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Chess Clocks

Our Range of chess clocks caters for all needs. We stock a range of high quality chess clocks from European manufactures. We stock premium brands such as DGT, Garde, and BHB with both analogue and digital ranges in stock. You won't find any cheap far eastern imports here, only high quality clocks you can rely on. Our entire range of chess clocks is stocked in our UK based warehouse and ready for immediate dispatch.

The Advantage Of Using a Chess Clock

Garde Analogue Chess Clock

Any serious chess player will tell you that a good chess clock is just as important as the chess set itself. What constitutes a good chess timer or clock can often be the subject of much debate. There is a variety of designs and types of chess clocks to choose from and everybody has their preference. All chess clocks have a few aspects in common. They have two clocks positioned side by side. There are two buttons or a lever. Depressing the button on your clock will stop yours and start your opponents. One clock or display is for the white side, the other for the black side.

The Chess Purists

clock mechanism up close

Many chess purists prefer the analog clock. Each clock is set just as an analog wall clock would be by twisting a knob on the back until the hands line up correctly. There is a little flag hanging from the 12. When the time has expired the flag will fall and players are responsible for noticing when this happens. Some analog clocks run on batteries while others require winding up. Today the casing is usually made from a polymer or plastic but older clocks are typically made from wood and are much more durable. In many cases, the analog chess clock will be less expensive than the digital version.

Digital chess clocks are popular for a number of good reasons. The LED displays the time remaining to the second and is extremely accurate. Many players feel they need to know exactly how much time they and their opponent have remaining. Many of the digital clocks have a much lower profile so players do not have to lift their hands very high to depress the button or lever. Some digital clocks are able to connect to specially designed boards that can sense when a piece has been moved and automatically stop and start the clocks. When one of the players runs out of time, an alarm sounds letting them know the game is over.

Chess Clocks In Game Play

analog chess clock

Chess tournaments are the most obvious reason people use game clocks. Each chess player has the same amount of time to complete either a set number of moves or an entire game. If one player runs out of time, they lose the game. It is a good way to ensure both players have a fair game. Chess clocks are also used to handicap games. If one player is much stronger than their opponent, they may only have 5 minutes to complete the game while their opponent has 15 or 20 minutes in which to make his move, or her move.

Chess Timers As Training Tools

Chanpionship Digital clock from DGT

Many grand masters use chess clocks to help ensure pupils have memorized various opening lines. By putting strict time controls on the opening sequence of moves, they can easily determine how efficiently a student has mastered the opening. Chess clocks have been around for years and are as important a part of the game as the chess pieces themselves. If you haven't played chess on the clock, you are missing out on one of the most exhilarating aspects of the beautiful game.