Hnefatafl - tactics and strategy

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The same cordon some time later.

Black has successfully negotiated the dangerous throne squares, but must still proceed with extreme caution – one false move and white could break through.

The black warriors without arrows are not safe to advance yet.

This illustrates another fundamental principle for black: go carefully and methodically, and don’t panic. To win at hnefatafl, when playing as black, you need to be patient. If you rush in too far and too fast, you will very likely lose the game. Hnefatafl games won by black tend to be very much longer than hnefatafl games won by white. If you let a white warrior get through your cordon, you may have to fall back very quickly before it cuts a hole in your line.