Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

Tromsø Hnefatafl Tournament Date Confirmed

Hnefatafl at Tromsø
Hnefatafl at Tromsø
Photograph by Frank Pohl

Wednesday, 30th October 2013

7th August 2014 has been confirmed for a Hnefatafl tournament to be held during the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø. It will be a one-day tournament conforming to the rules of rapid chess. The tournament will be organised by German Tromsø resident Frank Prohl.

Dr. René Gralla, a journalist based in Hamburg and a fan of hnefatafl, has campaigned for a hnefatafl event at the Chess Olympiad, and the Olympiad's organising committee agree to his proposal. The date of the tournament, a Thursday, is the first "free day" of the Olympiad, when chess matches will not be taking place.

The hnefatafl tournament's organiser, Frank Pohl, is a German national living in Tromsø, and is the founder of the first club of Hnefatafl north of the Polar Circle; that Tromsø-based club is called "The Tromsø Tafl Laug". The German daily "neues deutschland" has published an interview with Frank Prohl ( - in German).

This site will have more information about the tournament as and when it becomes available, and there will be a reminder nearer the time.


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