Saitek chess Specifications

KEYS AND FEATURES
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Timing Activator Buttons
Press to start your opponent’s clock after you have selected a timing option or
after you have adjusted the time and/or number of moves on the clock. Press
your opponent’s button to restart the clock from PAUSE mode.
Battery Compartment
Located on the base of the unit. Simply slide off the lid and insert 2 C size
batteries according to the polarity symbols marked inside the compartment.
The batteries provide around 600 hours’ operating time.
LEDs
Light up to show which side is currently playing. They also flash on the
appropriate side when a player’s time is up.
ADJUST and SET Keys
To adjust the time and/or number of moves during a game or while setting the
User timing option, press PAUSE followed by ADJUST. You can then press
ADJUST, followed by SET to adjust and confirm the time and/or number of
moves for each segment of the LCDs.
Timing Option Keys (HOURGLASS, BLITZ, TOURNAMENT, BONUS
TIMER, GAME, BRONSTEIN)
Press to select the timing or preset timer option of your choice.
User Timing Option Key (USER)
Press to concoct your own personalized timing method (see Section 1.2.7).
NEXT/MOVE NO.
Press to check the number of moves made so far during a game (watch the
left hand LCD). The clock keeps running while you are checking your moves
and the countdown display returns when you release the key.
When selecting the Tournament timing option, pressing this key allows you
to cycle through the primary, secondary and tertiary stages of each preset
timer method so that you can see how many minutes you have to complete a
set number of moves during each stage of the game.
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PAUSE
Press to temporarily stop the clock. Press the appropriate Timing Activator
button to restart the countdown. Press for 3 seconds to reset the clocks and use
the same timing method again. Then press one of the Timing Activator buttons
to start one of the clocks.
MODIFY/LOCK
This switch is located on the base of the clock. To adjust the remaining time or
number of moves during a game, make sure that the switch is set to “Modify”
(see ADJUST and SET in point 4 of this section). You cannot change them
when it is switched to “Lock”.
ACL
Located on the front panel. If static discharge causes the clock to “lock up”,
press a paper clip or another sharp object into the ACL opening for at least 2
seconds. This clears the memory and resets the clock to the “Blitz” default
setting.
STOP/GO/SOUND OFF
Located on the bottom of the unit. Slide to “Sound Off” to play without sound
effects. Slide to “Stop” to switch off. Your remaining time and number of moves
are saved in the memory and you can resume at any time by sliding the switch
back to “Go” and pressing the appropriate Timing Activator button.
NAME PLATE
Personalize your Game Clock by attaching your name to the back.
SAFETY BRACKET
Fix the bracket to the unit and chain your clock down to prevent theft. The
bracket can be hidden away inside the clock when not in use.
TIMER OPTIONS REFERENCE GUIDE
A list of all the available timing methods is printed underneath the clock base to
help you choose which one to select.
LCDs
ADD BEFORE
ADD BEFORE
ADD AFTER
ADD AFTER
MOVE
MOVE
HOUR
GLASS
BLITZ
BONUS
TIMER
BRONSTEIN
GAME
PRIMARY
SECONDARY
TERTIARY
TOURNAMENT
d. Timing Phase Arrow
An arrow appears on the right hand LCD to show you which
phase of the tournament timing methods you are in (whether
PRIMARY, SECONDARY or TERTIARY).
e. Low Battery Symbol
The low battery symbol
appears on each LCD to warn you
that you only have up to 20 hours operating time left. Replace
the batteries as soon as possible.
f. ADD BEFORE/ADD AFTER
When you’re playing a Bonus Timer game, these segments of
the LCD light up to show you whether time is added to your
opponent’s clock after you have made your move (TIME
BEFORE) or to your own clock after you have completed your
move (TIME AFTER). When using the Bronstein method, time is
always added after, and the TIME AFTER indicator does not
appear on the LCD in this case.
g. Flashing 00.00
As soon as a player’s time is up, you will see four flashing zeros
on the corresponding LCD along with the non-flashing “time’s
up” symbol:
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Two large digital clock-style LCDs - one for each player - show
the following information at a glance:
a. Countdown Time
The amount of time left on each player’s clock is displayed in
hours and minutes (HH:MM) or minutes and seconds (MM:SS).
