Questions tagged [time-control]

For questions about various time controls. See also the tag time-management.

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Is 10 minute time control too fast for me as a beginner?

Every day I usually play one or two 10+5 games for fun and to try to train my decision making. 10 minutes seems to be the recommended time control for a beginner. However, for a long time I've felt ...
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How to convert better positions and not to get swindled OTB?

For context I am new to OTB chess with 30 games under my belt and a rating of around 1930 fide. I have a very definite problem. Last tournament I dropped 3 pieces in 3 consecutive games in either ...
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Can a tournament be FIDE rated if it has multiple time controls based on player ratings

If we ran a weekly club tournament that has different time controls for different games based on both players' ratings as set forth in the FIDE regulations, would the tournament qualify as a Standard ...
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Do accidental clock presses get counted with DGT clocks connected to DGT boards?

I have played many games with DGT 2010, DGT 2000 clocks and they cannot be connected to DGT boards as far as I know. Also there is a button to know the number of moves played (rather clock presses) so ...
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Why are such complicated time controls popular?

In professional chess, I often see oddly arcane time controls. For instance, in the 2021 WCC each game was 120 minutes per side for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, and 15 ...
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Countermove without notation

Quoting the FIDE rules (E8.1§3): "A player may reply to his opponent’s move before recording it, if he so wishes. He must record his previous move before making another." Quoting any arbiter:...
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What to do if in a tournament game with no time control, my opponent plays very slowly?

I recently played a tournament game with no time control. It takes my opponent at least 5 minutes, sometimes longer, to make (almost) every move. The game started at 6pm and lasted 3.5 hours. If I ...
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Questions about USCF Tournaments Requirements to Get the U.S. Chess Master Title [closed]

We want to organize USCF chess tournaments valid to get the U.S. chess master title. Please answer the following questions: Do we need a minimum of 4 rounds, if we are organizing a swiss system? Do ...
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Do FIDE and USCF require Writing Notation in Tournaments with Short Time Controls? When Writing Notation is Optional?

Do FIDE and USCF require Writing Notation in Tournaments with Short Time Controls? When is Writing Notation Not Required? We are planning to organize a monthly 30+30 tournament (30 minutes for the ...
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As GMs get older, does their age affect their Classical, Rapid and Blitz ratings equally?

As GMs age beyond their prime, their ratings will likely drop in Classical, Rapid and Blitz chess. If we compare the mean Elo ratings of older and younger GMs across all 3 time controls, does it show ...
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Why are seconds per move time controls unpopular in chess? [closed]

When playing the game of go online, a common time control setting is for players to have X (e.g., 10, 20, or 30) seconds per move, with the clock simply resetting after each move. (There are ...
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Strategies for focusing on longer time controls

What are some ways of improving focus during longer timer controls? I mostly play blitz (3+0) and I have been moving towards rapid. I find that I see tactics more easily in my blitz games than in my ...
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Bronstein timing in DGT clocks and the related PGN

I have noticed a gap in the PGN spec and the Laws of Chess in section 6.2.2 The time saved by a player during one period is added to his time available for the next period, except in the ‘time delay’ ...
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At the Grandmaster level, at what amount of additional time per move do the benefits become negligible?

Naturally, having more time to ponder each move lets skilled players figure out better decisions and avoid errors one might make when there is a pressing time limit, with more time allowing more ...
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Why does this game not end as a draw by insufficient material?

I played an online game at chess.com and here is the endgame: [fen "8/8/1p2p2k/pP2P1p1/P1K3P1/8/8/8 b - - 0 1"] After white's last move a4, I thought the game ends immediately as a draw by ...
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Will games be perfect, and most likely a draw, if both players get infinite time?

I have played a lot of chess games. The thing that always bothered me was that bloody clock. It looks as if the game is a game about who can think the fastest and it makes one nervous. Now, I know it'...
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How do I handle drawn positions in zero time increment games?

I recently found myself in a drawn position (king and rook for each side) in a zero increment online game. I had about 10 seconds on my clock, my opponent had about 20 seconds. He ignored draw offers, ...
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Should I calculate on my opponent's time or on my time?

I play regularly 45+45 games with a duration between 2-4h. During my opponent's time I normally try to guess their moves or try to understand the position better. Regularly I have the problem that I ...
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Why does FIDE classical chess have a time limit for the first 40 moves? [duplicate]

From this answer: The FIDE-approved classical time control is: (taken from the handbook) 07 Time Control There is a single time control for all major FIDE events: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves ...
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What do these game durations mean?

There are different game duration on chess.com. What do options 1|1, 2|1 etc. mean?
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Is there an engine evaluation technique that factors in 'time'?

An interesting game played out between Wesley So and Levon Aronion1: [title "Wesley So vs Levon Aronian"] [fen "rn4k1/p2bP1b1/2q5/1pp2p1Q/2p5/8/PP3PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1"] So was in ...
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Time out question in a drawish endgame

With some extremely rare exceptions, KNN vs KR endgame should be a draw. However, I am wondering what if this endgame happens in a game with no increments. I think the following will happen at chess....
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Is there a heuristic for how much time handicap to give players of different skill levels?

I was curious if there was general guidelines for time handicap ala how there is for piece handicaps (e.g. I've read 1 pawn ≈ 300 elo points for GMs). Is there a way to compute a rough estimate of how ...
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Are Bronstein delay and simple (US) delay really equivalent?

