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Using this app
To return to the game, click the X in the top right.
Using this app is free to view games by other players.
Using this app to play in FSL Scrabble League is free for players in the bottom (starting) division. Once you earn promotion, an annual subscription is required.
The FSL Scrabble League...
is open to all. Please invite your worthy opponents.
Each round lasts two weeks starting on alternate Tuesdays at 12 noon GMT.
During that time, you play one game against each other player in your division (usually about 12 games).
You must register for each round you wish to play. Registration for the next round opens on the middle Sunday of the previous round. At this time a button
Register for next round
will appear on the page.
Newcomers start in the bottom division but with a middle-of-the-range Elo rating of 5000.
Players are ranked within their divisions, first by number of games won, then by total points won less total points lost. This app updates the ranking every time a score is entered.
At the end of the round, the three players at the top of each division are promoted.
Before you start
You need to have registered to play in the current round before it started!
The app will automatically create games with the other players in your division. You do NOT need to be Facebook friends with them.
If you have registered but decide not to play, please withdraw before the round starts by clicking
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Phonies and Challenges
The app allows you to play phonies and issue challenges.
When a play is challenged, all the words played in that turn will be validated against CSW19 (the official worldwide tournament dictionary).
An unsuccessful challenge earns your opponent 5 points.
Successful challenges remove the letters played and your opponent loses their turn.
The exception is the supposed final word of the game, which cannot be a phoney. If it is, the app will automatically challenge on the other player's behalf.
At the end of the game, a list of phonies played (both challenged and unchallenged) is displayed.
There is a Facebook discussion group for this app at FSL Scrabble League. You are encouraged to join and get to know the other players.
Our outstanding players are celebrated in the Hall of Fame, found under the tab.
For email notifications, go to the "Settings" tab.
Update your "Message" to let other players know you will be offline for a while or just to greet them. The option to do this is in the Settings tab.
To contact an admin, join the Facebook group above and find an admin listed in the membership section.
For technical support or to report a bug, please post a support request to the ScrabbleScores Bugs and Enhancement Requests Facebook group. Please include screenshots and the sharing link for the game as well as a clear explanation of the problem.
Click on a starting square on the board. This will show an arrow indicating direction of play.
Click on it again to change direction.
Place letters from your rack by clicking on them or by typing on your keyboard.
To withdraw them, click on or press the "Backspace" or "Delete" keys on your keyboard.
To send your move to the server, click on or press the "Enter" key on your keyboard.
The score for a word you are entering appears as you type it.
You can check the detail of how your score is made up without committing to playing it by clicking on or pressing /, ?, # or = on your keyboard. Note: not all of these shortcuts work on all keyboards.
Your play is validated for legality (i.e. whether it connects with other letters on the board) but it is not validated against a dictionary unless challenged
As well being detailed in the Score tab, your opponent's most recent play is highlighted with tiles like
To play a blank, either type the letter you want or click on the blank and select the letter from the tray that pops up.
Sometimes the word you are playing will have two letters the same and want to play the blank as the first of these. In this case you will need to play the blank by clicking on it, otherwise the non-blank will be selected first.
To pass your turn, click on
To challenge your opponent's latest move, click on in the Scores tab.
When a play is challenged, all the words played will be validated against CSW19 (the official worldwide tournament dictionary).
An unsuccessful challenge earns your opponent 5 points.
Successful challenges remove the letters played and your opponent loses their turn.
First select the letter(s) you wish to exchange by clicking on them or typing. This will move them into the space just above your rack.
If they move onto the board instead, click on and try again.
When you're happy with your selection, click on the "Go Fish" icon
The game ends when...
The tile bag is empty and so is one player's rack, having played a valid word. (Invalid final words are automatically challenged by the app.)
or there have been six non-scoring plays in succession (passes, successful challenges or exchanges)
or the tournament time expires. See below.
The app calculates countback (the value of tiles remaining in either or both players' racks). If both players have countback, the relevant points are deducted from each. If only one player has countback, they also receive their opponent's countback as a bonus.
The app also calculates any time penalties. See below.
The app records the time between successive plays.
In the event of the game running out of time at the end of a tournament round, time penalties will be added as follows.
Players have 12 hours grace in which to take a turn, including the first turn. After 12 hours, potential penalty time is incurred. At the end of the round, if a game is unfinished, the game will be automatically concluded and any time penalties will be applied. 1 point will be deducted from each player's score for each complete three hours of their total penalty time.
