Spanish Scrabble

by Travis Chaney

Spanish-language Scrabble is arguably the second biggest scene for the word game. Organized club and tournament play falls under the oversight of FISE (Federación Internacional de Scrabble en Español).

Spanish Scrabble Clubs & Tournaments

There are a number of major national and international tournaments throughout the year, including an annual world championship. FISE uses a complex, Scrabble-specialized ELO system to rank its players.

Besides the classic head-to-head version of the game, Duplicate Scrabble is very popular among Spanish players, complete with its own world championship.

In addition to playing in clubs, many avid players practice online at, a website which supports the annual world championship through direct sponsorship .

Spanish Scrabble Words

The official word list for organized play is based on Diccionario Real Academia Española, an extensive, definitive, unabridged dictionary. While there is no published bound book with all the acceptable words (presumably because of its enormity), there is an online adjudicator for Spanish Scrabble words.

Even though there are fewer two- and three-letter words than exist in English, expert games tend to be much higher scoring (upwards of 500 points per game) due to the greater abundance of
bonus plays ("bingo" in English="Scrabble" in Spanish).

The tile distribution and point value for tiles is based on the Mattel version of the game, which differs from Hasbro's version that includes the K and W. The official tile distribution for Spanish Scrabble can be found here. It looks like this...

Spanish Scrabble Tile Distribution

Resources for Spanish Scrabble

There are as yet few software resources for word study, but some word lists are posted here, where you'll also find a link to Mike Wolfberg's What word study program adapted for Spanish.

Here is where you can get a free version of DupMaster, a software program used for playing duplicate Scrabble.

While Spanish-language players still do not have deluxe boards available to them, protiles in Spanish are now available for purchase here.

To give you a taste for competitive Spanish Scrabble, here is my tournament report from the 14th World Spanish Scrabble Championship.

Does this make you want to start learning Spanish right now? If so, here's a free taster you might like...

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Spanish Protiles
by: Anonymous

The Spanish Scrabble tiles shown above are Protiles. Purchase @ Also available: Hindi tiles and Latin tiles. Contact us for custom tiles.

Spanish SCRABBLE boards
by: Gene Tyszka

I manufacture round and fold-up SCRABBLE boards (in lightweight acrylic) in 8 languages; Spanish being one of them.

My website is and I can be reached at Please drop me a line if you have any questions (In English please, since I don't speak Spanish) I look forward to hearing from you.

Changing times
by: George MacAulay

In 1984, I received a list of 2-3 letter words
from a participant at the First Spanish World
championship held the previous year.
Using the letters "K" & "W", but not "CH", there were only 74 2-letter words then (including "KA")

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