To help you to distinguish between hour and minute and minute
and second readings, there is no 0 in front of the hour if the
reading is in hours and minutes. Conversely, if there are 5
minutes or less on the clock, there will be a 0 in front of the
minute.
b. Number of Moves
The current number of moves appears on the left hand side
LCD when you press and hold NEXT/MOVE NO..
c. Timing Method Selection Arrow
The timing method you have selected will be shown by a
triangle pointing to the appropriate name, printed below the LCD
(HOUR GLASS, BLITZ, BONUS TIMER, BRONSTEIN or
GAME).
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INTRODUCTION
SECTION ONE: OPERATING GAME CLOCK
Congratulations on your purchase of Saitek’s multi-featured
Game Clock. We are proud to bring you a product that not only
monitors and enhances your performance in chess, but which adds
an extra element of enjoyment to all the performance-related board
games you play, whether checkers, word games or trivia games.
Introducing a time factor adds an extra challenge to your game by
allowing you to practise making the most polished moves in the
shortest time possible. Game Clock offers a variety of different
timing options. Read on to gain a better idea of how your Game
Clock works and how to time your games.
1.1 Inserting/replacing the batteries
The battery compartment is located on the base of the clock.
Make sure that the STOP/GO/SOUND OFF switch on the botton of
the unit is set to “Stop”. Slide off the lid and insert/replace 2 C size
batteries, making sure you match the +/- signs on the batteries with
the corresponding markings inside the compartment. Sliding the lid
back into place to close the compartment.
Slide the STOP/GO/SOUND OFF switch on the bottom of the
unit to “Go”. The Clock automatically defaults to the “Blitz” timing
option, which is shown by an arrow on the LCD pointing to “BLITZ”.
Both the left and right LCDs will have the same amount of time on
the clock: 5 minutes, displayed as “05.00”.
Just look at all these special features!
• Large LCDs show clocks, selected timing option, current
move number, low batteries and much more!
• A choice of 6 timing options consists of a total of 21 preset
timer options. Plus, you can also design your own timing
methods for each of the 6 main options!
• LEDs light up to show you which side is playing and flash
when the time is up
• Name plate for Game Clock customization!
• Concealable anti-theft bracket
• Time and move number adjustment during a game
• Switch off at any time. Game Clock saves your game in its
memory until you switch on and start playing again by
pressing the appropriate Timing Activator button. (Note,
pressing the ACL or removing the batteries for several
seconds clears the memory).
• A choice between sound effects and silent operation
1.2 Selecting a timing option
If you don’t wish to play a game using the Blitz timing method,
use the Timing Option Keys to select another timing option (see
Sections 1.2.1 to 1.2.7 for descriptions of the timing options). When
you have selected your preferred option, simply decide who will
move first. If you are the first to move, press your opponent’s
Timing Activator button to start your clock. An LED lights up on the
appropriate LCD to remind you which side is playing. Press your
Timing Activator button as soon as you have completed your move.
It is now your opponent’s turn. (Reverse this procedure if your
opponent moves first.) Continue the game with each player
pressing his/her Timing Activator button after making a move.
To check the current number of moves, press MOVE NO./NEXT
(see Section 1.5 for details). To stop the clocks temporarily at any
time, press PAUSE. Press either of the Timing Activator buttons to
restart the clocks from Pause without adding free time or extra time
(for the next stage) (see Section 1.4 for details). To adjust the time
and/or move number during the game, see Section 1.3.
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As soon as one side runs out of time, 00.00 flashes on the
corresponding LCD, along with the relevant LED. If the sound is
on, you will also hear a sequence of beeps to remind you that the
time is up. The winner is the player who still has time on the clock.
on the clock for each timing option will appear on the LCDs. As
soon as you have decided which option to choose, press the
appropriate Timing Activator button to start either your own or your
opponent’s clock, depending on who is playing first.
To play again, press and hold PAUSE for 3 seconds or more.
Then you can choose whether to play a game with the same timing
option or choose another timing option. To select another timing
option, use the Timing Option Keys. Whoever plays first simply
presses the opponent’s Timing Activator button to start the clock. If
the Low Battery Symbol appears at any time, we recommend that
you replace the batteries (see Section 1.1 for details).
To play a game using another timing method, press one of the
Timing Option keys (HOURGLASS, TOURNAMENT, BONUS
TIMER, GAME, BRONSTEIN) before pressing either of the Timing
Activator buttons. To change the timing option after you have
pressed either of the Timing Activator buttons, press PAUSE for 3
seconds to reset the clocks before pressing one of the other Timing
Option keys.
