This club meets every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. or later at the home of Don Finkey at 340 Fremont Street, Manchester, NH 03103. Club sessions recently have about 4-8 players.
Matchups are typically done by the director, using modified Swiss pairings according to club ratings and that session's win-loss record. The goal is to have as many competitive games as possible, while also providing a variety of opponents.
Timers are used for all games. During a newcomer's first three visits, time penalties are not assessed, and free challenges are permitted. Use of a 2- and 3-letter word list is also available open-book during this period, as well as for players averaging less than 275.
The NWL2020 lexicon is used; many ethnic slurs have been removed. You can see the expurgated words at the club or by visiting scrabbleplayers.org and choosing Member Services from the Members menu.
If there are at least three players interested, most sessions end with games of Big Boggle.
This is a club of mostly advanced players of Scrabble and Boggle, but beginners are welcome to show up and improve their playing.
There are no dues, as the director's home is free of charge for this club. Don provides some snacks, and when there is interest a pizza or two will be dekivered.
Don emails a weekly report showing the status of active players. He keeps track of wins, losses, and averages for a yearly season. A rating system is used which is the one used in the Lexington, MA Club.
For more info, contact club director Don Finkey at DFinkster@aol.com or 603-321-3069.
This club is included on this web site since it is relatively close to the Boston, MA metropolitan area. This is one of the only three active clubs of which I am aware in the state of New Hampshire. The other ones are the Peterborough Club #808 and Exeter Club #587. The Exeter Club has remained inactive since Covid-19.
Scrabble is also played each Thursday at the Manchester Senior Center in West Manchester. This group meets from 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is mostly a group of good players but not as advanced at the Wednesday night club, although both Don and Mike usually attend this group also. There is a small fee to play in this group.