There was an unusual situation that occurred in one of my games at the Super Scrabble club this past Thursday. My opponent overdrew, emptying the bag at the end of the game. I couldn’t remember the exact ruling for this situation, so we treated it as a regular overdraw. I emailed Jan Cardia, NASPA’s Rules Committee Chair, to ask for the ruling because I found conflicting rulings in my 2012 rules book and the current 2016 rules book. Below is Jan’s response. What should have happened in my game is the very bottom action. Hopefully, this situation won’t occur again, but if it does, you will know how to rectify it.
IV.B.8. Overdrawing Tiles when Fewer than Seven in the Bag
1. If the overdraw happens and is discovered when it is the non-offending player’s turn to make a play, the standard X+2 penalty is applied for an overdraw, where X = the number of tiles overdrawn.
2. If the overdraw happens or is discovered when it is the offending player’s turn to make a play, the following penalty is applied, where X = the number of tiles overdrawn.
(a)If the offender has not combined any drawn tiles with the old tiles: the non-offender chooses X+2 of those tiles, up to the total number of tiles drawn, but does not expose them to the offender. Those tiles will then be combined with the non-offender’s tiles. The non-offender, within one minute, returns the appropriate number of tiles, of his/her choosing, from his/her rack, to the offender, and any tiles in excess of seven, of his/her choosing, will be returned to the bag without revealing them to the offender.
(b)If the offender has combined any drawn tiles with the old tiles: the non-offender chooses X+2 tiles from all of the opponent’s tiles. Two of those tiles will be returned to the offender’s rack. The remaining tiles, X, will then be combined with the non-offender’s tiles. The non-offender, within one minute, returns X tiles, of his/her choosing, from his/her rack, to the bag without revealing them to the offender.
On Monday, February 17, 2020, 09:31:40 AM PST, Evelyn Davis <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Final list of players this Thursday, 02/20/20:
Yuki, Amnon, David, Fern, Evelyn, Najat, Lynn, Gretchen, Don, Joanie, Anthea
Where: Applebee’s Restaurant, Santa Ana Main Place Mall, Upper Level, East Side
2800 N Main St., Ste 868, Santa Ana, CA 92705
When: February 20, 2020 from 11 am to 6 pm (lunch break at around 12:30 pm)
1) Most letters from ‘FEBRUARY’
2) Name of gemstone
3) Containing ‘X’ (not blank)
Birthday celebrant: Najat
Bon voyage: May (Costa Rica), Renee (Texas)