see kids and clocks)
We do not make the
mistake of using adult time controls in our children's tournaments. Why?We
do not believe in torturing children.
Typical time controls
for an adult tournament would be 2hrs for each side for the first 40 moves.
After the 40 moves are completed they usually get more time for an allocated
number of moves. It is not uncommon for an adult tournament game to go
for 8, 9, even 10 hours. These type of time controls were originally designed
for Grand Masters who are playing knowing that the entire chess world
will be reviewing and scrutinizing their games for years to come. Because
weaker players like to emulate Grand Master tournaments, these type of
type controls were adopted even for amateur tournaments.
We at Academic Chess
have custom sculpted our tournament rules to be more suitable for kids,
and at the same time within acceptable parameter of the USCF. We use what's
referred to as sudden death time control. This means that the kids are
given an allocated amount of time for the entire game. If they run out
of time before the game is over they lose.
At AC Tournaments
we currently use either 30 minutes per side per game, or 1hr per side
per game. This is considered relatively quick for adult standards, but
for kids we have found this to be more than enough time. There are several
reasons for this:
- Kids play naturally
quick. It is hard to teach even the strongest chess kids to calm down
and use their time to think.
- 1 out of 100 AC
games end with one side losing on time. Since it is such a rarity to
lose on time..time is not such an issue in a child's game.
- There are only
a handful of kids in the country that are rated high enough to need
slower games to play better moves. Once your kid achieves this rating,
(2200 or above) your child will rank as one of the top kids in the nation
and should be playing in adult tournaments anyway.
Benefits of faster
time controls for children's tournaments:
- Kids, especially
younger kids, are not made for spending hours and hours indoors sitting
and thinking. With quicker time controls, the excitement level is elevated
and results are faster and more conclusive.
- More rated games
per day. In an AC tournament your child can play multiple USCF rated
games in one day..as many as 9! And be able to complete the tournament
on the same day it starts. With slower time controls they would only
be able to play 1 or 2 maximum games per day. For example most adult
tournaments are 6 rounders stretched over a 3 day weekend. We believe
our kids have funner more healthier things to do on their 3 day weekends!
- More exciting games
that are fun to participate in. The faster the time controls the more
exciting the game is. Even adults love speed chess (5 minutes per side)
and adults refer to our 30 minute sudden death time controlled games
as "Action Chess Tournaments.
- More difficult
to abuse time. For example some dastardly chess players have been known
to make their opponent sit for hours and hours in a game that is known
to be completely lost for one side. To punish the winner, the loser
will sit and use all his allocated time, forcing the game to drag on
for much longer than it should.
- Our parents are
on schedules and need a clear idea when the tournament will end. With
sudden death time controls we can easily predict when the tournament