Fischer clock

A Fischer clock is a type of time limit on a chess clock named after Bobby Fischer, who championed the idea. With a Fischer clock setting, each player gets some extra time for each move. In a slow game, you might get 30 seconds extra for each move, and in a rapid play even it might be only 3 seconds. The idea is that the Fischer clock avoids the kind of drop-dead “time trouble” issues where a player completely runs out of time. Those sorts of situations mean that the opponent can just play for time, and almost completely ignore what’s actually happening on the board.

Fischer settings are widely adopted now that digital clocks are the only type of chess clock around (remember the analogue chess clocks?). Many official tournaments now use Fischer settings and all modern chess clocks have them built-in.

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