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DGT 10167 EASY Chess Clock - Crimson Cruz

DGT 10167 EASY Chess Clock - Crimson Cruz

The DGT Easy is quite simply a digital clock that is easy to set up. The Easy clock is a combination of simplicity and function. This popular...

$45.95 CAD


DGT 10168 EASY Chess Clock - Black Beyond

DGT 10168 EASY Chess Clock - Black Beyond

The DGT Easy is quite simply a digital clock that is easy to set up. The Easy clock is a combination of simplicity and function. This popular...

$45.95 CAD


DGT 10630 North American

DGT 10630 North American

The new DGT North American is perfect for speed chess, bullet chess, or many variations of tournament time controls – also for Go, Checkers...

$62.95 CAD


DGT 10708 EASY Chess Clock - Judit Polgar

DGT 10708 EASY Chess Clock - Judit Polgar

The DGT Easy Judit Polgar is quite simply a digital clock that is easy to set up. The Easy clock is a combination of simplicity and function. This...

$45.95 CAD


DGT 2010 Professional Digital Chess Clock

DGT 2010 Professional Digital Chess Clock

The DGT 2010 is the official chess clock of the World Chess Federation (FIDE). The game timer was introduced in 2007 and received the status of...

$99.95 CAD


Economy Quartz Chess Clock

Economy Quartz Chess Clock

This standard plastic chess clock is great for young chess players - simple, easy-to-use, and durable. The long lasting AA battery is included ......

$31.95 CAD


Garde Analog Championship Chess Clock

Garde Analog Championship Chess Clock

The Garde Analog Chess Clock is the gold standard in wood! It was the last analog clock used in a World Championship match – by Garry Kasparov of...

$115.00 CAD


DGT 960 Compact Digital Chess Clock - Red Black

DGT 960 Compact Digital Chess Clock - Red Black

A foldable and portable red and black Digital Chess Clock!. This is the first chess clock that will automatically generate a random 960...

$53.95 CAD


DGT 3000 Digital Chess Clock

DGT 3000 Digital Chess Clock

The DGT3000 is the world’s most advanced digital chess clock. It was used in the November 2014 World Chess Championship match between Magnus...

$145.00 CAD


Garde Analog Championship Chess Clock for the Blind

Garde Analog Championship Chess Clock for the Blind

The Garde Blind Chess Clock is specifically designed for sight impaired or blind chess players. Instead of the normal glass barrier shielding the...

$155.00 CAD





Chess Timers

“Sir, the slowness of genius is hard to bear, but the slowness of mediocrity is insufferable.”
Henry Thomas Buckle


The quote by Buckle gives us some insight into the inspiration for the invention of the chess clock – first used at a tournament in Baden-Baden Germany in 1870. Over a long time these typically wooden clocks served to limit a certain number of moves to a particular time limit. The problem with this is that many players left too little time for their last several moves before “time control”. In the very little time remaining before the time control the game resembled a blitz (5 minutes per side) game. Many players felt that this lessened the quality of the game.

In response to the time control problem, players like David Bronstein of the USSR and Bobby Fischer of the USA proposed using a clock with incremental time controls – that of course only came into being with the advent of the digital clock in the late 20th century.

Today the original analog clock is typically used in chess tournaments for kids and in some club tournaments. Digital clocks are now very commonly used in rated tournaments. The wooden digital clocks provide the best of both worlds ... all sorts of possible time controls in a very attractive and classy timepiece.



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