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Champions.
Dróttar (Grandmasters).
Jarlar.
Hersirar.
Víkingar.
Karlar.
Thousanders.
National Champions.
Overall Best latest year.

World Tafl Federation Champions.

World Tafl Federation Hnefatafl Championship tournament 2023.
Congratulations to World Tafl Federation Champion 2023:
Plamen Draganov ("Draganov"), Sofia, Bulgaria!

Year World Champion Rules Place, Organizer, Participants
2008 Wendy Sutherland, Yorkshire, UK Quickplay Fetlar Hnefatafl 11x11 Fetlar island, UK
Fetlar Hnefatafl Panel
20 adults & juniors
2009 Tim Millar ("Crust"), Somerset, UK
Junior: Sam Clark, UK
Quickplay Fetlar Hnefatafl 11x11 Fetlar island, UK
Fetlar Hnefatafl Panel
15 adults & juniors
2010 Tim Millar ("Crust"), Somerset, UK
Junior: Dean Thomason, UK
Quickplay Fetlar Hnefatafl 11x11 Fetlar island, UK
Fetlar Hnefatafl Panel
2011 Tim Millar ("Crust"), Somerset, UK Fetlar Hnefatafl 11x11 aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
8 adults
2012 Tim Millar ("Crust"), Somerset, UK Fetlar Hnefatafl 11x11 aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
13 adults
2013 Amanda Caukwell, Fetlar, Shetland, UK
Junior: Ramsay Beattie and Duncan Burgess, UK
Quickplay Fetlar Hnefatafl 11x11 Fetlar island, UK
Fetlar Hnefatafl Panel
4 adults and 10 juniors
(Arne Roland ("Nath"), Berlin, Germany) Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
13 adults
2014 John Doe ("Schachus" unknown name), Berlin, Germany Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
23 adults
2015 Adam Bartley ("Adam"), Tønsberg, Norway Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
19 adults
2016 Leo Kolassa ("Herjan"), Formby, UK Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
29 adults
2017 Alexandre Bour ("Plantagenet"), Châlons-en-Champagne, FR. Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
29 adults
2018 Mario Aluizo ("casshern"), Los Angeles, USA Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
26 adults
2019 Mario Aluizo ("casshern"), Los Angeles, USA Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
25 adults
2020 Mario Aluizo ("casshern"), Los Angeles, USA
Hist.Hnef.: Ditto
Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11
Historical Hnefatafl 9x9 (Saami Tablut)
aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
34 adults
2021 Plamen Draganov ("Draganov"), Sofia, Bulgaria
Hist.Hnef.: Ditto
Sáhkku: Bogdan Varbanov ("Bogd Khan"), Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11
Historical Hnefatafl 11x11 (Welsh Tawlbwrdd)
Saami Sáhkku 3x15 (Kåfjord)
aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
30 adults
2022 Mario Aluizo ("casshern"), Los Angeles, USA
Hist.Hnef.: Ditto
Sea Battle: Ditto
Race Games: Plamen Draganov ("Draganov"), Sofia, Bulgaria.
Race Games performance rating #1: Steve Lonsdale ("xerxes"), Peterborough, UK.
Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11
Tablut 9x9 & Tawlbwrdd 11x11
Sea Battle 9x9 & 11x11
Daldos 12 & Sáhkku
aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
33 adults
2023 Plamen Draganov ("Draganov"), Sofia, Bulgaria.
Hist.Hnef.: Mario Aluizo ("casshern"), Los Angeles, USA.
Sea Battle: Plamen Draganov ("Draganov"), Sofia, Bulgaria.
Race Games: Mike Coveny ("holidayinnes"), Ottawa, Canada.
Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11
Hist.Hnef. 9x9 & 11x11
Sea Battle 9x9 & 11x11
Daldos 14 & Sáhkku
aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
36 adults
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Artist Theresa New from New Scatness Carvings, Scatness, Shetland Isles, created these boards for winners of the Fetlar tournament.
Fetlar 2008, first event.
Peter Kelly, Wendy Sutherland, Amanda Caukwell, Tim Millar ("crust") and Dean Thomason on the island Fetlar.
Tim and Adam Bartley ("Adam"), Arne Roland ("Nath"), Leo Kolassa ("Herjan"), Plamen Draganov ("Draganov").
WTF Champ. Tourn. 2011.     WTF Champ. Tourn. 2012.     WTF Champ. Tourn. 2013.     WTF Champ. Tourn. 2014.     WTF Champ. Tourn. 2015.     WTF Champ. Tourn. 2016.     WTF Champ. Tourn. 2017.     WTF Champ. Tourn. 2018.     WTF Champ. Tourn. 2019.     WTF Champ. Tourn. 2020.     WTF Champ. Tourn. 2021.     WTF Champ. Tourn. 2022.     WTF Champ. Tourn. 2023.    

