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Wirral Learning Grid - The Vikings - Hnefatafl
Hnefatafl is played on a board which is 9 squares along and 9 squares down. The square in the middle is called the konakis (or throne). Only the king can land on this square.
One team has more players than the other team. There are 8 black pieces and 12 red pieces but the black team also have a hnefi of king.
The black team are the defenders and the red team are the attackers. The black teams king must escape to the corner of the board and the red team have to capture the king.
All pieces can move forwards, backwards, to the left or to the right.
A piece can move along as many squares as you like as long as there are no other pieces in those squares and the piece does not land on a corner square or in the centre square (konakis). Only the king can go into the konakis and the corner squares. Other pieces can go through the konakis but they cannot stop there.
If it is your go, you can capture one of the other teams players. You must have the other teams piece trapped between two of your pieces.
You can also capture one of the other teams pieces by trapping it between one of your pieces and a corner square. The king cannot capture any pieces
To capture the king he has to be surrounded on all four sides by red pieces or by three pieces and the konakis or three pieces and the edge of the board
Reds win if the king is captured.
The black team wins if the king gets to one of the four corner squares.
If the king has an clear path to a corner the black team must warn the red team by saying Raichi! when it is the black teams turn.
If the king has two clear paths to corners, the player says Tuichi! This is like "checkmate", in chess and it means the king cannot be stopped in one move.
Playing the online game against a friend.
Click on one of your pieces, then click on a square you want to move that piece to. The black team go first. GOOD LUCK!