Lightning chess

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Feb 4 18:03:52 UTC 2008

I agree with Benjamin, although not from personal experience, that
lightning chess would be with a short time for each player, not per
move; that would fit the operation of the standard analog chess
clock.  (Not being of the modern world, I don't know if there are
(electronic) chess clocks that can limit time per move; they would
certainly also have to keep track of total time per player.)

Benjamin wrote in his first message
>Wikipedia ( confirms that
>playing with time per player is not the most common form of lightning chess.
Is there a typo here, and what was meant is "time per *move* is not
the most common"?


At 2/4/2008 02:49 AM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>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
>>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
>The American Dialect Society -

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