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by Hagbard
Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 20339

Re: Copenhagen Hnefatafl

I hear what you are saying about the edge fort being an end game fort. You are quite right, its a last ditch effort for white, it can require fewest men, and as you say white needs black to have developed away from the edges to makes a shot at it. Even so, with it being potentially a winning positi...
by Hagbard
Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:26 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 20339

Re: Copenhagen Hnefatafl

I learned it all from Richard P. Feynschmecker and his excellent books Six Easy Pieces and Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynschmecker Thanks, I must read those; the encyclopedia says the author has a great sense of humor. At one time I attended a course of lectures on quantum physics, and it was the m...
by Hagbard
Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 20339

Re: About the draw concept

The edge fort is so rare, found in only 1 out of 383 games in the games archive, that it doesn't make much difference whether this is counted as a white win or a draw. So in that sense a win-rule is superfluous. It could however in the rare cases distinguish the real master, who thus has the option ...
by Hagbard
Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:24 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 20339

Re: Copenhagen Hnefatafl

I am up for testing the copenhagen interpretation, where the king can appear to both win and draw simultaneously. It sounds like a lot of fun. Before we know it we'll have sappers quantum tunneling through the draw fort walls. We have Hnefatafl players very well informed in quantum physics here! My...
by Hagbard
Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:20 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 20339

Re: Copenhagen Hnefatafl

Not to forget that there is the very simple alternative solution to the "early draw problem" that white always looses if he doesn't win, so that any game where white doesn't reach a corner is a white loss (one of the suggestions by conanlibrarian above). Not that it would change the balance radicall...
by Hagbard
Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:05 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 20339

Re: Copenhagen Hnefatafl

The proposed rule that the King must leave the throne and may not return would not make any difference - white would still have an early draw. The throne modification idea is off; I think that crust's 5-moves Double Monstrosity game example is a fine proof of that. How do you like "Copenhagen Hnefa...
by Hagbard
Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:44 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 20339

Re: Copenhagen Hnefatafl

http://aagenielsen.dk/centerfort.png The center fort in the diagram is quite easy to do against the computer. Since white built the fort immediately without any fighting, it's also easy for black to completely encircle the construction as no black pieces are lost. If the real goal in the game for t...
by Hagbard
Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:42 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 20339

Re: About the draw concept

I'm sorry, crust, it looks like the reasoning above was a bit too fast. I did some test games as white against the computer and was able to lure it with a Monstreus center fort without re-entering the throne, i.e. I built the center fort first thing start of the game, using many moves and all 12 whi...
by Hagbard
Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Copenhagen Hnefatafl
Replies: 146
Views: 20339

Re: About the draw concept

I have had a number of cracking games cut short over on dragonsheels. I've adjusted my play to work harder at preventing draws, but the point is that if black plays a strong opening game white scurries back into his hole without making a serious attempt at escaping. This leads to black having to ov...
by Hagbard
Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:47 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: hnefatafl and the quest for balance
Replies: 32
Views: 4776

Re: hnefatafl and the quest for balance

(20 Aug 2011) Hi Adam, here's a first contribution from me. I've analized 54 shetland-fetlar-games from Aage's Homepage (including the tournament games) to find out if this variant is well balanced. Result: The shetland variant is indeed surprisingly well-balanced. We've got 39% wins for black, 17%...