Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

Hull 2017 Round 3: Downie vs. Alty

Downie vs. Alty 2017 (round 3)
Downie vs. Alty 2017 (round 3)

Steven Downie vs. Kevin Alty, Hull, 17th June 2017.

This short match exhibits the classic trap of an open row, which gave victory for the king. If the king can reach a rank or file that is otherwise completely empty, and is not in a position where he can be immediately captured, then his win is automatic. He has two paths to the edge, and if the attackers block one then king will win by the other.

1. H5-H7 E4-B4
2. I4-E4xE3 E6-B6xB5
3. I6-E6xE7 D5-D4
4. F1-F4 C5-C7
5. F9-F6xF5 C7-E7xE6
6. F6-E6xE7 E5-C5++


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