I have a question regarding delay in time controls. I've seen this thread and it doesn't address my doubt. Let's consider an example from the beginning of a game, to show how simple and Bronstein ...
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What is the point of time increments?

I am having difficulty understanding the purpose of increments in time control. What is the point? If it just adds more time to the game, why not simply make the game that much longer? I am aware that ...
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How is time measured when a player is late?

When watching The Queen's Gambit I noticed that some players were late to their game. How is time measured in this case? It is simple when the player playing black is late, because the one playing ...
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Automatically claiming draw when low on time

Suppose X and Y are in an endgame: X has a rook and 400 seconds. Y has a rook and 40 seconds. Y obviously cannot claim draw because X can theoretically win, even though a minimally careful play ...
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Why is flagging considered a win?

Let's say I totally dominate my opponent, but simply run out of time, then I lose the game right? But doesn't it make more sense to be given 51% of the rating adjustment (not 50/50 as for a draw). The ...
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Historic time controls for World Championships

According to the answer to this question we know that currently it is 100 minutes for 40 moves followed by an additional 50 minutes for 20 moves then an extra 15 minutes to finish the game with a 30 ...
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What are the chess time limits used by FIDE?

I was wondering, what time limits does FIDE use for its professional matches?
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How can I move quickly in time? [duplicate]

I am a slow chess player. I have 3 digits rating in blitz. How I can play fast so that I do not loose on time ?
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How can I save this game?

I was playing a blitz game and the time control was 2m+1s. The end game was KQ vs KR and I (with KQ) lost on time as it took roughly 2 seconds for me to make a move. I would like to learn a lesson: in ...
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How do I play 30 second games on chess.com? [closed]

My current chess rating is approximately 1400 in 1 minute, 3 minute, and 5 minute games. I have seen some of the other players playing 30 seconds games whose rating is around 1200 but I cannot find an ...
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Does your rating express the quality of your play regardless of time control?

For instance if I analyze a game played in blitz, move by move, between two 2600s, should I expect the moves to be of the same quality as the moves between two 2600s in classical? Or would worse play ...
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Classical Time Control Armageddon?

The fate of chess has been discussed for a long time and in recent years it has become more and more common. Examples of this include the 2018 World Chess Championship(12 draws) and the 2016 World ...
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Players who play fast in longer time control games

I see it all the time on the net. Some players play, for example, a 15-minute game with a 10-second increment, and they finish the game with more time than what they started with! I've heard players ...
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If a tournament advertises G/30, can either player demand G/25 d5?

A minor controversy regarding advertised and allowed time controls has broken out on a chess mailing list I subscribe to. A one-day tournament scheduled for tomorrow advertises specifically as five ...
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Adding time to game played with chess engine

Are there any chess engines out there that will allow me to add arbitrary amounts of time to their clocks as the game progresses? I am interested in experimenting with two engines playing each other ...
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Do some people play chess with a 5 minute base time and no increments because it's a different challenge than 3 minutes with 2 second increments? [closed]

Chess with a 5 minute base time and no increments is a very different game from chess with a 3 minute base time and 2 second increments. It probably always had a winner and a loser except for when ...
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Why is the time control for FIDE chess tournaments what it is? [duplicate]

Now that from this answer, I know what the time control is, why is it 90 minute base time for the first 40 moves, an additional 30 minute base time for the rest of the game plus a 30 second increment ...
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Bonus added at move zero

Is the bonus time added before the game starts, that is before the first move? I play in a competition that has a time control of 1 hour 40 minutes +30 seconds per move. If I set the chess clock to ...
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Does 40/100, SD/30 d10 mean that the delay is applied to both time controls?

I am going to be going to my first tournament soon (the southern class championship), and am slightly confused about the time control. Most tournament listings have something along the lines of 40/...
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what is the shortest allowable time control for a FIDE rated standard tournament game?

My chess club wants to host a FIDE tournament in a couple of months with 3 FIDE rated games in one day. What is the shortest allowed time control for FIDE rated standard tournament games so we can ...
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Would a classic full time armageddon tiebreaker be balanced?

I think that classic chess and rapid chess are two quite different kinds of sport. The classic chess title was undecided this year 2018. Why not use the armageddon rule, that black wins if tied in ...
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How to use nodestime option in Stockfish 10?

By looking at the uci option file of Stockfish 10 I found this line: o["nodestime"] << Option(0, 0, 10000); How exactly does one use nodestime?
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Is a given time control per side or in total?

The Wikipedia page about Chess Time Control describes for example: ... 90 minutes for the first 40 moves ... A move in chess is defined as both White and Black side doing their separate move, so ...
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How much does time control affect ELO strength? [closed]

Suppose we cloned Magnus Carlsen and arranged a match between the clone and the real Magnus. I will give the real Magnus x minutes on his clock, and the clone will have y minutes. Is there any ...
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If a player is significantly behind in time, does it mean he's bound to lose?

Let's focus on FIDE classical chess finals historically. Caruana is always behind in time control, thinks more, waste more energy. Statistically speaking, did the players who played faster won more ...
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Are there statistics on the results of armageddon games at the GM level?

I've tried finding statistics on the results of competitive armageddon games played at a high level (say, GM level), but to no avail. Evidently, these statistics must exist, as for example FIDE ...
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Why is it allowed to request an increment in time trouble?

From the FIDE Handbook: III.2.2 These Guidelines shall apply only to standard chess and rapid chess games without increment and not to blitz games. III.4 If the player having the move has less than ...
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