Questions tagged [time-control]

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

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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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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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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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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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Are there any websites that allow standard correspondence chess time controls?

I noticed that most websites that allow correspondence chess have time controls that are per move. I believe that historically correspondence chess was played with x days per y moves, which allows one ...
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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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If an opponent's clock is pressed by mistake, how much extra time is given?

Today at the local tournament I noticed something strange. It was my turn, and my opponent's clock was running. My opponent had pressed the his neighbor's clock by accident. We were playing two boards ...
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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 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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Is there a site where I can play 30 seconds games?

I only know, from the fastest time controls, which chess sites to play 1+0 and 0+1 on. But is there a possibility to play 30 second games?
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Very fast chess games-tournaments between engines

I am wondering if there are chess games or tournaments between engines, with a very small duration, like 10-5 seconds or 10-10 seconds (every game). If not, would it not be interesting?
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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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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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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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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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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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FIDE Online Arena: what specifically determines bullet, blitz, rapid, and unmonitored time controls?

I've been trying out the FIDE Online Arena; while I've found a lot of marketing, I find very little useful documentation (possibly because the software is new). FIDE Online Arena has four different ...
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Play online live game against a friend with time odds?

Is there an online chess site or app that would allow me and a friend to play live games against each other with time odds? I am somewhere around a low Class D player, and my friend is somewhere ...
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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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Why have more than one time control per game?

Why is it so common to have time controls like 2 hours for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, as opposed to something simpler like 2.5 hours for the game? Is this just to "force" ...
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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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Do longer games better your chances of honing chess skills?

What do you say about it? I find that if you're in a sequence that you're realizing is a trap, and the pressure on you is building. Or you've blundered, or worse, you deservedly are about to get ...
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What's the best time control to play online in order to improve?

I am an amateur, 33 years old, never took chess lessons, never played in a tournament. Last year I rediscovered chess and I am trying to improve as much as possible by reading books, watching videos ...
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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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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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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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Drawing rules for time loss

Let's say we have a few situations. White has all their pieces (hypothetically) and black has only: N+K B+K N+N+K If white were to run out of time, would each of these situations be a draw due to ...
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Where do I play online games with a long time control?

I don't have a lot of opportunity to play serious OTB games, so I'd like to play chess online. On chess.com, though, the longest standard time control is 30 min per person, presumably there are not ...
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If you exploit Article 12.9 in FIDE's Laws of Chess, is it possible to benefit yourself by purposely receiving a penalty?

After I received this answer on my previous question, I found the list of penalties which a player can receive, according to FIDE guidelines. As FIDE states in Article 12.9: Options available to the ...
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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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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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What would happen if a game lasted for more than 24 hours?

Technically it is possible for a game to last more than 24 hours, since after 40 or 60 moves each player generally gets a 30-second increment. In an endgame, the player with the advantage will just ...
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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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Which format should i choose to improve my chess skills (Blitz chess or Standard time control chess)?

I always play both blitz and standard time control chess games. But in blitz I make a lot of mistakes and I'm not able to find a lot of good and tactical moves whereas in standard time chess format I ...
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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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Is it possible to play 1 minute bullet with no increment over the board?

Playing 1 minute bullet games with no increment on the Internet is hard enough, but what about over the board, in real life with an actual wooden board? Would it be possible, or would 90% of the ...
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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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London Chess Classic 2013 Format

I have never been into watching live chess, and I found it strange that anyone disagrees with me, but the format of London Chess Classic 2013 was just perfect. Like the rest of the civilized world, I ...
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Setting DGT North American clock for two time controls

Does anyone know how to set a blue DGT North American chess clock to the time control of: 2 hours for the first 40 moves, with 30 minutes added thereafter, with 10 second delay throughout the course ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...