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Introduction: What is a Chess Clock and What is its Purpose?

A chess clock is a tool designed to control how much time can be allocated to a game. This is because some games can get so complicated that players can take hours to figure out what move to make. Who wants to wait endlessly trying to get their opponent to move? The chess clock acts as a boundary.

Should you Get Analog Or Digital?

An example of a analog chess clock



Whether to get an analog chess clock or a digital chess clock is ultimately a matter of personal preference. A digital chess clock will be easier on the eyes as it will be clear how many minutes and seconds you have left.

An Example of a digital Chess Clock

However, it can be harder to program as there can be so many program settings to go through. An analog chess clock is, from my experience, much easier to program as all you need to do is spin the winding mechanism to the desired time control.
For example, If you were to have the minutes and seconds hand set at the 3 o’clock position, then you would have one hour for the whole game. If the clock looked like the time was set at 3:50, then you would have only 10 minutes. Analog chess clocks are also cheaper since there aren’t as many moving parts or electronic mechanisms.

My Recommendations:

If I had to choose between an analog chess clock and a digital chess clock, I would give the slight edge to a digital chess clock. Apart from a digital chess clock being more precise with timing, it is very flexible to program in terms of time delay and is rather pretty to look at, especially the digital chess clocks made of wood. My favorite digital chess clock is the Chronos GX Digital Game Clock Touch Version and for analog chess clocks, I really like the Diamond Quartz. When I played in tournaments and in club settings, the Chronos clock was really easy to use and the touch sensor made it so that you didn’t have to slam your hands or your pieces when pushing your side to signal the opponent’s turn. Both are super easy to transport due to their small size, durability, and reliability.


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5 replies
  1. Khayyam Ishaq
    Khayyam Ishaq says:


    I think you have explained the clocks well, as play little chess and it’s usually online. I would tend to sway for the digital clock version like you said it is easier to set up.

    Are there any really good tutorials out there to improve chess play for beginners?

    I would love to brush up on my skills.



    • Elan
      Elan says:

      My favorite site to improve your chess skills is have a lot of great videos on the site that are aimed at beginners where you can start slow and take your time with what you want to learn. I am in the process of setting up my chess coaching program so stick around for that!

  2. Bibian
    Bibian says:

    That’s a wonderful short self explanatory review you’ve published, I never knew there’s something like cheese clock. I used to play chess a lot before but always hooked up at work and had not enough leisure time. For me the digital clock is nice and standard, precise everything is going digital now.

    • Elan
      Elan says:

      Hey Bibian, I like to keep things KISS; Keep it short and simple! There are a lot of great digital chess clocks out there and let me know if you need any recommendations. I will be happy to send you in the right direction!


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