For many years, tournament organisers have been able to use a suitable computer program on computer or even a tablet to allow players to have words adjudicated. However from 14 Jan 2021, CASPA introduced a rule allowing adjudication by electronic devices at the players' table, if agreed to both players (see Rule 10.3b in the aside). Here is a guide to what might be acceptable, and some apps which may be suitable. If you are accustomed to how you use an app at home, you may need to adjust settings for tournament play. Before you judge a play, show your opponent the app that you are using, and the mode it is in.
What is requiredAny device used to adjudicate words during a Scrabble tournament must have the following features:
- Collins Scrabble Words (CSW 2019). The setting which achieves this varies. This should be done well before the tournament. This choice of lexicon should be visible.
- The definition and/or part of speech should not be shown.
- A solver mode which shows anagrams and/or hooks is very naughty.
- Word entry
- You should be able to enter several words. Judging one after another is wrong.
- Several words
- One ✔ or ✘, not individually shown.
- Not part of a suite
- Auto clear
- Clear after a few seconds. Otherwise an option to clear.
iPhone and iPad
ComputerThe program Zyzzyva (Windows or Mac) can be set up as a word judge. It has many other solving and quiz functions but the word judge will be full screen.
OnlineThere are no recommended online word judges. The one provided by Collins Dictionary says it is the only official online checker. It fails every test.
- It seems to be CSW19, but this is not displayed
- Definition and part of speech shown
- Word Entry
- If two words are to be challenged they are done one at a time.