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Keeping alive the chess clock


Chess Clock

Chess Clock

Over the period of chess history, many chess champions have learned the artful use of how to maintain the chess clock.  One can not become a master in chess unless they learn how to manage the chess clock.  You may be timed on some moves or you can have all the time in the world.  The truth is if you really wants to be one of the true chess champions, you had better learn the skill of managing the chess clock.

The chess clock consists of two adjacent clocks and buttons to stop one clock while starting the other, such that the two component chess clocks never run simultaneously. Chess clocks are used in two-player games where the players move in turn. The purpose is to keep track of the total time each player takes for his or her own moves, and ensure that neither player overly delays the game.

True chess champions know how to use the chess clock to their advantage.  Chess champions may make fast moves early in the game which leaves the players more time to consider more complex and unfamiliar positions later.  A true chess champions knows how to manage the clock so they save the most time until the end of the game when it is really needed.  The chess clock will always be keeping the time, even after they have stopped the chess clock.
The simplest time control is “sudden death”, in which players must make a predetermined number of moves in a certain amount of time or forfeit immediately. A particularly popular variant in informal play is blitz chess, in which each player is given five minutes on the chess clock for the entire game.  True chess champions have played in this situation and know what moves they need to make in order to maintain a winning edge over their opponent,

Some chess champions will lure their opponent into a situation where they know they will be at an advantage.  They might appear weak to throw off their opponent and then towards the end of the game, make some masterful moves to gain control over the game and the chess clock.
Sometimes chess champions will deliberately take time off the chess clock.  They might do this in situations where they know their opponent well and know how fast of a game it can be.  It may be a fast game if both people are looking for dominance.  But to the contrary, some of the biggest chess champions will take the game slowly, watching the board and laying out strategy perfectly.  Knowing where you stand on the game clock is important ink nowing how to create great strategy.

So if one wants to be considered a true chess champion, one must play hundreds of games against ranked opponents.  The better you play and the more you win, the more points you will accrue and the higher you will climb on the leader boards.  Only when you reach a certain point of chess mastery will you become one of the true chess champions.

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