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arosar
20-01-2005, 12:25 PM
In his current column, Gijssen notes that there are presently only 2 FIDE approved chess clocks: the old DGT2000's and the new DGT XLs. What if a tournament uses a non-approved clock, say, Saitek (such as the last Congress in NZ)? Are there any kind of penalties (e.g. no FIDE rating, etc)?

Cheers,

AR

Oepty
20-01-2005, 01:14 PM
It appears to me that FIDE have decided that they need to endorse clocks, and that the two clocks you have mentioned are endorsed. Despite this they still have to work out alot of the other details regarding what it means to endorse a clock and not endorse. Perhaps they are recommending, not requiring certain clocks be used but it is really a bit of a guess on my part.
Scott

arosar
20-01-2005, 03:12 PM
Actually, speaking of clocks, I've just seen one of the most unusual chess clocks ever. They're in Parr's shop. Basically, there's two round clocks sitting side-by-side. The buttons are sort of on the side of each clock rather than on top. These are supposed to be vintage clocks and extremely rare.

AR

Denis_Jessop
20-01-2005, 08:20 PM
In his current column, Gijssen notes that there are presently only 2 FIDE approved chess clocks: the old DGT2000's and the new DGT XLs. What if a tournament uses a non-approved clock, say, Saitek (such as the last Congress in NZ)? Are there any kind of penalties (e.g. no FIDE rating, etc)?

Cheers,

AR

From memory, Gijssen has also spoken in the past of being arbiter at tournaments where other brands of digital clock were used. My understanding (which may be wrong) is that FIDE endorsement of a clock means that players cannot challenge the use of the clock in a tournament. Apparently also clocks other than DGT all have some feature that is not the best such as one's not being able to tell which side of the clock is running when the clock is viewed from behind.

Denis Jessop