Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

Regional Tournament for North-west England

Tournament display board from Formby
Tournament display board from Formby
Photograph by Tony Higginson, used with permission.

Monday, 18th August 2014

A regional hnefatafl championship has been organised for North-west England. Tony Higginson, a hnefatafl enthusiast who runs a book shop in Formby, has announced the tournament to be held on 4th October 2014. Though it is a regional tournament, entry is open to all, and the Fornebei rules will be used.

Due to the efforts of Tony and other Formby locals, hnefatafl has become very popular there, making this town of 25,000 people a notable centre of hnefatafl activity in England. Regular hnefatafl game nights are held in the town, and the group have developed their own hnefatafl rules, the Fornebei rules, as well as a hnefatafl-derived game called Nuts.

The Fornebei rules, taking the town's historic name, are played on an 11x11 board with 37 pieces. The king is armed and can help to capture attackers, but must reach a corner of the board in order to win the game.

The tournament is scheduled to be held in Formby on 4th October, starting at 11:00 a.m. and continuing till 3:00 p.m. The exact venue should be advertised closer to the event.


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