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What is the function of a chess second?


  • 3 years ago · Quote · #1

    Conflagration_Planet

    ?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #2

    PrawnEatsPrawn

    Seconds are used in the context of a one-on-one match at classical time controls. Main functions:

     

    1. Research opponent

     

    2. Prepare opening repertoire

     

    3. Adjournment analysis (no longer relevant)

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #3

    mattattack99

    Do they get paid?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #4

    PrawnEatsPrawn

    mattattack99 wrote:

    Do they get paid?


    I've never heard money discussed but always assumed that they would be (perhaps a share of the purse or state sponsored {e.g. USSR}), because a second's duties will last months.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #5

    trysts

    A chess second functions as a measurement of time in a chess game.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #6

    TadDude

    mattattack99 wrote:

    Do they get paid?


    How would they eat otherwise?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #7

    TadDude

    Ben Finegold describes his function as Nakamura's second at the Tal Memorial.

    http://www.stlbeacon.org/voices/blogs/on-chess/114396-finegold-mission-to-moscow

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #8

    mattattack99

    TadDude wrote:
    mattattack99 wrote:

    Do they get paid?


    How would they eat otherwise?


    Maybe Nakamura provides the food.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #9

    Conflagration_Planet

    Laughing

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #10

    mattattack99

    Who was Kasparov's second? Imagine having access to his database of opening theory.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #11

    Sidford_Knight

    If the first player dies it's up to the second to finish their chess commitments.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #12

    PrawnEatsPrawn

    mattattack99 wrote:
    TadDude wrote:
    mattattack99 wrote:

    Do they get paid?


    How would they eat otherwise?


    Maybe Nakamura provides the food.


     

    Think again.

     

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #13

    goldendog

    Timoshenko was one, and he was accused of tipping Karpov off as to Kaspy's opening prep in their drawn match.

    Did I remember all that correctly? Was it from Waitzkin's Mortal Games?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #14

    mattattack99

    goldendog wrote:

    Timoshenko was one, and he was accused of tipping Karpov off as to Kaspy's opening prep in their drawn match.

    Did I remember all that correctly? Was it from Waitzkin's Mortal Games?


    The match that was aborted; or the one that ended tied 12-12?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #15

    goldendog

    12-12

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #16

    corrijean

    Sounds like the chess version of Bagger Vance.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #17

    Crazychessplaya

    It was Vladimirov, not Timoshenko. It was the third match, won by Kasparov.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #18

    pathfinder416

    Another important duty of the second is to dispatch his/her first on any show of cowardice ... such as 1.d4.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #19

    UniqueAirplane

    Do any OTB clocks have a bonus time feature?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #20

    corrijean

    I think you can set the digital ones for something like that. If the player complete x number of moves, they each get x number of minutes added to their time.


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