1.2.1 Blitz Timing
1.2.2 Hourglass Timing
If you are happy to play a game using the Blitz timing method,
simply press the opponent’s Timing Activator button to start the
clock. In a game of Blitz, each player has five minutes to complete
all his/her moves. Under this general Blitz option, you also have a
choice of 6 preset timer methods, in which you have more time to
complete your moves. The preset timer options are as follows:
In a game using the hourglass timing method, your opponent’s
thinking time increases as your own thinking time is being used up.
This makes for a doubly exciting game where you have to make
your best moves in the quickest times possible to avoid giving
more time to your opponent. If your count goes down to zero, you
have lost the game.
Timing Option
Blitz
Preset Timer Option
Blitz
Rapid
PCA Active
US Active
Action
Timing Option
Hourglass
Time Limit per Game
Preset Timer Option
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b)
5 minutes
15 minutes
25 minutes
30 minutes
60 minutes
Initial Time Limit
1 minute
10 minutes
To play a game using the Hourglass timing method, press
HOURGLASS. A triangle pointing to HOURGLASS appears on the
LCD to show that you have selected this option. By pressing
HOURGLASS you have automatically selected the first Hourglass
preset timer option and the amount of time you have on the clock
appears on the LCDs (in this case, 1 minute).
The first display you see shows 5 minutes on each clock. To
choose one of the preset timer options, press BLITZ repeatedly
before you start the game to cycle through the options, from Blitz to
Rapid through to Action and so on. The amount of time you have
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Preset Timer Method a)
To play a game using this first 1 minute preset timer option,
simply decide who is going first, then press the relevant opponent’s
(i.e.. the side to play second’s) Timing Activator button to start the
appropriate clock. Each player then has 1 minute on the clock, but
the difference between this and the Blitz game is that your
opponent’s thinking time is proportionally increased as your time
runs out. You will notice that as the time on your LCD decreases,
the time on your opponent’s screen proportionally increases and
vice versa. If either your own or your opponent’s time runs out (the
difference between the two clock’s reaches 2 minutes, or 20
minutes for the second preset timer method), the zeros flash and
the’’time’s up’’ symbol (see g. in LCDs Section) appears on the
appropriate screen. If the sound is on you will also hear a series of
beeps when the time runs out. The player with no time left on the
clock has lost the game.
(primary, secondary and tertiary) in which they must play a certain
number of moves against the clock (see below for details on preset
timer options):
Timing Option
Tournament
Preset Timer Option
Standard
FIDE
Amateur
Traditional
Preset Timer Method b)
Under this general Hourglass option, you have another preset
timer method, for which you have 10 minutes on the clock. To
switch to the second preset timer option, press HOURGLASS
again. This 10 minute time allocation will then appear on the LCDs.
Press the appropriate Timing Activator button to start either your
own or your opponent’s clock. Timing continues as it did for the first
preset timer method, but with more time on the clocks.
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Time Limit (Moves/Minute)
40 moves in 120 minutes, then
remaining moves in 60 minutes
40 moves in 120 minutes,
followed by 20 moves in 60
minutes, then
remaining moves in 30 minutes
30 moves in 90 minutes, then
remaining moves in 60 minutes
40 moves in 120 minutes, then
every subsequent set of 20
moves in 60 minutes (repeat to
the end of the game)
30 moves in 30 minutes (repeat
to the end of the game)
To play a game using the Tournament timing method, press
TOURNAMENT. A triangle pointing to PRIMARY appears on the
LCD to show that you have selected this option and are in the first
stage of the game.
1.2.3 Tournament Timing
When using the Tournament timing method, each player has a
certain amount of time to complete a fixed number of moves. If a
player fails to meet the required number of moves in the set time
frame, he or she has lost the game. (Note, a player can make more
than the required number of moves within the given time frames).
Standard Timing Method
By pressing TOURNAMENT you have automatically selected
the first preset timer option (Standard). The amount of time you
have on the clock for the first (Primary) stage of the game appears
on the left hand LCD (in this case, 120 minutes, displayed as 2:00),
while the number of moves appears on the right hand LCD, (in this
case 40 moves).
Tournament games have more than one stage for the players to
complete. Some games have as many as three timing periods
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Press NEXT/MOVE NO. to cycle through to the second
(Secondary) stage of the game (the LCDs remind you that you
have 60 minutes to complete all the remaining moves).