Click on the tab to see live updates of times and potential time penalties.
Arranging your rack
Randomly shuffle the letters on your rank by clicking or by pressing the space bar on your keyboard.
Arrange them into alphabetical order by clicking or by pressing the "Tab" key on your keyboard.
Move individual tiles on the rack by first selecting an insertion point by clicking underneath the rack. e.g. then clicking on the tile you wish to move to that spot.
To turn off the insertion point, click it again.
In general, all information about or from the player with the first move is shown in DARK BLUE and all information about or from the other player is shown in DARK GREEN.
Click on your opponent's picture to go to their Facebook profile (if they have provided the URL).
On the left hand side of the screen, below your pictures, is shown rating and high score stats for both of you.
Under your opponent's photo their local time is shown to help you decide whether to expect a return play or not. Between 7am and 11pm, this is shown in daytime colours
Between 11pm and 7am, this is shown in nighttime colours
Under your photo, an LED shows whether you have your status message set. if you have, if you haven't. This is to remind you to remove out-of-date messages in the Settings tab.
Any status message from your opponent is in dark blue italics running across the top of the screen.
Many more detailed stats on all the games and players in the league are available under the Stats tab.
Current game information
Whether it's YOUR TURN or HIS/HER TURN is shown to the left of the board.
The player named first in the heading is the player with the first move.
The Score tab to the right of the board shows all moves played in the current game, including scores for each word and running totals.
The Tiles tab tracks remaining unseen tiles.
The Chat tab allows conversation between the players. Please note that other players and admins have access to the chat so don't say anything you don't want generally known! New chat messages in the current game are indicated by a lit LED vs. an unlit one
Click on in the scores tab to view the Elo ratings consequences of a win, loss or draw.
The information in the scoring tab uses international conventions for showing Scrabble moves. These are best explained with an example.
In this example, the player has placed the tiles R and T, making the words RET and URN.
Her score is shown as
The text is in blue, indicating she went first in the game.
"GS" is her initials.
She played the move at 17:48 6/6/2019. The time is displayed according to the timezone of the player viewing. The date is formatted using British conventions i.e. dd/mm/yy.
The play was horizontal starting at row 11, column k. By convention, rows are counted 1-15 from the top and columns are lettered a-z from the left. Horizontal plays are shown number (i.e. row) first and vertical plays are shown letter (i.e. column) first.
The E, U and N were all already on the board. This is indicated by placing them in brackets.
The N was a blank. This is indicated by showing it in lower case.
RET scored 6 points, URN scored 4 points, for a total of 10. This is added to her previous score (not shown) for a running grand total of 254.
In the first example, player JT has played the letters NOH, making the words, NOH, TH, NO and IN. For this she scored a total of 30, bringing score to 143.
Her opponent, EM, challenged. This had no effect on his current score of 30.
The words were validated. NOH, NO and IN were all correct but TH was invalid. This is indicated by ticks and crosses corresponding to the order of the words as listed. Therefore the turn was disallowed, the 30 points were subtracted, her turn was lost and the letters returned to her rack.
In the second example, JT has played three valid words and EM has incorrectly challenged. As a result, JT's score is increased by 5 penalty points and her letters remain on the board. EM can continue with normal play - his turn is not lost.
Click the button in the Score tab to obtain a URL to show the game to others. Maybe you want to show off an excellent play; maybe you want to report suspected cheating to an admin.
Viewers of other players' games cannot chat, make plays or see either player's settings but they CAN see what has been said in chats, as can admins.
In live games, viewers cannot see either players' racks. In completed games, full rack information from every turn is included in .gcg downloads.
Completed games can be downloaded in John Chew's .gcg format by clicking the button in the Scores tab. You can use .gcg files to animate and publish games in Cross-Tables and to analyse games in Quackle
Click the Games tab for a list of all your games currently in play and completed games in the current round. Games in which it is your turn to play are listed first.
You can move straight to the next game without visiting the games tab by clicking on
In the games tab, games in progress are shown in truncated form. To expand them to see more information, click on . This will show the current score, the time since last play so you can keep an eye on potential time penalties and the details of the type of game such as the lexicon in use.
Click on to play or view a game.
Completed games show the results, including countback, time penalties and affect on Elo ratings.
The Results tab shows the current ranking for all players in the round. It also allow previous rounds to be viewed.
