Lightning chess

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Mon Feb 4 07:49:32 UTC 2008

I have to admit, I haven't ever seen such a clock.

The only chess clocks we could afford kept track of the overall time,
not the time for each move.

I do use byo-yomi, basically a form of per-move timing, when playing go,
but do so over the Internet with computers keeping track of per-move
time. BB

Wilson Gray wrote:
> Interesting. My experience agrees with AHD4. I've never played it
> myself, but I've seen it played by others - I had a roommate who was a
> player - and a timer was used to ensure that moves were made within
> the time alloted. Most players made their moves in about three
> seconds.
> -Wilson
> On Feb 3, 2008 11:32 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at> wrote:
>> The AHD4 says that "lightning chess" means "A form of chess in which
>> each move must be completed within a very short time, usually ten seconds".
>> When I played lightning chess in the early 1980s, we played with a
>> maximum of five or ten minutes per player, not with a set time per move.
>> Wikipedia ( confirms that
>> playing with time per player is not the most common form of lightning chess.
>> Further reference is available at

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