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Measured tafl game lengths.

Tafl variant All games
moves
White won
moves
Black won
moves
Ratio
Simple Tafl 5x5 15 13 16 1.2
Brandubh 7x7 (Walker) 22 21 23 1.1
Market Hnefatafl 9x9 32 30 34 1.1
Sea battle-2526 9x9 36 29 42 1.5
Historical Hnefatafl 9x9 (Saami Tablut-w) 38 36 40 1.1
Daldøs 3x12 40 40 41 1.0
Saami Sáhkku 3x15 (Kåfjord) 43 45 42 1.1
Daldøs 3x16 43 42 44 1.0
Simple Tafl 11x11 45 37 51 1.4
Historical Hnefatafl 11x11 (Welsh Tawlbwrdd-w) 47 42 51 1.2
Daldøs 3x14 48 48 48 1.0
Sea battle tafl 11x11 49 40 54 1.4
Tyr 11x11 52 41 61 1.5
Sea battle tafl 13x13 (Nielsen) 52 43 62 1.4
Sea battle tafl 13x13 56 42 68 1.6
Historical Hnefatafl 13x13 58 48 66 1.4
Total Hnefatafl 11x11 59 47 74 1.6
Frisian Dablo 11x9 64 64 65 1.0
Berserk 11x11 64 50 77 1.5
Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 64 49 79 1.6
Historical Hnefatafl 13x13 (modif. Parlett 2) 64 44 78 1.8
Sea battle tafl 15x15 67 49 82 1.7
Tyr 15x15 76 62 88 1.4
Saami Daabloe 11x9 81 80 82 1.0
Alea Berserk 19x19 (Bartley) 85 74 100 1.4

The table shows for each game variant the quadratic average of the number of moves for all games, for games alone where defenders (white) won and games alone where attackers (black) won.

Some of the variants come out very steady, in that it almost doesn't matter to the gamelength whether white or black wins.
Such variants are suited for use of a chess clock.


Updated 9.3.2024
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