By default, the Results tab is scrolled to your own division. Click the button to return there.
Click on a division title in the Results tab to view games between other players.
Click on a player's name to see detailed stats about that player.
Message, Chat and Note
A message is a short statement (up to 110 characters) you can make that is visible to all your opponents. Perhaps "Good luck to all" or "I'm away until Wednesday. I'll play you when I return". On your opponent's screens, this appears across the top of the game board, above your names. The fact that you have one set is also indicated by a light on your games in their Games tab.
You set a message and delete it using the Settings tab or by clicking on the "message" LED under your photo.
When you have a message set, the LED under your photo lights up.
Chat is communication between you and specific opponents.
You can chat during and even after a game, whether or not it is your turn.
When you have an unread message, a lit LED is shown on the game in the Games tab.
When you open a game with an unread chat, the Chat tab opens by default.
The last message is marked as read when you either reply or take a turn.
Remember, chats are visible to anyone including FSL admins. Do not do or say anything you are not happy for others to see.
A note is a short note you make to yourself about a specific game.
Click on icon to open the notepad. Type your note and click to save it.
When you have made a note, it will open automatically every time you open that game until you delete it.
Ranking and Promotion
The process of assigning players to divisions is as follows:
The size and number of divisions is determined, based on the number of registrants.
Every player has a rank calculated from their games in the most recent round they have played in:
20,000 for each win
10,000 for each draw
+1 for each point scored
-1 for each point scored by opponents
The top three players in each division are always promoted as long as they re-register for the next round.
Newcomers are added to the bottom of the rank order in the sequence in which they registered.
Players are allocated, bottom up, to the available places.
Things that can affect where you are placed:
The algorithm that determines the divisions attempts to make the number of players as even across the divisions as possible and as close to 13 as possible. Depending on the number of people who register, the divisions may contain 12, or 13 players each. The changing size of divisions from round to round can significantly affect where you are placed.
People above you dropping out can cause you to be promoted when you were not expecting it.
People returning to play who were not in the previous round but are ranked higher than you can cause you to be relegated. Note that unlike some other tournaments, there is no deliberate process of relegating the bottom three. Relegation is just a natural consequence of how the numbers work.
Everyone in a division starts the round as equals. Neither Elo nor previous rank is taken into account. The only thing that matters is which division you are in.
In the very rare event of a tie in wins and margin, the tie-breaker is the rank order in which the players completed the previous round.
There is no rank penalty for skipping rounds apart from unclaimed promotions lapsing.
Elo ratings between 5300 and 5499 are labelled Expert . Elo ratings above 5500 are labelled Elite
Under the Elo ratings system, the winner of a game gains a number of ratings points and the losing player loses the same number. The number of points won or lost depends on the difference between the ratings of the two players; a player will gain more points by beating a higher-rated player than by beating a lower-rated player.
In the case of a draw, the lower rated player wins points from the higher rated player, but fewer points than if she had won the game.
The value of each game is based on the players' rating at the start of each round. At the end of the round, the points won and lost on each game are added up and the players' rating are adjusted and rounded to the nearest whole number for the next round.
The difference between two players' Elo ratings implies an expectation of how often each of them will win when playing each other. Under the system we use:
a player with a rating of 400 more than her opponent is ten times as likely to win
a player with a rating 120 more than his opponent is expected to win two times out of three
a player with a rating 75 more than her opponent is expected to win three times out five.
If you know about Elo, you might want to know that we use a starting value of 5000, K=24 for all players and a standard e1/192 logistic curve. The starting value was selected to clearly distinguish our ratings from those of WESPA and ABSP. The logistic curve and K value were selected, in the absence of better information, because they "felt right". In round 37, with 17,000 games recorded, we ran validation tests and the selected values turned out to be surprisingly close to yielding the minimum possible errors in predictive power.
If you want to learn about the technical details, Wikipedia has a good article.
For a complete list of Elo-rated players Click here.
Play nice. Chat nice.
This is a tournament among humans, not computers, so do not use any anagram software or similar.
Obscene, sexual and racial slur words etc are all fine on the Scrabble board if they are in the dictionary but in chat, on the group page and in all other forms of communication, keep it polite and respectful, bearing in mind that we have players from a wide variety of cultures and religions.
Remember, all plays and chats are visible to anyone including FSL admins. Do not do or say anything you are not happy for others to see.
