of a World SCRABBLE Champion Recent world champion's story, with game insight

Software

Quackle Widely used software that can be configured for Scrabble
NASPA Zyzzyva Widely used word study software; requires NASPA membership and license
Collins Zyzzyva Free version that does not contain TWL, but has more comprehensive definitions for CSW, spanning 2-15 letters
Aerolith Online game to practice anagramming, in TWL or CSW
Tournament Shell Tournament directing software that can do TWL or CSW
Director Another tournament directing software, more graphically based
Elise Another word game playing software
WHAT Another word finding software

Word Lists

Collins Cheat Sheet Part 1 Useful CSW-only words for handy reference: 2s, 3s, high probability bingos, the 59 2-8 letter words only in TWL, etc.
Collins Cheat Sheet Part 2 More useful words: hooks of 2s, 4s
Collins Official Scrabble Words Official CSW15 book
Collins Scrabble Dictionary 2-9 letter words, with short definitions
Collins Ultimate Scrabble Dictionary and Wordlist Similar, but with 10-15s also listed
ABSP words by category Extensive sets of lists by many definition-based categories (languages, food, etc.)
Winning Words Set of books with useful categories by part of speech, etc.

Tournaments & Ratings

NASPA tournament calendar Official calendar of rated NASPA tournaments, both TWL and CSW
Cross-Tables Tournaments, ratings, results, etc. Front page has good visual list with obvious icons showing that a tournament is TWL or CSW
NASPA SOWPODS ratings Description of the CSW ratings, with results
WESPA ratings World ratings

Etc.

Collins Scrabble Players Online pro-CSW in North America community
Transition from TWL to Collins Second online community
Dweebovision Videos of CSW games with clear and insightful commentary
Word Buff Lots of word-related material
Learning Scrabble Words Blog entry on learning Collins words

Please direct comments about this page to its author, Nick Ball.