Chess clocks were introduced in 1861. At first the players used an hourglass but in 1881 they created the first 2-player chesstimer. Currently 20 moves in an hour is a normal tempo for an official chessgame. Since the invention of the digital game timer there are a lot of other options. There are even recent tournaments with 2 minutes per player per game.
A chess clock can make your home game more enjoyable. A good tempo for a casual game at home is about 15 to 30 minutes for each player. Depending on your personal preference you can pick a digital game timer or an analog mechanical timer. Read more ...
Mechanical game timer
We sell all kinds of mechanical game timers. The most famous is the authentic Garde game timer. This is the traditional chess clock which has been used for decades. It is very easy to configure. A problem with mechanical game timer is the precision. When you play games of 5 minutes per player it is tough to give both players the exact same time. The clocks are excellent for longer games though.
Digital game timer
Digital game timers are the modern version of the chess clock. The expensive DGT models (2010 and XL) have a lot of options and are very good. There are a lot of playing tempo's preprogrammed. For instance: you can add extra time per move or use an hourglass tempo. These clocks are the ones which are usually used for chess tournaments. In addition to that they also meet the requirements for an official go or scrabble clock. The DGT Easy is easier to use and has fewer options. This way the clock is just as easy to configure as the classical mechanical clocks. These clocks are ideal to use at home since they are cheaper and easier then the DGT 2010 and XL. In addition to these clocks we also have the DGT NA (North America). This clock is just as good as the 2010 and XL but it isn't accepted by the fide for tournaments. It is accepted by the USCF for tournament use in America though.
DGT Clock overview
|Chess clock||DGT 2010||DGT NA||DGT XL DGT 3000||DGT Easy||DGT Easy+||DGT 960|
|Internet move support||-||-||yes||-||-||-|
|Low battery indicator||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|960 board position generator||-||-||-||-||-||yes|
|Time controls normal||4||4||5||1||1||1|
|Time controls with bonus (Fischer)||4||4||5||-||1||1|
|Time controls with delay||4||3||5||-||1||1|
|Delay type||Bronstein||Real blinded||Bronstein||-||Real||Real|
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