Regarding the use of Chess Clocks

All players should make an effort to familiarize themselves with the use of a chess clock, and get into the habit of using them in their games. Though we do not forbid a game to start without a clock in the younger sections, the following regulations will be followed:

  • The use of clocks is highly recommended for all sections. It is compulsory in the Championship, Future Masters and Reserve sections.
  • Players are expected to bring their own clocks to the tournament.
  • The preferred equipment is a digital clock with a time delay feature. If either one of the players has such a clock, then that clock must be used.
  • If the clock used does not have a delay, then the clock must be set to the primary time. Thus, if the time control is "game/40, delay 5", set the clock for 40 minutes.
  • Games that are started without clocks: If it appears that a game is unlikely to finish within the allotted time, the TD reserves the option to put a chess clock on the game. The remaining time for the round will be split between the two players. In no event will any player receive less than 10 minutes to finish the game.

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