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    CC FIDE Master
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    Jan 2006

    20 seconds chess ultra bullet

    In England the following tournament is about to be held: 20 seconds chess.

    The standard rules of chess apply.
    However in 20 Seconds Chess the new 20/20 rule also applies.
    The 20/20 rule is as follows:
    1) Both players start with 20 seconds on the clock (20/20)
    2) When the game commences and the clock starts, White’s clock reduces in time and Black’s clock increases in time
    3) When White has moved and pressed the clock, Blacks clock starts reduces in time and White’s clock increases and so on.
    4) If either side runs out of time...they LOSE the game.

    Could this ever catch on? I'm not sure what to think. Maybe Melbourne CC could try it in an event?

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    Monster of the deep Kevin Bonham's Avatar
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    This is the same kind of time control (but nine times faster!) as the 3 minute "hourglass blitz" tournament held at the TCA's Carlton Beach camp recently (report here.)

    I'm not sure if it really merits the label "ultra bullet", as in some ways it might be less demanding. In bullet, you really have to make your average move within about two or three seconds, but in 20 second hourglass between strong players, it's possible the players would often take 10-15 seconds on a move.

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