TERTIARY. Press the appropriate Timing Activator button to select
this option and start either your own or your opponent’s clock.
For example, you may complete the 40 moves in the Primary
stage in 110 minutes. The remaining 10 minutes is added to the
secondary stage i.e. the Secondary stage becomes 70 minutes
long. Should you complete the 20 moves in the Secondary stage in
50 minutes, the remaining 20 minutes of this stage is carried over
to the Tertiary stage, giving you 50 minutes to complete the game.
To play a game using the Standard preset timer option, simply
press the appropriate Timing Activator button to start one of the
clocks. Each player then has 120 minutes to complete 40 moves.
This is the Primary stage of the game, indicated by an arrow on the
LCD pointing to PRIMARY. After the players have each made their
first 40 moves within each of their designated 120 minutes, they
then have 60 minutes each in addition to the remaining time left
over from the Primary stage to complete the game. This is the
Secondary stage of the game, indicated by an arrow on the LCD
pointing to SECONDARY (the LCD triangle points to SECONDARY
to show that the players have entered the Secondary stage of the
game).
If at any point in the game a player fails to meet the required
number of moves in the designated time, he or she has lost the
game and the zeros will flash and the time’s up symbol will appear
on the appropriate LCD. You will also hear a series of beeps if the
sound is on.
Amateur, Traditional and Club Timing Methods
To skip the FIDE option when the FIDE option is shown on the
display, press TOURNAMENT again instead of the Timing
Activator button to move on to the next preset timer option, where
you can then either press an appropriate Timing Activator button to
start one of the clocks or press TOURNAMENT again to pass to
the next option and so on (refer to previous table) for timing and
move number details).
Under this general Tournament option, you have another 4
preset timer methods to choose from:
FIDE Timing Method
To switch to the second preset timer option (FIDE), press
TOURNAMENT again instead of the Timing Activator button. Each
player then has 120 minutes to complete 40 moves. This is the
Primary stage of the game, indicated by an arrow on the LCD
pointing to PRIMARY. After the players have each made their first
40 moves within each of their designated 120 minutes, they then
have 60 minutes each in addition to the remaining time left over
from the Primary stage to complete the next 20 moves. This is the
Secondary stage of the game, indicated by an arrow on the LCD
pointing to SECONDARY. After each player has made 20 more
moves without using all the allocated time (time remaining), they
then each have 30 minutes in addition to the time remaining from
the Secondary stage to complete the game. This is the Tertiary
stage of the game, indicated by an arrow on the LCD pointing to
1.2.4 Bonus Timer Method
The Bonus Timer method is an ingenious invention which allows
the chess players’ performance to be successfully measured,
without having to either adjourn the game, or rely on the guillotine
method as a means of ending the game in one session. It does this
by providing the players with an amount of time to complete all the
moves plus an amount of bonus time (free time) for each individual
move. Your remaining time for the whole game is only reduced if
you go over the free time allocation for each individual move.
Players can also gain more overall thinking time by completing a
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move faster than the time allowed for each move. You can decide
how much extra time will be added to your overall time for the
whole game by programming Game Clock before you start the
game. The time is then either added “before” or “after” (see below
for explanation).
Timing Option
Bonus Timer
Preset Timer
Option
a)
b)
c)
d)
Time for Whole Game
plus Free Time for
Each Individual Move
3 minutes +
2 seconds/move
50 minutes +
2 seconds/move
1 minute +
1 minute/move
1 minute +
1 minute/move
In preset timer option d), ADD AFTER appears on the right hand
LCD. This means that the time available for each individual move
(x) will be added to your clock as soon as you have made your
move and pressed your Timing Activator button i.e. after you have
made a move. If you make a move in less than the allocated free
time per move (x), you will make a net gain in time on the clock.
Time Added Before
or After
Preset Timer Method a)
To play a game using the first Preset Timer option, press one of
the Timing Activator buttons to start one of the clocks. Each player
then has 3 minutes to complete all the moves and 2 seconds free
time for each individual move. ADD BEFORE appears on the
LCDs. This means that 2 seconds will be added to your opponent’s
clock as soon as you have made your move and pressed the
Timing Activator button i.e. before your opponent makes a move. If
your opponent then makes a move in less than 2 seconds, he or
she will make a net gain in remaining time on the clock.
