Chess Clocks


Chess clocks consist of two adjacent clocks and buttons to stop one clock while starting the other, such that the two component clocks never run simultaneously. Game 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.

Often in chess tournaments, the player of the black pieces can make the decision as to what side of the chess board he or she would like the clock to be placed. But their use has since been adopted for tournament Scrabble, Shogi, Go, and nearly every competitive two-player board game, as well as other types of games such as Magic: The Gathering Online. The first time that game clocks were used in a chess tournament was London, 1883.

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 clock for the entire game.

The players may take more or less time over any individual move. The opening moves in chess are often played quickly, which leaves the players more time to consider more complex and unfamiliar positions later. It is not rare in slow chess games for a player to leave the table, but the clock of the absent player continues to run if it is his turn, or starts to run if his opponent makes a move.


BHB chess clocks have been a standard for years. Made in Germnay, the easy to use functionality combined with its’ reliability has made it a favorite choice for players. BHB offers both wood and plastic cases in a variety of attractive colors. Click on the BHB clock to visit the site.