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World Championship Tournament 2023 started Sep. 15th:
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12-06/21:08 Hagbard: - I suppose that the x4 timing worked so well because players on different continents were very flexible and made it work -

12-06/20:12 Hagbard: Quick timing is a big problem.
Compare fx. Los Angeles and Sofia.
In Los Angeles leisure time after work 17 o'clock until 22 o'clock when time to turn in
corresponds to Sofia 3 o'clock at night until 8 o'clock morning.
In theory the two players will never meet live and can only exchange one move each per day.
(Hat tip: inspired from Xerxes email)

12-06/19:22 Skye: Draganov congratulations, I just saw you made it to NR 1

12-06/13:07 floki: @ Draganov : Congratulations Plamen, you're unstoppable (~ unbeatable)! Vive le Roi ! Thumb up to Alex who nearly made it

12-06/12:22 Hagbard: The 7 "unknown" players made it smoothly through the tournament:
Gingie339 and Ash made it to 1. round Cop.
Ekve2 made it to 1. round Hist.
Arcrue and Mrcrow made it to 2. round Cop.
Fiji270 made it to 2. round Hist.
Ailill made it to 2. round Cop., 2. round Hist. and 3. round Sea.

12-06/10:36 Hagbard: yes the timing ...

There's a list here of how long the tournament lasted through the years:

Actually the players were rather active this year.
Average 20 days per round. The games we wait for have more than 100 moves. That is more than 5 moves per day.
So along with life, work and family, every player still managed to in average 2-3 times every day all the way to analyze the board and make a move.

I could think of a couple of parameters to tune a bit more:
Time per move 8 hours -> 6 hours.
Shorter time till "end game mode" starts where players have less and less time.

12-06/08:51 Hagbard: Long time ago

12-05/22:56 Draganov: I also want to suggest to place all of the unknown and new players who completed at least 1 game before the championship but hadn't completed more than 10 games to be placed in a separate group and play against each other. After that the winner of the newcomer's group can proceed to the next round and join the other players who qualified for round 2.

12-05/22:51 Draganov: I am happy to win the championship especially on the 25th year of the website. This year, the championship was brutal and exhausting at least for me... I feel really tired after all hard battles. I want to thank all of the participants, the umpires and Aage Nielsen for the opportunity to play Hnefatafl on a world championship level. I also want to congratulate Casshern and Holidayinnes for winning the Historical and Race tournaments respectively. On the other hand, I think the format of the championship should be improved since it takes months to be completed and it is very exhausting for the top players. Maybe this year we will manage to find a working quick time control which will fasten the next world championship.

12-05/10:39 Hagbard: To all players and umpires of the World Championship tournament 2023,
a thousand thank yous that you would participate 36 players, and especially this year being the 25 years website anniversary.
Speaking for myself, I can say that it was very entertaining to follow the games!
Congratulations to the winners
Draganov, Casshern and Holidayinnes!
The victories were hard-won and well-earned.

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Many thanks to Tim Millar ("crust"), Adam Bartley ("Adam"), John C. Ashton, Nicolas Cartier, Jonas Lööf ("conanlibrarian"), Olli Salmi, Damian Walker ("cyningstan"), Rasmus Holbroe, Thore Nissen, Lucho Panchev ("OdinHimself"), Corey Hart ("Brench"), Alexander Steiger Dis ("Steiger"), Dmitry Pashkov, Delray Curtis ("jrton80"), David Zolli ("branan"), Luk Martens ("Masterluke"), Marian Luck ("themightyglider"), Mikkel Berg-Nordlie ("mihkkal"), Alessandro Arzani ("Abbas Agraphicus") and all players who contributed to this site and to the photo gallery. And not least the more than 600 players the world over who played here 47000 real tafl games humans against humans and created a vast, practical experience with this intriguing, historical board game.

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