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Which Timing Options do DGT Clocks Have?

For a complete overview please see below table to compare the features of the different DGT clocks.

Glossary

Game Time
In "Game Time" settings each player receives a certain amount of time for the whole game to complete all moves.

Move Time
In "Move Time" settings each player receives a certain amount of time to complete each move.

Move Time plus Save
In "Move Time plus Save" settings each player receives a certain amount of time for each move but any time that is not used on any turn is saved and added and can be used at later turns

Scrabble
In "Scrabble" options the clocks count-down until zero is reached and then start up-count.

Gong options
In "Gong" players have to make each move after a pre-set amount of time has passed and a signal indicates the end of their turn. This is a fun option for use at home or school.

Hour glass options
In "Hour Glass" options players start with the same amount of time on the clock (say one minute) but everytime one player's clock is counting down, the other player's clock is counting up.

Byo-Yomi options
"Byo-Yomi" options are more complex timing systems used in the game of Go or Baduk.

Period/time control
A game can be divided into a number of periods. In each period a certain number of moves have to be completed (time control). If there is only one period all moves in a game have to be done within that time. Often more periods are used and in each period a certain number of moves must be made within a certain amount of time. At the end of each period it must be checked whether the required number of moves have been made. In the last period all remaining moves of the game must be played.

Time settings
"Time" settings are basic countdown settings. When it is a player's turn his clock simply continues to count down.

Bonus settings
In "Bonus" settings each player receives a certain amount of extra time for each move. Playing with Bonus time per move is also called playing with Fischer Bonus or playing with increments.

Delay settings
In "Delay" settings each player has a certain amount of free time at the start of each turn before his clock starts counting down.

Move Counter
A move counter simply counts the number of times it has been a player's turn to move. It should be used cautiously because the move counter registers the amount of times the clock has been switched sides which may differ from the amount of moves made if players accidentally pressed the clock.

It is possible to have different settings in different periods for example a Time setting in the first period and a Bonus setting in the second period.

Timing method / Feature

DGT 3000

DGT XL (discontinued)

DGT 2010

DGT North American

DGT Easy

DGT Easy Plus

DGT 960

DGT 1001

DGT Cube

DGT Pyramid

Connects to DGT e-Boards

Maximum number of players

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

6

4

Game Timer options

Move Timer options

*

*

Move Timer with Save options

One time control only

More than one time control (multi periods)

Indefinite time controls (repeating 2nd period)

Time settings

Bonus settings

Delay settings

Bronstein delay (FIDE)

U.S. delay (USCF)

Byo-yomi options for Go or Baduk

Maximum time controls with Time settings

4

5

3

4

1

1

1

1

1

1

Maximum time controls with Bonus settings

4

5

4

4

1

1

Maximum time controls with Bronstein delay

4

5

4

Maximum time controls with U.S. delay

4

4

1

1

Maximum time controls mixed systems

4

5

Scrabble® options

Gong options

Hour glass option

Chess960 random starting position generator

Move counter

* The DGT2010 and DGT3000 have no special option for "Move Timer" mode, but using the Byo-Yomi setting there is a way to turn these clocks into a move timer. The DGT XL cannot be set to movetimer mode.

For the DGT2010 this is done as follows: select option 28 and press ENTER.

  • Accept all zeros by pressing ENTER(10) until you see the number 1 in the right hand display.
  • Set the desired time per move in the left hand display. The maximum move time is 9 min and 59 sec.
  • You can change the 1 on the right hand display to allow the players to set the move time in different stages.

For example: You set the move time to 1 minute and choose 2 in the last step. The clock will indicate 2 minutes after starting the time. When a player always uses less time than 1 minute per move, the clock returns to 2 minutes. When a player uses more than 1 minute for a certain move, the clock will jump back to 1 minute and will do so until this player reaches zero. The players can mutually decide if this player has lost the game or if he or she can proceed with another minute per move.

For the DGT3000 select one of the manual settings options 26-30 and press ENTER.

  • Select BYO and press ENTER
  • Set the required time per move and press ENTER.
  • On the next display set MOMENTS at 01.

DGT 3000 is the successor of the DGT XL clock and is approved and recommended by the International Chess Federation FIDE. DGT3000 offers a wide range of options and has a large LCD display that shows a lot of relevant timer information. The DGT 3000 can be connected to a DGT e-Board.

DGT XL (discontinued model) is approved and recommended by FIDE. This model offers very many options and much functionality. The DGT XL can be connected to a DGT e-Board.

DGT 2010 is the official chess clock of the World Chess Federation FIDE chess clock; it is approved and recommended by FIDE. The Delay options are according to the Bronstein method, which means that the delay time for the next turn is added on the clock's display after a player ends his current turn. The clock starts counting down immediately at the beginning of each turn. This is the official FIDE method.

DGT North American (DGT NA) complies with regulations of the USCF (United States Chess Federation). The delay option on the DGT NA is so called US Delay which does not count down during the delay time. Instead, during the delay time, the display shows a blinking icon and starts counting down after the delay time is ended. When one of the players used all his time in the final time control, the clock does not freeze. The time left for the other player will continue to count down, until his time is also used up.

DGT Easy clocks are primarily intended for use at home or school. They only have one time control and to not feature Bonus or Delay options (see DGT Easy Plus).

DGT Easy Plus has the same options as the DGT Easy but with additional Bonus and Delay functionality.

DGT 960 has the same functionality as the Easy Plus. As an extra feature, the DGT960 clock can randomly generate Chess960 starting positions. It is a handy foldable pocket timer.

DGT 1001 is the most basic model in the DGT range, especially suitable for club and school games. It does not feature bonus or delay options.

DGT Cube is a multi-player game timer with six clocks for up to six players.

DGT Pyramid is a multi-player game timer with four clocks for up to four players.