Chess clocks were invented to keep chess players from abusing time. Chess players can get so serious about chess and so afraid of losing that they have been known to ponder for hours in a losing position and claim they are still thinking!

When you finish your move with a chess clock, you hit the button on top of the clock on your side. This stops your clock and stars your opponents clock.

A chess clock records the total amount of time a person is taking on their moves. If it is a 30 minute time control each player has 30 minutes to think about their moves for the entire game. If a player runs out of time, he loses.

Have you ever seen anyone playing real fast with a chess clock? They are playing "Speed Chess" a fun variation of chess. Speed Chess would be impossible without a chess clock.

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The History Of the Chessclock

Back in the old days, players did not have time limits for their moves or games. As playing skill advanced and serious tournaments became more common, some players would take over an hour for a single move! In 1861 Sandglasses (one for each player) were tried in a major match. When a player was not on move, the sand glass was laid flat. The system allowed a player to take longer on some moves, as long as the total time for a set number of moves did not exceed a specified amount of time.

The two sandglasses were soon replaced by two mechanical clocks. In 1883, an apparatus that put tow clocks together was used in a major tournament. Each player's clock ran ony when it was his turn to move. That firs chess clock invented by Thomas Bright Wilson, led to many kinds of the "Siamese Twin" clocks seen today.




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