# Questions tagged [time-control]

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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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### Would move sealing make sense in chessboxing? Or do the chessboxing people explain why they don't have?

In chessboxing, I think that every switch from a chess round to a boxing round is kind of an adjournment. Yet, I notice chessboxing doesn't have move sealing. Some ways a switch is not quite an ...
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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? [duplicate]

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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### What is the Bronstein (delay) equivalent of Fischer time control of game in 90 plus 30 second increment for FIDE rating?

The FIDE Rating Regulations say For a game to be rated each player must have the following minimum periods in which to complete all the moves, assuming the game lasts 60 moves. Where at least ...
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### Adjusting to longer time controls

I've played extensively online with a G/30 time control, and OTB at G/30 with a 5 second delay. I'd like to start playing in tournaments though that have a time control of G/90 with a 30 second ...
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### Swiss system chess tournament

In a swiss system chess tournament, how long should a round last? If a player exceeds his time who will be the winner?
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### Clock simul time control

We would like to organise a simultaneous exhibiton at our chess club, but as we only have the room booked for 2.5hrs, we fear that it might not be over in the given time. I've heard about clock simuls,...
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### Would this clock time mode be useful at all?

I want to encourage more games to be played with "thinking" chess instead of "video game" chess like in lightning and blitz. When I play at super fast time controls, I tend to stop calculating at all ...
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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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### 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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### Why is increment more popular than delay?

Increment is FIDE's default for their tournaments, although their rules permit delay as well. Most internet chess servers also use increment exclusively. As I understand it, delay is used by the USCF ...
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### Why does the GCT 2017 use delay?

The Grand Chess Tour 2017 events use delay, not increment, according to event regulations. Have the organizers made an official statement as to why, or is there a consensus on what the unofficial ...
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### Multi-Period Time Controls Online [closed]

All online services for playing chess that I am aware of allow the user to specify a time control with a single base time and an increment. I would like to find one that supports a multi-period ...
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### how much time is a pawn worth

In bullet, blitz, and rapid chess having more time than your opponent is an advantage. I'm wondering if there have been any efforts to determine how much of a time advantage a pawn is worth. Or say a ...
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### What is the time control for FIDE chess tournaments?

According to the FIDE Handbook (Time Control), the time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move. I heard ...
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### Does an out of turn draw offer constitute an actionable distraction / time penalty?

I was playing in a sudden death time control last night with less than 5 seconds left and while thinking about my moves with literally 2 or 3 seconds remaining, my opponent blurted out a draw offer. ...
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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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### 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. My friend is somewhere around a ...
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### How is the 2016 Zurich Chess Challenge "new classical" format different from rapid chess?

For the upcoming (2016) Zurich Chess Challenge, a new time control will be put in place. According to chess24, Six players including former World Champions Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand ...
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### Running down the opponent's clock on purpose

Running out of time is a loss. Two players are both very low on time and quite far from a checkmate. What if one player makes some 'pointless' defensive moves to keep his clock running so that the ...
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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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### 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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