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A question about a game i just had if i may.. I had created a seek of 3 mins + 1 (one) second bonus. I was moving fast (maybe a second or two per move) while my opponent was taking longer, maybe 10-20 seconds per move.. I thought i would win on time when i looked at the clock and saw his clock had much more time than mine!!?
I then watched the clock as moves were made and when he made a move his clock had 20 seconds ADDED to his time! When i moved i had either nothing or 1 second added (hard to tell on short time) This happened at least 3 or 4 moves in a row that i noticed.
So i was moving really fast, he moving slow..yet he was winning on time each move more and more lol... even if i took 1 second per move he could take 20 per move and still win heh.
I asked in chat and Crux said it being lag but it sure didnt seem laggy or something that lag would do.. take time off a clock suddenly maybe but not add to it...
http://www.chess.com/livechess/game.html?id=7442402 is the game. When i was so stunned at what was happening about move 12 or so i asked for a draw so i could work out what was happening.
Any ideas? Cheers
Basically, as I understand it, it's from lag.
The time is stored locally on your computer. If your opponent makes a move with 0:50 left, for example, their clock may seem to count down to 0:45 before you receive their move, at which point their clock seems to jump to 0:50 (without increment - with bonus time, it would jump to 0:50 + the bonus time).
So if there exists latency between the two players, you'll see what appears to be a huge bonus time - but really, your opponent moved at the time their clock resets to.
It will seem exactly the same way on his end. He'll think you are taking 20 seconds to move, when in fact you are moving instantaneously, but by the time the server transfers your move to him, 20 seconds elapsed.
I've had it happen to me, I was behind in material, but way ahead in clock time, and would have no problem winning (my opponent had just seconds left). But due to lag, he had plenty of time to look at the board during my turn.
how about one on the east coast? (of the US)
Pistoleer, I encountered the same problems as you did. Now I understand the cause. Well, this means you cannot trust the time.. so just focus on you game, not the opponent´s clock