Hnefatafl - tactics and strategy

Using the King

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In order to capture an enemy warrior, you have to have one of yours standing next to it already – and moving next to an enemy warrior can be dangerous.

In this example, the king moves in first from e8 – g8, attacking the black warrior on g9 (who could be captured on the following turn by moving the white warrior on e10 to g10).

An ordinary white warrior could not safely make this first move, because black could immediately capture it by moving the warrior on h7 to g7.

So, in hnefatafl, the king is an attacking piece, and is often seen charging into situations which would be fatal for one of his warriors.