Before
Before
Before
E.g. You have 3 minutes on your clock and your opponent
presses the Timing Activator button. Your clock now shows 3
minutes and 2 seconds. If you then complete your move and press
your Timing Activator button in 1 second, your clock will show 3
minutes and 1 second, because you made the move in a faster
time than was allocated. In this way, you can accumulate free time
on the remaining time for the game, by completing your move in
less than 2 seconds each time. Conversely, if you go over the
allocated 2 seconds, then your remaining time will be
proportionately reduced by the amount of time it takes you to
complete your move.
After
To play a game using the Bonus Timer method, press BONUS
TIMER. A triangle pointing to BONUS TIMER appears on the LCD
to show that you have selected this option. By pressing BONUS
TIMER you have automatically selected the first preset timer option.
The amount of time you have on the clock appears on the left hand
LCD (in this case, 3 minutes for the whole game plus 2 seconds
free time per move).
ADD BEFORE appears on the LCDs. This means that the free
time for each individual move (x) will be added to your opponent’s
clock as soon as you have made your move and pressed your
Timing Activator button i.e. before your opponent makes a move. If
your opponent then makes a move in less than the allocated free
time per move, he or she will make a net gain in time on the clock.
Preset Timer Methods b), c), d)
Under this general Bonus Timer option, you have another 3
preset timer methods to choose from. To switch to the second
preset timer option, press BONUS TIMER instead of the Timing
Activator button. Each player then has 50 minutes to complete all
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the moves and 2 seconds free time for each individual move. Time
is added before as described in Method a) above, except in preset
timer option d), where ADD AFTER appears on the LCDs. This
means that the free time for an individual move (x) will be added to
your clock as soon as you have made your move and pressed the
Timing Activator button i.e. after you have made a move. If you
make a move in less than the allocated time per move (x), you will
make a net gain in time on the clock.
Timing Option
Press the appropriate Timing Activator button to select this
option and start either your own or your opponent’s clock, or press
BONUS TIMER again instead to move on to the next preset timer
option (see table above for more details).
b)
Bronstein
Preset Timer
Option
a)
Time for Whole Game
plus Free Time for
Each Move
5 minutes +
3 seconds/move
20 minutes +
10 seconds/move
Time Added
(Always After)
After
After
To play a game using Bronstein timing, press BRONSTEIN. A
triangle pointing to BRONSTEIN appears on the LCD to show that
you have selected this option. By pressing BRONSTEIN you have
automatically selected the first preset timer option. The amount of
time a player has left on the clock appears on the LCDs (in this
case, 5 minutes for the whole game plus 3 seconds per move).
1.2.5 Bronstein Timing
The Bronstein method is similar to the Bonus Timer method, in
that you are given a fixed amount of time at the beginning of the
game and the time remaining decreases as you think. Maximum
free time is allocated after each move is made, and it is only if the
time used to make a move is equal to or more than the maximum
free time that the maximum free time is added to the remaining
time after the move has been made. However, unlike the Bonus
Timer method it is not possible to increase the time remaining by
playing each move more quickly than the free time. If the time used
for a move is less than the maximum free time, only the exact time
used for the move will be added to the remaining time after the
move has been made. This means that the remaining time will be
the same as before the move was made if the time used was the
same as or less than the free time.
With the Bronstein timing method, time is always added after,
(although the ADD AFTER indicator does not appear on the LCD in
this case). This means that the free time for each move (y) will be
added to your clock as soon as you have made your move and
pressed the Timing Activator button i.e. after you have made a
move. However, unlike with the Bonus Timer method, you cannot
gain maximum free time (x) (i.e. because y is less than or equal to
x):
Suppose that (x) = 10 seconds (maximum free time):
Player A thinks, makes a move and presses the Timing
Activator button in 5 seconds. Only 5 seconds is added to
player A’s countdown clock after the move has been made.
OR
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Player A thinks, makes a move and presses the top button in 10
seconds or more. Only 10 seconds is added to player A’s
countdown clock after the move has been made.
pointing to GAME appears on the LCD to show that you have
selected this option. By pressing GAME you have automatically
selected the first preset timer option. The amount of time you have
on the clock appears on the LCDs (in this case, 5 seconds per
move).
