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by Draganov
Fri Mar 22, 2024 10:42 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Hnefatafl Internet Championship
Replies: 138
Views: 261895

Re: Hnefatafl Internet Championship

I might be wrong but I think there were games in which the time buffer was reduced and to less than 1 hour and then the time increment was about 2 hours. I think the minimum amount of time increment should be 6 or even 8 hours despite how much time is left in the player's time buffer.
by Draganov
Fri Mar 22, 2024 12:19 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Hnefatafl Internet Championship
Replies: 138
Views: 261895

Re: Hnefatafl Internet Championship

Here is my evaluation on the last World Championship and some proposals for improvements. 1) Additional criteria: Last year I won because of the game length (I won against Alex Hnefatafl in less moves than he won against me). However, this criteria seems too thin in my opinion. Here is my proposal f...
by Draganov
Mon Feb 19, 2024 5:20 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Modern canonical Tafl variants
Replies: 5
Views: 397

Re: Modern canonical Tafl variants

Well, regarding Historical Hnefatafl 7x7 (Irish Brandubh 2) I think that all of the players who regularly play on 7x7 board will agree that this variant is the most interesting, deep and well-balanced. Walker and Scottish Ard-Ri are not so well-tested and from my personal experience they are more st...
by Draganov
Sat Feb 17, 2024 11:05 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Modern canonical Tafl variants
Replies: 5
Views: 397

Re: Modern canonical Tafl variants

In my opinion it is good to start supporting no more than 3 maximum 5 variants in the beginning. At first, we need to teach new playes how to play tafl and some well-known, well-balanced and easy to learn variants should work best. I think there are three board sizes which are good (7x7, 9x9 and 11x...
by Draganov
Tue Aug 29, 2023 4:05 pm
Forum: Strategy
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl tactics
Replies: 8
Views: 5826

Re: Copenhagen Hnefatafl tactics

In the previous post I mentioned the 'Flock formation'. It could be very useful for blacks to slowen whites attack and to build a defensive line between the king and a corner or between the king and his warriors isolating either the king or the warriors depending on the goal. Let's see some examples...
by Draganov
Tue Aug 29, 2023 2:52 pm
Forum: Strategy
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl tactics
Replies: 8
Views: 5826

Re: Copenhagen Hnefatafl tactics

In one of the previous posts we saw how Jrton80 implemented a structure similar to a fort but used it as a defensive tool. Let's see more of this technique. On the image below Floki (whites) managed to create a strong attack to the bottom left corner. However, Draganov (blacks) answered it with some...
by Draganov
Tue Aug 29, 2023 10:01 am
Forum: Strategy
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl tactics
Replies: 8
Views: 5826

Re: Copenhagen Hnefatafl tactics

After couple of moves, the game reached a position in which the blacks (Alex Hnefatafl) used 'the Tower' defence to trap the king on the edge. This game is a true masterpiece showing great understanding of two defencive techniques- 'the Tower' and 'Defence line'.
The Tower used to trap the king
The Tower used to trap the king
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by Draganov
Tue Aug 29, 2023 9:53 am
Forum: Strategy
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl tactics
Replies: 8
Views: 5826

Re: Copenhagen Hnefatafl tactics

Let's examine another blocking technique that could be used by the blacks to defend the corners. I call it 'Defence Line'. It consists of at least two vikings placed next to each other in a line and blocking the movement of the opponent's viking or king. Look at the examples below that were taken fr...
by Draganov
Tue Aug 29, 2023 9:02 am
Forum: Strategy
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl tactics
Replies: 8
Views: 5826

Re: Copenhagen Hnefatafl tactics

Let's see another black's tactics to block the king on the edge of the board. In some situations the white king will come really close to the corner but will be left without support from his warriors. Then, the blacks have the opportunity to trap him on the edge and after that they can focus on kill...
by Draganov
Mon Aug 28, 2023 5:25 pm
Forum: Strategy
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl tactics
Replies: 8
Views: 5826

Re: Copenhagen Hnefatafl tactics

Sometimes blacks will not be able to block the corner with a barricade but could create difficulties to the white king to reach the corner. A useful defensive formation is called "The Tower". It consists of 4 vikings arranged in a square like it is shown in the image below: 6.png In this position wh...