Hnefatafl - tactics and strategy

Strategy for white: Using the King

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It may seem odd to urge you to “use your King”, after all, the only way you can win, when playing as white, is to move your King to a corner square. But it’s amazing how many players (especially beginners) don’t seem to realize this fundamental principle of white strategy: the King is the strongest piece on the board. As already mentioned, he is just as strong in attack, and twice as strong in defence, as any warrior. Forget about the chess king, who is slow and vulnerable. The hnefatafl king is fast and extremely dangerous. A successful strategy for white involves getting the king out as soon as possible, and using him as an attacking piece.