Didja know the French Scrabble Champion was, for a time, a guy who can’t speak French?
His name is Nigel Richards. He’s real good at Scrabble. In order to compete in French Scrabble, he memorised the French Scrabble Dictionary over nine weeks. He knows all the words that are valid moves, and doesn’t speak any French at all. And this might seem like a remarkable thing, at first, but I tell you this not to be awed by Nigel Richards — though I mean, you should be impressed, the dude is good at Scrabble — but rather to get you to think about Scrabble.
About what Scrabble’s not, and how to see how being good at Scrabble would change you.Continue Reading →