Sutton Hoo Championship in its Third Year
Saturday, 1st August 2015
Next weekend, on the 8th and 9th of August, the English National Hnefatafl Championship will be held at Sutton Hoo for the third time. This will be the first such event to use the Copenhagen Hnefatafl rules. Entry to the competition is free, but there is an entrance fee for Sutton Hoo itself.
The championship was started in 2013 by the Ealdfaeder re-enactment group after the success of the World Quickplay Hnefatafl Championship in Fetlar. The Fetlar competition ran from 2008 to 2013, using rules specially devised for the event by the late Peter Kelly.
Initially running with the Fetlar rules, the championship at Sutton Hoo will switch this year to the Copenhagen Hnefatafl rules. These were created in about 2011, building on Fetlar Hnefatafl, adding some extra rules to reduce draws and maintain balanced play. They are often used in on-line championships.
This year the competition is organised jointly between Ealdfaeder and the World Tafl Federation, with the Federation chair Tim Millar acting as umpire. More details about the competition are available from the Ealdfaeder web site: http://www.ealdfaeder.org/v03/hnefatafl.html.