Dróttar (GM Grandmasters).

GM Max. rating
Mario Aluizo ("casshern"), Los Angeles, USA (World) 2313
Plamen Draganov ("Draganov"), Sofia, Bulgaria (W) 2124
(the Fetlar Hnefatafl Panel 2008 used to define all world champions as grandmasters.)
(drótt = king)

Jarlar (IM International Masters).

IM Max. rating
Neil Austin ("Irish Raven"), Bilbao, Spain 2034
Lucho Panchev ("OdinHimself"), Kyustendil, Bulgaria 2032
"Alex Hnefatafl", Samara, Russia 2030
"jilles", Netherlands 2014
John Doe ("Schachus" unknown name), Berlin, Germany (W) 2007
Alexandre Bour ("Plantagenet"), Châlons-en-Champagne, FR (W) 1995
Tim Millar ("crust"), Somerset, UK (W) 1965
Arne Roland ("Nath"), Berlin, Germany (W) 1953
Leo Kolassa ("Herjan"), Formby, UK (W) 1947
Adam Bartley ("Adam"), Tønsberg, Norway (W) 1903
(jarl = earl)

Hersirar (FM Federation Masters).

FM Max. rating
"cacreal", Ottawa, Canada 1948
"garun19", Ottawa, Canada 1888
Dmitrij Tsvilenev ("Dimetr"), Moskva, Gardariki 1880
Hamish Lawson ("ChaolAibhne"), St Andrews, Scotland 1878
"Boucher228", Tiraspol', Moldova 1834
Mike Coveny ("holidayinnes"), Ottawa, Canada 1830
Daniel Kress ("Colophonius"), Frankfurt, Germany 1807
"Potapych", Soroki, Moldova 1807
Historical entries: Ded Fomich 1973, Mmagari 1965, Bogd Khan 1947, Khan Asparukh 1901, Sigurd 1894, Altti 1893, Arne64 1858, Hnefihunter 1817
(hersir = army commander)

Víkingar (CM Candidate Masters).

CM Max. rating
Paul A. Anokhin ("paul7"), Belgrade, Serbia 1784
Aage Nielsen ("Hagbard"), Copenhagen, Danmark 1757
Alexander Steiger Dis ("Steiger"), Gorlovka, Donbass 1754
"Cromwell", Bonn 1736
Tim Bullen ("docbullen"), Formby, UK 1720
"floki", Marseille, France 1718
Delray Curtis, ("Jrton80"), Kearneysville, WV, USA 1681
Tony Higginson ("tonythebook"), Formby, Merseyside, UK 1657
Mikkel Berg-Nordlie ("mihkkal"), Sápmi / Norway 1655
"pc.a59xy" 1654
Steve Lonsdale ("xerxes"), Peterborough, UK 1653
"Skye", Netherlands 1602
Historical entries: jarcin 1779, sqAree 1778, Duhawk93 1777, L716 1772, Animals 1762, Pie96 1751, SebastianMucke 1750, Agmundr 1747, Jurgenson 1740, Pavel Dusenko 1731, Abbas Agraphicus 1726, Rollo 1725, jules 1711, Tuireann 1696, Rook 1692, Ytreza 1691, Oddur 1678, Weatherwax 1670, Bigwurm91 1644, Conanlib 1642, Thanir 1634, unhandyandy 1621, Epoc 1621, Branan 1601
(víkingr = elite warrior)

Karlar (AM Arena Masters).

AM Max. rating
"Luizz", Munich, Germany 1554
Marian Luck ("themightyglider"), Thuringia, Germany 1544
"arcrue", Sered, Slovakia 1523
"brave-frog", Kharkiv, Ukraine 1497
"rosk", R-n-D, Russia 1494
Fabrice Barbier ("Fraech"), Bruxelles, Belgium 1459
Luk Martens ("Masterluke"), Sint-Niklaas, Belgium 1457
Nikolai Hristov ("Nikolai Hristov"), Sofia, Bulgaria 1451
"Tengrikut", Jengish Chokusu 1426
Historical entries: Marcin 1596, Trygve 1591, Archibald K. 1587, Epm180 1583, Unterwichtel 1573, Red-ron 1566, Helfrich 1551, Juergen 1540, Brench 1538, Arevidar 1534, Hok 1526, Pedro 1523, Harry64 1517, thebigfoot 1499, Gungnir 1490, Cyningstan 1479, Teondrae 1469, chuck ward 1468, Sybil 1430, Vonraider 1430, kAAgEE 1410, Wesley Alves 1409
(karl = fierce fighter)

Honorary Hnefatafl Masters.

