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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.

Nomads Summer Programme

Listed below are the events planned so far for the summer period. All will begin at 7.45p.m at the Trades & Labour Club. If you have any ideas for anything that could be added to a free Tuesday to encourage people along, please contact Jeremy to arrange a date and we shall amend the list.

The club will of course continue to meet every Tuesday outside of these dates.

23rd June Club championship Part 1 (rounds 1-3)
30th June Club championship Part 2 (rounds 4-5)
14th July Handicap tournament
28th July Either games demonstration or endgame theme
1st Sep Phil Ford memorial quickplay
8th Sep Playground football event (pre-season preparation game: League conditions).

On the move

Nomads are on the move! With thanks to Eten café for their hospitality over the last year, we now head to the Trades and Labour Club, 200 Duke Street, Sheffield, S2 5QQ. It’s the first club night next week, Tuesday 19th May, when Paul has kindly agreed to repeat last year’s very successful simul. So, if you’ve not seen the venue yet come along and have a look. If you have, come along anyway 🙂 7.45pm start.

New FIDE rated congress nearby(ish)

For anyone interested, here are the details / link to the webpage of a new congress to be held in Wakefield, with a FIDE rated Open. It does unfortunately clash with Nottingham if that happens to be in your plans.

17th-19th April

Cedar Court Hotel
Denby Dale Road
Calder Grove

FIDE Rated Open
ECF Under 175
ECF Under 135


Sheffield Individual Championship: 2014-15

  • open to anyone in the S & DCA area
  • 6 rounds Swiss or all-play-all, depending on turnout
  • one game per month at Black’s or Junior’s choice of venue
  • free entry
  • playing speed: 24 moves per hour, then 12 each half hour
  • your details by text,  please, or call 07763938623 by 31 October
  • current champion: Chris Shephard
  • I would like more entries than last year, please!
  • “regulars” whom I am phoning individually need not apply separately

John Fryer