tafl

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse tafl (a board), from Latin tabula (a tablet; a board or plank).

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tafl n (genitive singular tafls, nominative plural töfl)

  1. a class of Scandinavian two-player board games featuring a distinctive 2:1 ratio of playing pieces, with the addition of a kingpiece to the lesser side
  2. (idiomatic) Icelandic chess (skáktafl)
  3. (obsolete) a board game played in Viking society, the predecessor of the medieval game hnefatafl

Tafl has been unfortunately translated simply as chess in some translations of the Icelandic sagas, though chess was not yet known to the Vikings.

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