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World Championship Tournament 2022 started Sep. 15th:
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Тавлеи против людей.
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Simple Tafl-w 9x9 starting Sep 1st.
Next: World Championship Tournament 2022.
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12-03/14:54 Draganov: And regarding my prefered variants in matches against everyone who is interested to play, I would like to play Standard Copenhagen, Copenhagen Bell, Fetlar or Copenhagen with different initial setup (Copenhagen Lewis Cross, Copenhagen with the setup of Simple Tafl, Copenhagen Wedge, which I tested in the Felhunn app). I also would like to play Standard Copenhagen with whites starting first. I tested all of these variants on the mobile app and all of them worked well. I also want to test the Copenhagen rules with initial setup of the black pieces on E1, F1, G1 and E3, F3, G3.

12-03/14:39 Draganov: @Cassher, playing a match against you in February or March sounds good to me. I also would like to mention that in 2024 will be 10 years from the death of Peter Kelly who had a great role in the tafl revival. I think we could have a Peter Kelly's memorial tornament in the Fetlar variant in 2024. Probably, Hagbard or Adam could also try to invite Tim Millar (Crust) to come back just for this memorial Fetlar tournament.

12-03/14:35 Draganov: @Cacreal, playing 20 Copenhagen games against Alex sounds interesting and good for me. I am open to stream the games in a video but I need to check how to do that because I have never done it before. At least I can stream my face and my board because I am not sure if Alex would like to present himself in public. If we could not stream the games, we can just play 20 games in Copenhagen (10 with the Standard and 10 with the Bell setup) if Alex also wants to play against me. I will try to start such game series in the next week.

12-03/12:39 cacreal: I just reviewed Alex vs Draganov play to a draw in the WC22 archive and they don't have to play in the super series. From move 40 onwards Draganov on black makes an incredible, probably the best recovery comeback in Tafl and Alex collapses under pressure and even accepts a draw with the ability to do a side fort and many missed chances to escape. On the offence Draganov breezed to victory. Vegas is calling the series a draw so bets are even money but umpires need to verify live video feeds so the blitz belt with shine until the next super series main event when a challenger faces the winner and loser to play under the same terms simultaneously.

12-03/11:25 cacreal: Draganov vs Alex world speed championship 20 game extravaganza of blitz Copenhagen is what I would love to watch. Both are very talented and available to play as they have been eliminated. 10 bell and 10 regular set up. Each player with stopped individual time of only 24 hours to play and then 30 minutes a move. Since they are in a similar time zone we could see the results and crown a blitz 2022 champion by the end of the weekend. If this isn’t enough for them they could also play 10 Tablut games in a similar fashion at the same time. Maybe there could be video feeds so we could watch them battle in real time. So many options. Alex is favoured to win with the higher ranking heading into the challenge but I believe Draganov can make it a series to remember. What do you say fellas ?

12-03/08:30 casshern: Not sure if this was mentioned yet, but this the 15th year that a Tafl champion will be crowned, going back to the first tournament on Fetlar Island in 2008. It is also the 10th year that a champion will be crowned using the Copenhagen variant. The first 5 tournaments used Fetlar rules. Just thought I would mention it for anyone who cares to know.

12-03/08:02 casshern: @Steiger: Do you still correspond with Ded Fomich. I would love to play more games of Tablut with him.

12-03/07:31 casshern: Sounds good to me. We can play in February or March.

I am also up for Hagbard’s idea of a “Beat the Winners” tournament. I will accept any challenge in the following variants: Copenhagen, Tablut, Welsh Tawlbwrdd, Simple Tafl, Berserk, and Sea Battle 9x9. I would also play Sea Battele 11x11, but either the cross or circle set up. I don’t really think the set up used in the tournament is very playable.

Depending how many games I would end up playing, would probably have to stagger the start of the games. I could probably handle about 10 matches at a time. Or when I finish at least half the games, I could start another 10 matches.

Im guessing Draganov would also be open to this challenge. Not sure of his preferences on variants and how many games he can handle at one time. I know at one point he challenged himself to 100+ games at once. Amazing! Unfortunately, I don’t have the time for so many games at once. But I will try to focus more on being more active here.

12-02/18:01 Draganov: @Casshern, what do you personally think about an exhibition match of 10 games in the Copenhagen variant between you and me. I am expecting a baby and will not be able to focus on the game by the end of the year and you are involved in the R3 of the world championship. However, I think if you agree, we can play such a match in the Spring of 2023. After the match, we can provide some comments on the games and analyses and publish them in the forum for the benefit of the development of the game. Let me know if such a match would be interesting for you.

12-02/17:57 Draganov: @Hagbard, your test example is used in the context of this double-elimination tournament. I think if we use it in a round-robin it will give better result. In the double-elimination tournament OdinHimself faced much stronger competition than Sqaree.

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World Championship Tournament started September 15th 2022.
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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 500 players the world over who played here 42000 real tafl games humans against humans and created a vast, practical experience with this intriguing, historical board game.

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