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Chess Clocks

Quartz Tournament Chess Clock

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Chess Clocks

Chess clocks, an essential component of competitive chess, offer a unique blend of functionality and aesthetics. They are designed to track the time each player spends on their moves, ensuring a fair and challenging game environment. The history of chess clocks dates back to the late 19th century, with their adoption becoming a standard in tournaments by the 1950s to address excessively long games. Today, chess clocks have evolved from simple mechanical devices to sophisticated digital gadgets, catering to a range of preferences and budgets.

History and Significance

The first known use of chess clocks was in an 1883 tournament in London, featuring dual timekeeping mechanisms to regulate each player's thinking time. This innovation marked a pivotal moment in chess history, introducing a new dynamic to the game by adding pressure and a strategic element related to time management. Over the decades, chess clocks have become a staple in competitive play, with significant advancements in technology enhancing their accuracy and reliability.

Tumbling chess clock

Materials and Designs

Wooden Chess Clocks

Crafted from light and dark wood, these chess clocks combine traditional aesthetics with functionality. They are prized for their craftsmanship and the natural beauty of the wood, making them a preferred choice for players who appreciate classic designs.

Plastic Chess Clocks

Available in a variety of colours including cream, clear, blue, black, and amber, plastic chess clocks offer durability and affordability. They are lightweight, making them easily portable for tournaments and casual play.

Digital Chess Clocks

Featuring models such as the DGT 2010 Professional, DGT 3000 Game Timer, DGT 10104 EASY PLUS, and DGT 10168 EASY, digital chess clocks provide precision and versatility. With functionalities including multiple time controls and settings for different game types, they cater to both professional and recreational players.

Brands and Styles


DGT stands at the forefront of digital chess clock technology, offering a range of models that cater to various levels of play. From the professional-grade DGT 2010 to the user-friendly DGT EASY series, DGT clocks are known for their reliability and advanced features.


Turnier chess clocks, available in both wooden and plastic materials, are recognized for their sturdy construction and timeless designs. They embody the traditional spirit of chess while providing the essential functionality required for competitive play.

Quartz Tournament Chess Clock

The Quartz Tournament Chess Clock offers simplicity and efficiency, with a clear display and easy-to-use settings. It is an affordable option for those seeking reliability without the need for advanced features.

Aesthetic Value and Cultural References

Chess clocks not only serve a practical purpose but also add to the aesthetic appeal of the chess setup. Their design and material can complement the style of the chess pieces and board, creating a cohesive and attractive ensemble. The involvement of chess clocks in popular culture, notably in the acclaimed TV show "The Queen's Gambit," has further highlighted their aesthetic value and significance in the game of chess. This exposure has introduced a wider audience to the beauty and intricacy of chess clocks, enhancing their appeal as both functional devices and decorative objects.


Whether you're a professional player, a casual enthusiast, or a collector, our range of chess clocks offers something for everyone. From the timeless elegance of wooden clocks to the cutting-edge features of digital models, each piece combines form and function to enhance your chess experience. Explore our selection to find the perfect chess clock that matches your style and needs, and elevate your game with this essential chess accessory.

FAQ: Chess Clocks

What is a chess clock?

A chess clock consists of two adjacent clocks with buttons to stop one clock while starting the other, ensuring each player only uses their own time during a game. It’s used to monitor each player's remaining time, making games more competitive and fair.

Why use a chess clock?

Chess clocks introduce a time management element, requiring players to make moves within a certain period. This prevents excessively long games and adds a strategic layer to chess, balancing the need for thoughtful play against the constraints of time.

How do I set up a chess clock?

Setting up a chess clock varies by type. For mechanical clocks, wind the clock first, then set each clock to the desired time and start the game by pressing the button on top. For digital clocks, follow the manufacturer's instructions to set the time controls and features according to your game's needs.

What's the difference between analogue and digital chess clocks?

Analog (or mechanical) clocks have a classic design with physical dials and hands to display time. Digital clocks feature LCD screens, offering precision and the ability to set various time controls and delays. Digital models are more versatile but also typically more expensive.

Can I use a chess clock for games other than chess?

Absolutely! Chess clocks can be used for any two-player game where time tracking is desired, such as Scrabble, checkers, or Go. They're particularly useful in competitive or tournament settings.

How do I choose between wooden, plastic, and digital chess clocks?

Your choice depends on your preferences and needs. Wooden clocks offer a classic, elegant look, plastic clocks are durable and cost-effective, and digital clocks provide precision and advanced features for serious play. Consider your budget, the level of play, and whether aesthetic appeal is important to you.

Are there different time controls for chess games?

Chess employs various time controls, namely classical, rapid, and blitz. In classical games, players typically have 1 to 2 hours for all moves, while rapid games allot 15 to 60 minutes per player. Blitz games intensify the pace further, with players having less than 15 minutes each. Digital chess clocks facilitate the setup of these time controls and may incorporate increments or delays to extend time after each move.

How do digital chess clocks work?

Digital chess clocks use electronic means to keep time and can include features like time delay, increment per move, multiple time controls for different phases of the game, and memory settings for frequently used time controls.

What maintenance do chess clocks require?

Mechanical clocks may need occasional winding and should be kept clean and away from extreme temperatures. Digital clocks require battery changes but generally need less maintenance. Always refer to the manufacturer's guidelines for specific care instructions.

Can a chess clock affect my game strategy?

Yes, managing your time effectively is a crucial aspect of chess strategy. Good time management can pressure your opponent and potentially lead to mistakes on their part. Conversely, mismanaging your time can force you into rushed decisions, negatively impacting your game.