Sea Battle 9x9 board
Sea Battle board,

Summary on the Sea Battle Tafl.

1732 Carl von Linné, Sweden, wrote down in his Lapland excursion diary the rules of the Saami tafl game Tablut.

1811 James Edward Smith, UK, translated the Latin parts of the Linné diary, like the Tablut rules, into English.
The Smith translation introduced some errors, which are in contradiction with the Linné description:

1855 Jaques of London, UK, produced the commercial game Imperial Contest, based on the Smith translation. It's identical to our Sea Battle 9x9, except that the king's moves are limited to four squares at once. (Hat tip Damian Walker.)

1913 H. J. R. Murray, UK, identified the game described by Linné to be Hnefatafl, based on the Smith translation.

(This pathway is well described by John C. Ashton, Chicago, USA.)

1980 David Brown, UK, made a reconstruction including the errors of the aforementioned works:

The king wins on the edge. And David Brown increased the board size into 11x11.
Though based on some early translational errors, David Brown obviously did his home work and tested his reconstructed rules thoroughly, because our test tournament found a game balance of 11 defenders' wins per 10 attackers' wins.
See more here.

September 2011 Adam Bartley, Norway, proposed a Sea Battle Tafl, which is a simplified version of David Brown:

This game works and is well suited for teaching of beginners - we measured a game balance of 100 defenders' wins per 100 attackers' wins.

November 2012 Aage Nielsen (Denmark) drew the dragonship pieces for online Sea Battle tafl.
Sea Battle 9x9 board

See the Sea Battle Tafl rules here.

More about the Sea Battle tafl in our forum.
Test tournament.
Updated 14.2.2024
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