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by Hagbard
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Strategy
Topic: Compiling a list of openings
Replies: 35
Views: 5780

Re: Compiling a list of openings

Hagbard wrote:In a few weeks I'll set up a test tournament, asking players to start with the cluster 17 two moves.
A test tournament of the Copenhagen Brench cluster 17 was done with 5 players, 20 games.
Brench predicted 83% white wins, and the test came very close to that: 75% white wins!
by Hagbard
Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Help
Topic: How to play against humans online
Replies: 2
Views: 1101

Re: How to play against humans online

Are there any alternative browsers for java and the applet. The Java tafl applet on this site was written in 2002. At that time the general wisdom in Denmark was that Hnefatafl was "Skalk Hnefatafl" 11x11 and 9x9. So these are what the applet does, and later extended with "Old Hnefatafl 11x11". Now...
by Hagbard
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Sea Battle Tafl
Replies: 36
Views: 13231

Re: Sea Battle Tafl

15.4.2017 Damian Walker wrote a post about Dardell Hnefatafl from 1987: http://tafl.cyningstan.com/post/1796/dardell-games-hnefatafl http://aagenielsen.dk/Rare-Collectable-Wooden-Boxed-Hnefatafl-The-Viking-_57.jpg The Dardell game is identical to our Sea Battle tafl 11x11 except for two small detail...
by Hagbard
Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Scottish Ard Ri 7x7
Replies: 2
Views: 2149

Re: Scottish Ard Ri 7x7

Various Ard Ri configurations were tested, and the Ard Ri throneless 7x7, which is mentioned above, was found to be still the best balanced. Yet one strong player, casshern, was able to win all his games, both as black and white, in the Ard Ri-1 7x7 test tournament (board with throne, king moves onl...
by Hagbard
Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Alea Evangelii 19x19
Replies: 42
Views: 16883

Re: Alea Evangelii 19x19

Adam wrote:some images where Ive overlayed tafl boards onto a viking trelleborg.
For information: 2014 a fifth Viking ring castle was found in Denmark. The Viking ring castles are a Danish speciality and will perhaps some day be included as Unesco world heritage.
by Hagbard
Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: Unst versions
Replies: 1
Views: 800

Unst versions

The Shetland island Unst is attributed a couple of unusual rules and tafl variants. King hammer only. The rule of the king capturing as hammer only and not as anvil, is actually one of the options mentioned by David Brown. ( http://aagenielsen.dk/hnefataflforum/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10#p17 ) Pi...
by Hagbard
Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Puzzles
Topic: Puzzle 8
Replies: 2
Views: 991

Puzzle 8

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Copenhagen Hnefatafl. White wins in 6 moves. How?
by Hagbard
Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Strategy
Topic: Compiling a list of openings
Replies: 35
Views: 5780

Re: Compiling a list of openings

That cluster is intruiging, although it's only 23 games. A shift of just 5 games converts that into a 60% chance, which is more in line with the overall game balance. It would be interesting to have several masters play a tournament each other *starting from that configuration* to see if any new re...
by Hagbard
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Strategy
Topic: Compiling a list of openings
Replies: 35
Views: 5780

Re: Compiling a list of openings

I just put together the full document for responses to h1-h3 and mailed it to you and there are many options available to white which preserve white's advantage. There are many others that do not. If white makes the wrong move here the outcome could be disastrous. Thanks! The file is here: http://a...
by Hagbard
Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Strategy
Topic: Compiling a list of openings
Replies: 35
Views: 5780

Re: Compiling a list of openings

Here's a sample of the first two moves assuming we have started with h1-h3 (or an equivalent move). Can this be concluded so far: ? We know from statistics that it's harder for black to win. Best black opening move gives black a chance of 43%. Other openings are available but more challenging, chan...