Sheffield Individual Championships Deadline Extended

Deadline for entries is now Saturday 24th October

Sheffield Individual Tournaments

Geoff Brown is organising the Sheffield Individual Championships this year.

These will be played as six-round Swiss tournaments spread out over the coming season, with one game scheduled every four to six weeks. In the case of insufficient entries then sections may be combined or a different format may be used.

ENTRY IS FREE

Please send your entry, including
full name
grading reference(s)
postal address
telephone number
email address
date of birth (Juniors only)

6 Shoreham Road, Moorgate, Rotherham S60 3EF
phone: O17O9 837596 mobile: O7931 563787
gd_brown@hotmail.co.uk

Guide for using the new digital clocks

Apologies, I don’t know how to get images onto here, so this is all text, but hopefully it’s quite straightforward. There are various different settings the new clocks (the burgundy coloured ones) can be used on (there is a list on the bottom of the clocks), but to keep it simple I have just listed below how to get them ready for a Sheffield League match time.

The on / off button is on the bottom of the clock, press that.

A number should appear on the front of the clock. This should be number 5. If it is not number 5, use the + or – buttons on the left of the front of the clock to move this number either up or down. Then press the tick button on the front of the clock.

If it is number 5, then press the tick button on the right of the front of the clock. This will then take you through to the time settings. These should be correct, so all you have to do is keep pressing the tick button to take you through, it will move through two lots of 1.00.00, then show 2 x 15.00, which is the additional time. Keep pressing tick until the clock shows the 1.00 on both sides.

After each of the two times, there is a little symbol – one black and one clear, to show colours. Use the top grey bar (the bit you press when you have played your move) to make sure the black is lined up with the black colours and the clear with the white (this depends on which side of the table you are placing your clock).

It’s then ready to go. To start the clock press the ‘play pause’ button on the front in the centre. The 15 minutes will be added to both clocks when the first clock reaches zero, so it is up to you to make sure your opponent has reached 30 moves by this point.

Switch off when finished, button on bottom of clock.

Anyone who wants any further instruction, just let me know.

Sheffield Individual Tournaments

Sheffield Individual Tournaments

Geoff Brown is organising the Sheffield Individual Championships this year.  

These will be played as six-round Swiss tournaments spread out over the coming season, with one game scheduled every four to six weeks. In the case of insufficient entries then sections may be combined or a different format may be used.

ENTRY IS FREE
Entries are now invited. Closing date is 15th October 2015

Please send your entry, including
full name
grading reference(s)
postal address
telephone number
email address
date of birth (Juniors only)

6 Shoreham Road, Moorgate, Rotherham S60 3EF
phone: O17O9 837596    mobile: O7931 563787
gd_brown@hotmail.co.uk

Draft chess clock text guide.

Warning, this is very much a first draft.  Before I can do a second better draft, I’ll need to see people trying to use this guide and the video, so I can find out which bits people find unclear, and what kind of mistakes people make when trying to use the clocks.

 

Using the digital clocks.

Pause

The pause button is the rightmost of the four on the front, labelled pause.

Press this button once to pause the clock. To restart it, you can press the pause button or either of the two buttons on top. However, if the current player does this their move will end.

To avoid ending a player’s move accidentally, always terminate pause using the pause button.

During pause mode, the light on the top button will go off.

Holding the pause button down for at least three seconds resets the clock’s mode. Don’t do this during a match.

Moves

This is the button immediately to the left of the pause button.

Holding this button down displays the current move number on the left screen, but doesn’t stop the clock. There isn’t much need to do this during a match.

It is possible to disable the move counter, but we shouldn’t ever need to do that.

Four way control pad

This is the round button under the left screen. It can be used to select the timer mode.

The options, listed on the underside of the clock, are

  1. Hourglass
  2. Blitz
  3. Tournament
  4. Fischer
  5. Bronstein
  6. Game
  7. User

To use this, first hold the pause button down for three seconds, then use the arrows to navigate though the options.

Up and down move through the suboptions for each mode, also listed on the underside. Left and right move through the modes, or through the mode settings if in a submenu.

The current mode is displayed at the bottom left of the left screen. Be careful, on this display the letter B looks like a number 8.

If the edit button is pressed, pressing the left and right arrows will decrease or increase the value currently selected.

Timing modes

Hourglass

For every second you spend thinking, a second is added to your opponents time, and vice versa.

Blitz

Standard blitz play. The default is five minutes, but other options can be selected through the control pad.

Tournament

Standard match play. It’s possible to have up to three phases of play, but we only need two.

Fischer

A set amount of time is allotted for each move. If a player moves faster than this, the remaining time is added to their clock. The clock can be set to add time before or after each move.

Bronstein

This is similar to Fischer, but it’s not possible for a player’s total time available to increase.

Game + Word

When a player’s time is expired, the clock will start to count up. This is not useful for chess.

User

Modified versions of any of the standard options, picked by the user.

Edit an existing setting as desired, then press store. Using the up and down arrows to select slot 7A, 7B, or 7C, then press store again.

It’s possible to create asymmetric settings – e.g, giving one player 10 minutes and the other 30 – but we will seldom need to do this.

Sliders.

There are two sliders on the underside of the clock. The one on the right turns it on and off, but can also turn the light and sound off.

The slider on the left can be set to ‘modify’, allowing settings to be edited, or to ‘lock’, preventing settings from being edited. Normally, it should be set to lock.