Peter Kelly, Shetland island Fetlar, UK. (1939-2014).
Founder of the Fetlar Hnefatafl Panel.
Organiser of the first Hnefatafl World Championships 2008-2010 on Fetlar.
Radio interview with Peter Kelly, The World Aug. 18th 2008.

Tim Millar ("Crust"), Somerset, UK.
Organised the World Tafl Federation.
Key person on many real world Hnefatafl events at markets etc. in UK.
Contributor to the creating of the "Copenhagen" variant.
(Millar won the Fetlar tournaments 2009-10. Fetlar is a small island, and the guests had to bring tents and stay on a camping site. The night before the tournament was strong wind, and Millar reported that all night sounded as a flock of pidgins flapping around in the tent. - Yet still, next day Millar went to win the tournament - ).

Adam Bartley ("Adam"), Tønsberg, Norway.
Key person on many real world Hnefatafl events at markets in Norway.
From the start a diligent initiator of philosophical discussions about the nature of the Hnefatafl game.
Contributor to the creating of the "Copenhagen" variant.
Created the Sea Battle Tafl.
Hnefatafl lecture at the University of South-Eastern Norway.

Aage Nielsen ("Hagbard"), Copenhagen, Denmark.
Building and running the Play Hnefatafl Online website since 1998.
Organiser of the Hnefatafl World Championships since 2011 on the internet.
Contributor to the creating of the "Copenhagen" variant.
Identified the Historical Hnefatafl variant.
Created the Berserk Hnefatafl.
Brought Hnefatafl to a number of real world board game days and markets in Denmark.

Luk Martens ("Masterluke"), Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.
Created and drew the many wonderful game pieces sets, which do wonders for the game experience on the internet.
Created the Tyr Tafl.

Most Tournaments Won latest year.

Plamen Draganov ("Draganov"), Sofia, Bulgaria.
#2 Holidayinnes, #3 Potapych

Most Active Player latest year.

"brave-frog", Kharkiv, Ukraine.
#2 Tonythebook, #3 Draganov

Player of the year 2023.

"brave-frog", Kharkiv, Ukraine.
#2 Potapych

Longest time players on this site:

Since
2012 Fraech
2014 Xerxes
2014 Tonythebook

Thousanders (1000 tafl games).

Thousander No. of games
Delray Curtis ("jrton80"), Kearneysville, WV 5738
Mike Coveny ("holidayinnes"), Ottawa, Canada 4664
Aage Nielsen ("Hagbard"), Copenhagen, Danmark 4275
Plamen Draganov ("Draganov"), Sofia, Bulgaria 4033
Steve Lonsdale ("xerxes"), Peterborough, UK 3494
Tim Millar ("Crust"), Somerset, UK 3127
Tony Higginson ("tonythebook"), Formby, Merseyside, UK 2725
"brave-frog", Kharkiv, Ukraine 2669
"rosk", R-n-D, Russia 2668
Luk Martens ("Masterluke"), Sint-Niklaas, Belgium 2649
"Alex Hnefatafl", Samara, Russia 2276
"cacreal", Ottawa, Canada 2265
"Potapych", Soroki, Moldova 1926
Daniel Kress ("Colophonius"), Frankfurt, Germany 1812
Mario Aluizo ("casshern"), Los Angeles, USA 1589
Adam Bartley ("Adam"), Tønsberg, Norway. 1572
Hamish Lawson ("ChaolAibhne"), St Andrews, Scotland 1569
Fabrice Barbier ("Fraech"), Bruxelles, Belgium 1478
"jilles", Netherlands 1379
Tim Bullen ("docbullen"), Formby, UK 1311
"floki", Marseille, France 1238
Alexander Steiger Dis ("Steiger"), Gorlovka, Donbass 1031
Historical entries: mmagari 1618, Agmundr 1502, L716 1313, Altti 1209, Bogd Khan 1106, Fairland 1014

National tournaments.

