What is the function of a chess second?

Conflagration_Planet

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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)

mattattack99

Do they get paid?

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.

trysts

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

TadDude
mattattack99 wrote:

Do they get paid?


How would they eat otherwise?

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

mattattack99
TadDude wrote:
mattattack99 wrote:

Do they get paid?


How would they eat otherwise?


Maybe Nakamura provides the food.

Conflagration_Planet

Laughing

mattattack99

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

Sidford_Knight

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

PrawnEatsPrawn
mattattack99 wrote:
TadDude wrote:
mattattack99 wrote:

Do they get paid?


How would they eat otherwise?


Maybe Nakamura provides the food.


 

Think again.

 

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?

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?

goldendog

12-12

corrijean

Sounds like the chess version of Bagger Vance.

Crazychessplaya

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

pathfinder416

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

UniqueAirplane

Do any OTB clocks have a bonus time feature?

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.