An important indicator in determining the quality of a chess or checkers game, is time. At all times chess and drafts player that plays not only effective, but quickly has always enjoyed the respect and recognition of his peers. With the development of chess and checkers games, the question arose about the time control, as some players played in losing positions slowly, deliberately harassing his counterpart.
Known interesting fact from the history of the game, when both players in the international tournament in 1851 fell asleep behind the game. This event has caused outrage in chess circles and two years on the game Gurvitz-Levental for the first time the party was limited by time.
For a long time used the usual hourglass and mechanical. However, things are changing and soon the fashion hourglass changed. Already in 1883 by Thomas bright Wilson invented the first chess and checkers watch. And in 1889 they were improved by adding a check box, the idea of which was filed by D. B. Meyer. In 1900 the mechanical watch has reached perfection. Then changed only the exterior design.
Chess and checkers watches have a view non-standard hours, which we used to see. They have 2 of the dial and divided into each player. They work only when you press the button that triggers the timing of the player, thus showing that his turn. Crimean chess and checkers Museum has a collection of mechanical watches 1962 release. They are made of wood. These exhibits were in the Crimea, thanks to the efforts of the head of the world draughts Federation FMJD Alexander Lehmann.
Author Yulia Semenova
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