Endorsement of electronic chess clocks, message from the Chairman of the Technical Commission, Mr. Werner Stubenvoll Print
Tuesday, 21 December 2004 00:00
The FIDE Technical Commission in its meeting during the Congress of Calvia, Mallorca, dealt with three applications for FIDE endorsement of the following electronic chess clocks.
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For the future FIDE will establish a clear procedure for endorsement of chess clocks, which shall be presented for the final approval at the FIDE Congress 2005. Part of this is already included in the "Standards of chess equipment and tournament venues for FIDE tournaments" approved by the 2004 Congress. For the time being only the chess clocks “DGT 2000” and “DGT XL” are endorsed by FIDE Technical Commission.

The FIDE Technical Commission in its meeting during the Congress of Calvia, Mallorca, dealt with three applications for FIDE endorsement of the following electronic chess clocks.

1) Chess timer “Silver” from Germany
The clock functions well when used in "Fischer mode."
During testing in Calvia it was found that in the mode for classical chess – 40 moves in 2 hours, 20 moves in 1 hour and then 30 minutes to finish the game – the flag sign is shown only if one of the players oversteps the time limit. Therefore the chess timer “Silver” was not endorsed by FIDE and the producers were asked to update the software. Fide awaits a new application for endorsement through the new endorsement procedures.

2) Chess clock “LISA” from Czech Republic.
There was only a report from one tournament observed by the chairman of FIDE Technical Commission. Therefore the producers were asked to submit some more units of the clock and to have more investigations by several International Arbiters. Fide awaits a new application for endorsement through the new endorsement procedures.

3) Chess clock "Phileon".
FIDE Technical Commission rejected the application for endorsement.
The main reasons were:
Flag fall in Fischer mode: if the stop button is not pressed, the clocks keep running.
30 seconds increment is only added when the opponent starts the clock.
Time corrections are very complicated.

For the future FIDE will establish a clear procedure for endorsement of chess clocks, which shall be presented for the final approval at the FIDE Congress 2005. Part of this is already included in the "Standards of chess equipment and tournament venues for FIDE tournaments" approved by the 2004 Congress.

For the time being only the chess clocks “DGT 2000” and “DGT XL” are endorsed by FIDE Technical Commission.

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >Werner Stubenvoll
Chairman of FIDE Technical Commission

 
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