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The Viking board game.

Search! Who is Nicolas Cartier, who wrote this paper?
LE TABLUT DE LINNAEUS / Nicolas Cartier (November 2011).

viking World Tafl Federation Hnefatafl Championship tournament 2017.

Register for the tournament in July and August (press the "Enter" button below, fill in User name and Password and press the button "Register for the tournament").
The tournament starts September 15th 2017.

Registered participants by August 8th:
Steiger, jrton80, AreVidar, OdinHimself, edmond-dantes, animals, xerxes, altti, epm180, Kratzer, Tuireann, casshern, sqAree, Waegn, MrTopom, Hagbard, Patterson, Thanir, Fraech, DoktorKarlsrud, JKRS, emabear35, bigwurm91, tomsavini

Room for many more championship participants. If you weren't to make it to the Valhalla Final, no worries, you'll have the Round 2 in As-, Mith- or Utgarthr.
Notice: The time limit for registering for the Championship Tournament is September 14th 24:00 Danish time.

Tafl against humans.
Тавлеи против людей.

Artist: Copyright © Rasmus Holbroe (Jan. 2016).
There is an invitation for a game of Hnefatafl.
Opponent: Hagbard, Copenhagen, Danmark
Tafl against the computer;
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Comment from Damian Walker's site:


We are planning a memerioal Tournament for the late Peter Kelly who was the architect in developing the Fetlar Rules. Provsionally set for 21st October at Fetlar hall. There will be both Junior and Senior catgories as well as a Junior v senior champoin match. Finals will be played using real vikings from Shetland Up Helly Aa squads as pieces ! You can keep up to date on the latest information about the tournament at

The rules used will of course be the Fetlar rules using the speed Hnefatafl format that Peter also developed, where players have to move before the strike of a gong struck at quite short intervals !

We would love to see anyone who can make it.

Robert Thomson - 13:50, 10/08/2017

Updated information about the Hull Hnefatafl tournament 17th June 2017:
Hull's First Hnefatafl Tournament Has a Winner!

Hull 2017 Matches All On-line.
Congratulations to David Lonsdale ("Animals"), Peterborough, UK.
Replay the games here (tournament 84).

Logo: Adam Bartley.

World Tafl Federation on facebook.

Notice the collection of photos on the Facebook site.

Congratulations to English National Champion 2017, David Lonsdale ("Animals"), Peterborough, UK.
Junior: Oliver Wilson, UK.

(West Stow April 16th 2017)
viking European Hnefatafl Championship tournament 2017.
The Beowulf Trophy match

For tafl players not living in North- and South-America.

The tournament starts March 1st 2017.

Rules: Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11.
There will be one round, all against all.

12 registered participants by February 28th:
xerxes, OdinHimself, Steiger, sqAree, AreVidar, animals, Marcin, Hagbard, Thanir, Kratzer, Anto2016, tankred

(Finally there will be an America-against-Europe tournament among the nine top players from each side, the Ragnarökr Trophy match.
European team for the final:
1 Odinhimself, 2 Animals, 3 Sqaree, 4 Hagbard, 5 Steiger, 6 Kratzer, 7 Thanir, 8 Xerxes, 9 Arevidar


Congratulations to European International Master 2017, Lucho Panchev ("OdinHimself"), Kyustendil, Bulgaria!
viking American Hnefatafl Championship tournament 2017.
The Vinland Trophy match
(hat tip: Steve Lonsdale)
For tafl players living in North- and South-America.

The tournament starts February 1st 2017.

Rules: Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11.
There will be one round, all against all.

10 registered participants by January 31st:
altti, Fairland, theexplorer135, bigwurm91, Waegn, Casshern, Fraech, imaxuncut, Brench, Tuireann

(March 1st there'll likewise be a European tournament including all tafl players outside North- and South-America, and finally an America-against-Europe tournament among the nine top players from each side, the Ragnarökr Trophy match.
American team for the final:
1 Altti, 2 Casshern, 3 Fraech, 4 Bigwurm91, 5 Brench, 6 Tuireann, 7 Fairland, 8 Waegn, 9 Imaxuncut


Congratulations to American International Master 2017, Altti Piirsoo ("Altti"), New York, USA!

Hnefatafl is also known by the names Nefatavl, The King's Table, The Viking Game, Viking Chess, Tablut or simply Tafl.
History of this site.
Comments on Hnefatafl.
The origin of the Viking board game Hnefatafl and the Berserk rules.
Links to more information on the Viking board game Hnefatafl.

Viking word of wisdom: The Hávamál.

Можно здесь играть в тавлеи и против компъютер и против людей. Можно использовать кириллицы.

Many thanks to Gary and Christa (Germany), Ludovic Antoine, Nikolas Lloyd, Sten Helmfrid, Olga Mudrichenko, Dmitrij Polovinkin, John C. Ashton, Tim Millar, Adam Barkley, Nicolas Cartier, Gregory Binns, Fabio Capello, Rene Gralla, Damian Walker and Olli Salmi for their contribution to this site. And not least the more than 400 players the world over who played here more than 15000 real tafl games humans against humans and thus created a vast, practical experience with this intriguing, historical board game.

Updated 17.8.2017
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