Preset Timer Method a)
To play a game using the first preset timer option, press one of
the Timing Activator buttons to start the one of the clocks. Each
player then has 5 minutes to complete all the moves and a
maximum free time of 3 seconds for each individual move.
Preset Timer Method a)
To play a game using the first Preset Timer option, press an
appropriate Timing Activator Button to start the one of the clocks.
Each player then has 5 seconds to complete each individual move.
Preset Timer Method b)
Under this general Bronstein option, you have another preset
timer method which can be accessed by pressing BRONSTEIN
again instead of Timing Activator buttons. Each player then has 20
minutes to complete all the moves and a maximum free time of 10
seconds for each individual move.
Preset Timer Method b), c)
Under this general Game option, you have another preset timer
method which can be accessed by pressing GAME again instead
of pressing a Timing Activator button when the display shows the
first Preset Timer option of Game timing. Each player then has 10
seconds or 1 minute to complete each individual move.
1.2.6 Game Timing
Note that in Game timing, unlike in other timing options, the
opponent’s countdown clock will be reactivated if you press your
Timing Activator button when your time is up.
Game timing is a simple, fast and fun way to time yourself
against your opponent, in which each player is simply given a
certain amount of time to complete each move. Your Game Clock
automatically resets the time for each move and displays a time’s
up symbol at the end of each move to remind you your time is up.
Timing Option
Game
Preset Timer Option
a)
b)
c)
1.2.7 User Timing
To concoct your own personalized timing method, select the
special “User” Option by following the steps below:
Time/Move (Time per move)
(i) Press one of the Timing Option keys (HOUR GLASS, BLITZ,
TOURNAMENT, BONUS TIMER, GAME, BRONSTEIN) after
the clocks have been reset (by pressing PAUSE for 3 seconds
or more). You will see the time allocated for this option together
with the number of moves (for Tournament only) on the LCDs.
A triangle appears on the LCD to show you which timing option
is currently displayed. Press NEXT/MOVE NO. to cycle through
the various Tournament stages. A triangle appears on the LCD
to show you which stage is on the display as you cycle through.
5 seconds/move
10 seconds/move
1 minute/move
To play a game using Game timing, press GAME before
pressing either of the Timing Activator buttons or after pressing
PAUSE for 3 seconds or more to reset the clocks. A triangle
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(ii) As soon as you have decided which Timing Option to use, you
may then select one of the preset timer options if you wish.
Press the Timing Option key for the option you have chosen
(e.g. TOURNAMENT) repeatedly to cycle through the preset
timer options, from (in this case) Standard through Club. The
amount of time you have on the clock (and moves if any) for
each preset timer option appears on the LCDs.
(vi) Press one of the Timing Activator buttons to start either your
own or your opponent’s clock.
Note, only one personalized option can be stored in the memory
and set at one time. You can set different times on the two LCDs,
except when using the Tournament option.
When you first switch the clock on, pressing USER before you
have stored a personalized option in the memory as described in
points (i) to (v) above automatically selects a FIDE default setting
which you can then adjust by following points (i) to (v). However, if
you have stored another personalized option in the memory,
pressing USER automatically selects this option instead of FIDE
unless you press the ACL or change the batteries.
(iii) As soon as you have decided which Preset Timer option to
choose, press ADJUST. You can then press ADJUST followed
by SET to adjust and confirm the time, first for the left hand
player and then for the right hand player, except for the
Tournament timing option. Start with the hours and tens of
minutes (“HH:MM on the display) and work your way down
through the minutes, tens of seconds and seconds (“MM:SS”
on the display), pressing ADJUST to set the digit followed by
SET for each digit on the clock (both the whole time for the
game and the maximum free time per individual move for
Bonus Timer or Bronstein timing).
It is generally recommended that you do not set different whole
game and maximum free times (if any) for the left and right hand
players especially when using the Bronstein or Bonus Timer
options. Note that if you do so, only the left hand player’s time
control will be displayed for the Bronstein or Bonus Timer options
when you are selecting the “User” option or resetting a game.
(iv) If you have selected a Tournament game, you may also
change the number of moves after you have adjusted the time.
Press ADJUST to set the digit followed by SET for each digit of
the move number on the right hand LCD. Press SET to confirm
once you have changed the display to show the desired
number of moves. Press ADJUST followed by SET to adjust
the time allocated and number of moves for secondary and
tertiary stages (if any) as above.
You are also recommended not to set the time control or move
number to zero in any stage of a Tournament game.
