Chess Timer Help
General Timing Controls Display Settings
Match Data Penalties
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Our Chess Timer lets chess players use a Laptop or Notebook computer as a full-featured professional chess clock / chess timer, when playing chess face-to-face. It's available FREE online, or as
a download for a fee ( details ). Features include . . .
The Chess Timer's default settings makes it easy for beginning chess players to immediately start using the timer. Expert chess players can quickly invoke World Chess Federation FIDE
timing features that include sudden death, overtime, Bronstein delays, and Fischer delays. Display settings can also be optimized for 'blitz' or 'long' chess matches, by adjusting the time limits, showing 1/10ths of a second and or hiding the
seconds display. Learn about its accuracy.
You can operate TimeMe's Chess Timer with your mouse or keyboard keys. The match move time data can be brought into Excel or Word using simple copy and paste.
The Chess Timer is designed to time a chess match when playing chess face-to-face, exactly like a mechanical or digital chess clock would. It records the time of each player's moves, but does not record what piece is
moved. The timer shows the player's name, current time, and optionally the move count and average move time. While the timer is running you can show and adjust the Display Settings and view the Match Data below the time display. You
can view and adjust the Timing Controls when the Chess Timer is stopped. The main display looks like . . .
The current player's time is shown in color (user selectable), the other player's time in gray. The current player's time can be displayed larger, as shown above.
The buttons are the heart of the Chess Timer. Each button can be clicked by mouse, touch screen, or by a keyboard key. The keyboard key for a button is shown below the button. The Spacebar makes a good Switch key
as it is the largest key and is easily accessible by both players.
Start / Pause / Resume - Controls the flow of the timer.
Switch - Switches timing from one player to the other.
End / Reset - Ends match, and Resets timer for next match.
Under the buttons are links to panels for Timing Controls, Display Settings, Match Data and applying Penalties. Click the link to display the panel. Click
on the panel to hide it.
White vs Black
The Chess Timer makes no reference to white or back pieces. Instead the sides are labeled Player 1 and Player 2, or the player names you have entered. Traditionally the player with the white pieces starts. You
can use the Switch button to select whether player 1 or 2 starts, thus insuring the white side is the starting player.
The timing controls set the timing aspects of the chess match. Click 'Timing Controls' link to view them. Click to save and hide the
controls. These controls are automatically saved in Cookies for you. Panel looks like . . .
The timing controls are independent and can be used in combinations. The 'Moves' and 'Give Odds' timing controls are ignored if there is no 'Time Limit' set for the game. To disable a timing control, leave its field
blank or zero. Leaving the 'Time Limit' field blank, will cause the timer to count up from zero, thus allowing for a match with no time limit ( up to 100 hours).
With the Time Delay you can not gain time. For example, if you have a 5 second Time Delay, and you move in 3 seconds, your move time will be recorded as 0 seconds. If you move in 7 seconds, your move time will be
recorded as 2 seconds.
With the Time Increment you can gain time. For example, if you have a 10 second Time Increment, and you move in 6 seconds, your move time will be recorded as -4 seconds ( 6 - 10 ), thus effectively giving you an extra 4
seconds in match time. If you move in 12 seconds, your move time will be recorded as 2 seconds, and not the 12 seconds you spent during your move.
The 'Default' link resets the Timing Controls and Display Settings for the timer.
The display settings adjust how the Chess Timer looks. These settings can be changed while the timer is running or not. Click 'Display Settings' link to view them. Click
to save and hide the settings. These settings are saved in Cookies for you. Panel looks like . . .