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  • #1

    Hi all!

    I want to aks you if you know about timing in formal,especially great tournaments. I'm a little puzzled about that. I saw some descriptions such this: 90 min + 30 min after 40 moves. But after 2 hours I can see more time again! I want to know is there a mixture of normal timing and fischer timing? Could you please give some examples or share if there are fixed rules about timing?

    TY in advance...

  • #2

    Yes, most give some delay or increment, at least beginning with the sudden death time control.  Others give it from the start, in which case it is usually a shorter amount.

    Read the time description of the tournament carefully, it should tell you.


    The difference between "delay" and "increment" in that the delay doesn't start your time for a certain period after your opponent hits his clock.  If you move within that time, none of yours is used, but you cannot accumulate any excess.

    The increment is awarded after you move and hit your own clock, and may accumulate extra time for you.


    ON EDIT:  Here is the time description for the FIDE Grand Prix event which began today in Zug, Switzerland:

    From April 14 to April 30, 2013, the third stage of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012-2013 will take place in Zug, Switzerland. Twelve players will compete in a round robin tournament with time controls of 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes and an increment of 30 seconds per move for each player.

  • #3

    Timing for the last tournament in which I played was 90 +30 but the 30 was seconds add-on, not 30 minutes.  When trying to keep things moving during a one-day 4 round or two-day 5 round, it is necessary to push time at the end to get on with the next rounds.  Most players have jobs and cannot play one game per day for a week.

  • #4

    I should thank from my two american friends that answered this question and helped me...

  • #5

    Another complementary question about this: Is there in chess.com any of these formal and advanced timing methods?

  • #6

    any idea?!


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