Letter #30 - 2003
8/27/2003 10:00:03 AM MDT
I consider myself a rookie regarding the Chess rules, but I would like to know what is the function of the clock that measures the time of the Chess moves.
Prior to the era of the Chess Clock, dilatory tactics were so common that in 1851 British historian Henry Bukle wrote down two chapters of his
“History of Civilization in England” while his opponent moved.
The regulation of time and the installation of clocks next to professional Chess players put an end to the "false Chess of resistance" that allowed to win not the best player, but the most resistant to sleep or fatigue.
In modern tournaments, as we all know, there is a double Chess clock beside the players. When a player moves, he presses the button of his clock which in turn activates his opponent clock. In this way, and under the supervision of the Arbiters, the distribution of time is perfectly even-handed.
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