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When does a chess clock start?

According to the FIDE rules, 6.6 At the time determined for the start of the game White’s clock is started. In over the board chess, it's usually Black who does this (you can't have an arbiter ...
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Pressing the clock using the same hand you use to move the pieces

The numbers refer to rules in the FIDE laws of chess. 6.2. A player must press his clock with the same hand with which he made his move. It is forbidden for a player to keep his finger on the clock ...
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What should a player do in blitz if he knocks a piece on to the floor after pressing the clock?

The relevant section from the rules would be Article 7.4.1: If a player displaces one or more pieces, he shall re-establish the correct position in his own time. The rules do not specify a ...
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Pressing the clock using the same hand you use to move the pieces

Yes, press the clock with the same hand you use to move pieces is an actual rule in official tournaments (see Article 6.2.b of the FIDE Laws of chess). Concerning the placement of the clock before ...
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When should I introduce chess clock to a child?

I am wondering if I should let her start using a chess clock, or should I wait when she gets older. At your daughter's age (5) the most important thing is having fun. If she is having fun now I would ...
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Is it legal to hit the clock with piece, captured or otherwise?

I feel this is legal. I'm using FIDE rules. This is the rule that describes what happens with a capture: 3.1.1 If a piece moves to a square occupied by an opponent’s piece the latter is captured ...
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Hitting the clock without moving

The rules changed in 2017 to make this an illegal move. Article 7.5 of FIDE Laws of Chess talk about illegal moves, and now Article 7.5.3 mentions this exact case: 7.5.3 If the player presses the ...
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What happens should a clock fail during the game?

Per FIDE rules 6.10a and 6.10b (I am including the latter since it is so closely related in that it can require the arbiter to adjust the times based on judgment): 6.10 a. Every indication given by ...
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Chess Clock as Birthday Gift Advice

Section 5.5 of the FIDE handbook lists the following approved clocks: 5.5. The electronic chess clocks endorsed by the FIDE 5.5.1. DGT XL (year 2007) 5.5.2. DGT 2010 (year 2010) 5.5.3. Silver Timer (...
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I didn't notice that my opponent forgot to press the clock and made my move. What should I do?

According to the FIDE Laws of Chess: 6.2.2 A player must be allowed to stop his clock after making his move, even after the opponent has made his next move. and 7.5.3 If the player presses the ...
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Pressing the clock using the same hand you use to move the pieces

To back up the other answers, yes of course it's a rule. Moving with one hand and pressing the clock with the other is cheating. As a right-handed player (i.e. I write with my right hand) I make the ...
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Does it ever make sense to stall for time?

There was a game where Korchnoi was completely lost and deliberately ran himself into time trouble so that the opponent would try to take advantage of it rather than playing the merits of the position....
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What is the result? (Rules + puzzle)

There is still a pawn on a2, and it wasn't touched. The queen can only be on a1 due to a promotion, but you don't state the pawn was ever touched, and you say that nothing more than that happened. Now ...
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What happens should a clock fail during the game?

This was more of a problem with the earlier generation (early 2000's) of digital clocks. One of them had a fault which meant that if you gave it a bit of a smack then the battery might jiggle inside, ...
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Is playing without a clock, with the arbiter adding the clock when the game goes too long, within FIDE rules?

is this allowed by FIDE rules? The FIDE Laws of Chess are divided into two sections: BASIC RULES OF PLAY which has 5 articles: Article 1: The nature and objectives of the game of chess Article 2: ...
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What is the result? (Rules + puzzle)

Yes, I am saying that releasing the queen on a1 is not enough to be considered having made the move! 4.7 explicitly states that: Thus, the "cannot be moved to another square on this move". Thus,...
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Does it ever make sense to stall for time?

On a personal note, I once found myself facing an 8-year old who was a superior player; I knew he was a superior player before we started, having watched several of his other games at the club ...
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How many times should I let my opponent know they forgot to press their clock?

Its a matter of opinion, and much more likely to occur at the beginner or amateur levels of chess. I believe it is best to show the high levels of sportsmanship and notify them immediately for the ...
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How do delay and increment work, exactly?

Nothing gets rounded internally. If you are programming a chess clock, then maintain the time according to whatever the machine precision is on your machine without rounding. Some clocks have tenth ...
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Is there a web version of a chess clock for mobile phones without (distracting) advertisements?

Best Solution: chessclock.org - add the website to the home screen on your phone and tilt the phone to the side Added in the comments: chessclock.iphonemarks.com Original suggestions: skakur.dk ...
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When should I introduce chess clock to a child?

I wouldn't overthink it since you can always go for a trial-and-error approach. You can try online if you don't have a chess clock and see how it goes. I wouldn't say there's a specific time control ...
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Does it ever make sense to stall for time?

In team matches it can sometimes make some kind of sense. One case I saw was white was miles up on time and in a somewhat better position, but certainly not clearly winning. At that point Black ...
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clock simultaneous exhibition

The exhibitor usually gets more time. Not really to compensate for the time walking from board to board takes, but because he potentially has all of the clocks running at the same time! The most ...
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Where is the list of FIDE approved clocks?

The electronic chess clocks endorsed by the FIDE: # Model Year 5.5.1. DGT XL 2007 5.5.2. DGT 2010 2010 5.5.3. Silver Timer 2007 5.5.4. Sistemco 2009 5.5.5. DGT 3000 2014 5.5.6. CE Clock 2017 5....
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Does the Chronos GX have a count up setting?

It appears that the Chronus GX clock does not have a count up mode. While the normal one does, as you have mentioned, it seems that the GX doesn’t. I found this video on how to set up a count on the ...
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Origin of Blitz

Wikipedia Fast Chess Before the advent of digital clocks, five minutes per side was the standard for blitz or speed chess. Before the introduction of chess clocks in the mid-1950s chess club "...
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Soundless chess clocks

I direct a chess club in a library where many of our members play quick chess. They press the clocks softly, and there is no noise. If one is slamming the timer, then yes, I agree, that could be ...
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What is the result? (Rules + puzzle)

Well, the solution to the first part of the puzzle is
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How many times should I let my opponent know they forgot to press their clock?

If it's in a tournament, you're under no obligation to tell them. They'll learn quickly enough through hard experience. I would liken that to telling them to take back a bad move. In a casual game, ...
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