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Clocks--Losing on time

From:   Jason Lee
Date:   11 March 2004
Subject:   Losing on time
Forum:   GammOnLine

How often do people lose on time in clocked BG (let's say without any
really unusual extenuating circumstances)? Have you ever seen it happen?
Contrast Bronstein vs. non-Bronstein.


Gregg Cattanach  writes:

Our club uses clocks for all matches in our weekly tournaments. The matches
are 5, 7 or 9 points at 30, 42 or 50 minutes (we shortened the time limit
for the 9 pointers just a bit to help finish by midnight).

Probably on average there are 12-20 matches played each night and we play 5
nights a month. I would say that we might see one match with a time penalty
every 3 months (and that penalty may not have decided the match).

It really is a very rare occurrence.

Gregg C.

Daniel Murphy  writes:

"Saemisch, Friedrich (1896-1975). Loser of more games of chess on time than
any other master. In one tournament he lost all 13 games on time. He once
spent 45 minutes before making his first move, got in time trouble and
lost. In another event he lost a game on time in 13 moves. The time control
was 45 minutes in 2 1/2 hours."

World Cup 1996. "There was a match in, I believe, the 1996 World Cup, where
Kit Woolsey had 25 minutes left on his clock while his opponent had only 4.
Kit slotted with an opening ace, leading to a long and complex game and his
opponent's lack of time did become a deciding factor." (Gregg Cattanach in

Paris Masters 2000. Best of three to 11, time control 55 minutes. In a
semifinal Donald Kahn (who later won the tournament) ran out of time in one
match but won with a gin position.

Paris Masters 2001. 23-point match, time control 5min*p + 10min (I think).
Jorgen Granstedt beat Denis Jersov in the final. Jersov was short on time
entering what turned out to be the final game. Granstedt voluntarily
adopted a time-consuming backgame and won. If Granstedt had lost the game,
Jersov would have lost the match on time in the following game.

Czech Open 2001. Best of three to 9, TC 54 minutes each, 6 minutes extra to
offender only, 6 minutes extra to both players at DMP. In a quarterfinal
between Mike Svobodny and Asger Kring, both players were short on time in
one match at 3-away all. Asger wrote up the match later in the Danish
forum, discussing how the clock influenced strategy from 3-away all.

Swiss Championship 2003. In a quarterfinal, one player ran out of time but
won with a gin position (decided by a tournament committee).
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