Hnefatafl - tactics and strategy

The magic quadrat

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X marks the spot.

These squares are what the magic quadrat is all about – these eight squares are of vital importance to both black and white. The “third ranks” are just the roadsteads leading to these squares.

For black, they are the foundations of the barricades we have seen earlier.

For white, they are foot-holds on the way to controlling a corner, not infallible but giving good leverage.