Do not make accusations of cheating either privately or in public. The correct course of action is to use the button in the Score tab to obtain a public URL for the game and send it to an FSL admin for them to take action if they feel it is appropriate. Note that admins take the breaking of this rule very seriously. One of the founding principles of FSL was to escape the negativity and accusations that beset other Scrabble communities at the time.
Registering to play under more than one account is unacceptable.
Do not register unless you expect to be able to play and complete all your games within the time limit.
If you have registered and then realised you will not be able to do this, please withdraw before the tournament starts.
Note that breaking any of these rules (possibly except the last*) may be subject to penalties as admins feel appropriate. This may include one or more of
A demotion in rank
A temporary ban
A permanent ban.
Banned members are not entitled to refunds of subscriptions.
* The app already penalises players who register but do not play so there is no need for admins to get involved unless the player does this repeatedly.
To comply with Mattel's licensing requirements, you must be a member of FSL to use the game play facilities
You may play as a guest in the league until you win promotion for the first time.
You may also play up to ten non-league games as a guest.
You have guest games remaining
ScrabbleScores and FSL rely on support from players
A vote among players in 2016 decided on a minimum subscription of £5 a year, with the intention of making FSL affordable for everyone.
This can only work if those who can afford to donate more, do so. Please help. (£10 donation suggested)
Note that a PayPal account is not required. You can pay by debit or credit card.
If you live in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Pakistan or Zimbabwe or another country where the use of PayPal is restricted, please scroll down for further information.
FSL Scrabble Clock
Players have 12 hours grace in which to take a turn, including the first turn. After 12 hours, potential penalty time is incurred. At the end of the round only if a game is unfinished, the game will be automatically concluded, tiles in each player's rack will be counted against their score and any time penalties will be applied. 1 point will be deducted from each player's score for each complete three hours of the total penalty time.
Reminder: Penalty points are only incurred if the game is unfinished.
We collect the following personal and activity data:
Password (in encrypted form only)
Facebook ID (optional)
Chats within games
We collect your username and password so you can log on. We do not believe anyone has anything to gain from hacking ScrabbleScores except a list of passwords and only then if you use your passwords for more secure activities; hence we only store passwords in encrypted form. This means we can never advise you of your password if you forget it, we can only reset it and send you a new one, which you must change immediately.
We collect your name so people will know what to call you
We collect your sex so we can use the correct pronouns.
If you provide the URL of your Facebook profile page, we will use it to allow other players to visit your page and send you messages via Messenger.
We store and display your photo to make your games and stats more personal. It's nice if it's a photo of you but it can be your dog or your dinner if you prefer
We collect your timezone so your opponents can make a judgement about whether to wait for you to respond. If displaying your timezone gives you security concerns, you can prevent it from being displayed in the Settings tab.
We store an email address so you can, at the least, be reminded of your username on request. You can control how else it is used in the settings menu. Very, very occasionally we may use it to contact you if there is a change we think you should be aware of. So far we have done that once in five years.
We store the Scrabble games you play and use the scores to produce all sorts of statistics (that's the whole idea!)
We store the amount and date of any subscription/donation you make along with your PayPal email address but we do not hold anything that could give us access to your bank, card or PayPal accounts.
We collect your IP address to help prevent personation.
NOTE We store any messages you enter in the Chat tab and make them available to anyone who views your games. Do not enter personal information in chats. This is primarily for security. We feel that if chats are public, they are less likely to be abused. It also means that admins can read them if a player reports that they feel harassed.
You can request to see your personal data.
... but you don't need to. Everything we hold about you is visible to you on the site.
We may keep data indefinitely.
...especially if you earn a place in our Hall of Fame.
We don't share your personal data with other companies.
Not at all!
No ad companies collect data through our service.
We do not carry advertising.
You can ask privacy questions.
If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy policies, please post your question on the FSL Facebook page.
We take steps to protect personal information
We do not collect any other data. Donations are handled securely by PayPal, not by us.
DEVELOPMENT INFO Time controls have not yet been implemented. If you start a game with phonies allowed, only 5pt challenges have been implemented.
Sorry, no open requests at this time. Why not create one of your own?
Choose a letter for your blank
You are setting up games in which:
The lexicon is CSW19
Phonies (words not in the dictionary) may be played
5 point penalty for failed challenges
Words may NOT be checked for validity in advance
Two weeks are allowed for the game to be completed