helmet
Helmet from Sutton Hoo, UK. Photo: British Museum.
Year, Country Winner Rules Organizer
2013 UK National Champion Pete Jennings, UK Fetlar Hnefatafl 11x11 Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, UK
World Tafl Federation
2014 UK National Champion Tim Bullen ("docbullen"), Formby, UK Fetlar Hnefatafl 11x11 Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, UK
World Tafl Federation
2014 UK Winner of Thor's Hammer Tim Millar ("crust"), Somerset, UK Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 Formby, UK
Formby Viking and Medieval Market
2015 UK National Champion Pete Jennings, UK
Junior: Oliver Wilson, UK
Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, UK
World Tafl Federation
2015 USA National Champion Altti Piirsoo ("Altti"), New York, USA Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
2015 UK Winner of Thor's Hammer Tim Millar ("crust"), Somerset, UK Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 Formby, UK
Formby Viking and Medieval Market
2016 UK National Champion Steve Lonsdale ("xerxes"), Peterborough, UK
Junior: Oliver Wilson, UK
Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, UK
World Tafl Federation
2016 UK Winner of Thor's Hammer Leo Kolassa ("herjan"), Formby, UK ? Formby, UK
Formby Viking and Medieval Market
2016 UK Asgardian Hnefatafl Champion Steve Moss ("Sveinn Skovgaard"), UK Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 Leicestershire, UK
Asgardian Festival
2017 UK National Champion David Lonsdale ("Animals"), Peterborough, UK
Junior: Oliver Wilson, UK
Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 West Stow, Suffolk, UK
West Stow
2017 UK Winner of Hull tournament David Lonsdale ("Animals"), Peterborough, UK Historical Hnefatafl 9x9 (Saami Tablut) Kingston upon Hull, UK
Damian Walker, UK
2017 Europe National Champion Lucho Panchev ("OdinHimself"), Kyustendil, Bulgaria Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
2017 America National Champion Altti Piirsoo ("Altti"), New York, USA Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
2020 UK National Champion David Lonsdale ("Animals"), Peterborough, UK Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
2020 "Gàrðaríki" National Champion Alexander V. Fomichëv ("Ded Fomich"), Moscow, Russia Historical Hnefatafl 9x9 (Saami Tablut) aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
2020 North America National Champion "cacreal", Ottawa, Canada Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
2020 Norden National Champion Aage Nielsen ("Hagbard"), Copenhagen, Danmark Historical Hnefatafl 9x9 (Saami Tablut) aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
2020 Germany National Champion Konstantin Jaehne ("sqAree"), Berlin, Germany Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
2021 Russia Moscow Champion Dmitrij Tsvilenev ("Dimetr"), Russia Historical Hnefatafl 9x9 (Saami Tablut) Ethnic Board Games, Moscow
2022 Russia National Champion Igor Sviridov ("Ingvar"), Russia Copenhagen Hnefatafl 11x11 Lariks, Moscow
2023 Russia National Champion Bogdan Kholmogorov, Russia Historical Hnefatafl 9x9 (Saami Tablut-w) Lariks, Moscow
2023 USA National Champion Mario Aluizo ("casshern"), Los Angeles, USA all tafls aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
2023 Canada National Champion "cacreal", Ottawa, Canada all tafls aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
2023 UK National Champion Hamish Lawson ("ChaolAibhne"), St Andrews, Scotland all tafls aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
2023 Scandinavia National Champion Mikkel Berg-Nordlie ("mihkkal"), Sápmi / Norway all tafls aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
2023 Benelux National Champion "jilles", Netherlands all tafls aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
2023 Germany National Champion Daniel Kress ("Colophonius"), Frankfurt, Germany all tafls aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
2023 Latin and Basque countries National Champion Neil Austin ("Irish Raven"), Bilbao, Spain all tafls aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
2023 Central Europe National Champion Plamen Draganov ("Draganov"), Sofia, Bulgaria all tafls aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
2023 Russia National Champion "Alex Hnefatafl", Samara, Russia all tafls aagenielsen.dk
World Tafl Federation
2024 Russia National Champion Dmitrij Tsvilenev ("Dimetr"), Russia Tawlbwrdd Lewis cross-w 11x11 Lariks, Moscow
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Pete Jennings, Tim Bullen ("docbullen"), Steve Lonsdale ("xerxes"), Steve Moss, David Lonsdale ("Animals"), Mikkel Berg-Nordlie ("mihkkal"), Lucho Panchev ("OdinHimself"), Alexander V. Fomichëv ("Ded Fomich"), Igor Sviridov ("Ingvar"), Bogdan Kholmogorov, Dmitrij Tsvilenev ("Dimetr"), Luk Martens ("Masterluke").
WTF Nat. Tourn. 2020.     WTF Nat. Tourn. 2023.    

Overall Best latest year.

Strong Weak Sea Others Sum
1 Draganov 1 1 1 3 6
2 Alex Hnefatafl 2 2 2 4 10
3 Jilles 4 3 3 1 11
4 Holidayinnes 3 4 3 2 12

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