Timing Rules in Local Chess Tournaments

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cmsb705
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Timing Rules in Local Chess Tournaments

Post by cmsb705 » Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:38 pm

My son recently played in his first chess tournament. It was an "official" tournament, with results submitted for ranking purposes. They did not use a clock for the first 40 minutes and then with 10 minutes left they took out a clock and gave each player 5 minutes.

1. Is this appropriate? It doesn't seem fair, as one player could have used up most or all of the first 40 minutes.

2. What is the label for this time format? The tournament director said it is G25/5, but I don't think that is correct because each player did not actually get 25 minutes. I think that label would only apply if each player has his own clock running for the entire game.

Sean Evans
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Re: Timing Rules in Local Chess Tournaments

Post by Sean Evans » Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:12 pm

Normally, there is a clock started at the beginning of the game and it keeps going at the given time interval(s) until the end of the game. You can read the FIDE rules on clocks here:

https://www.fide.com/component/handbook ... w=category

What country was the game played?

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