1.3 Correcting the time/number of moves
To change the time and/or number of moves during a game (for
example, to take back an illegal move), press PAUSE after making
sure the MODIFY/LOCK switch is set to MODIFY. You can then
press ADJUST followed by SET to adjust and confirm the time, first
for the left hand player, then for the right hand player, (you can
also then go on to adjust the number of moves). Start with the
hours and tens of minutes (“HH:MM on the display) and work your
way down through the minutes, tens of seconds and seconds
(“MM:SS” on the display), pressing ADJUST followed by SET for
Note, the number of moves shown is the number of moves to be
played by both sides.
(v) Press and hold SET followed by USER together for 3 seconds
to store your personalized timing option. The display will stop
flashing – press USER to view your personalized timing option.
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counter and clock will behave as if your opponent has made
his or her move.
each segment of the clock. After adjusting the time for the left and
right hand players using the ADJUST and SET keys the display will
change to show the number of moves. Modify the number of moves
as you did the time, starting with the hundred units of the move and
working your way down through the tens and finally the digits of
move by pressing ADJUST followed by SET.
(Any free time or time allowed for the next stage will not be
added to the current remaining time if you made a move and
pressed one of the Timing Activator buttons while the clocks were
paused).
Note, the number of moves shown is the number of moves to be
played by both sides.
1.5 Checking the number of moves
To check the number of moves made so far during the game,
press NEXT/MOVE NO. and watch the left hand LCD. The clock
will keep ticking while you are checking your current move number
and the countdown display returns when you release the NEXT/
MOVE NO. key.
(Any free time or time allowed for the next stage will not be
added to the current remaining time if you press a Timing Activator
button while the clocks were paused.)
1.4 Stopping the clocks
Note, the number of moves changes every 2 individual moves
(in non-chess games, this means every time both you and your
opponent have made a move).
Press PAUSE to temporarily stop the clocks. The countdown
display will flash until you press one of the Timing Activator Buttons
to restart a clock. You can also stop the clock by sliding the STOP/
GO/SOUND OFF switch to STOP and then GO while either of the
clocks is counting down.
SECTION TWO: TECHNICAL DETAILS
Note, if you have moved and pressed the Timing Activator
button to stop your clock, it is now your opponent’s turn to move
(opponent’s LED lights up). Press PAUSE to stop your opponent’s
clock. To continue you can then either:
2.1 Care and maintenance
Your Game Clock is a precision electronic device, and should
not be subjected to rough handling or exposed to extreme
temperatures or moisture. Do not use chemical agents to clean the
unit, as these may cause damage.
1. Press your own Timing Activator button so that the clock will
continue to count down from where it left off.
OR
2. Press your opponent’s Timing Activator button. Your LED will
light up to show that it is your turn to play and the move
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2.2 Technical specifications
Keys:
11, plus 2 push buttons & 2 slide
switches
LCD Viewing Areas:
two 62mm x 22.7mm panels
Buzzer:
piezo electric buzzer
(diameter: 27mm)
Battery:
2 x C size batteries (2 x 1.5V)
(for approx. 600 hours’ operating
time under normal conditions)
Low Battery Detection Voltage: 2.22 - 2.58 V
Power Consumption:
30mW
Dimensions:
195 x 118 x 80mm
Use alkaline or carbon zinc batteries only.
Do not mix old with new batteries.
Do not mix alkaline, standard (carbon zinc) or rechargeable
batteries
Saitek reserves the right to make technical changes without notice in the
interest of progress.
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TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
SYMPTOMS
ACTION TO TAKE
POSSIBLE CAUSES
Batteries not inserted properly.
See instructions for inserting batteries in Section 1.1.
Batteries weak or dead.
Replace the batteries (see Section 1.1).
Battery contacts poor.
Check the contacts on the battery and the unit to ensure that they are
clean. Ensure the unit contacts have not been bent out of position.
Static discharge or an electrical
disturbance has caused the unit to lock
up.
Press into the hole marked ACL to reset the unit (see Keys and
Features Section).
2. Dim or nonsense display on
LCD.
Batteries weak.
Replace batteries. If problem persists, turn off unit and press ACL.
See Keys and Features Section.
3. The battery-low symbol is still
on after replacing batteries.
Batteries weak or dead.
Make sure you are using new batteries.
Electrostatic discharge.
Turn off unit and press ACL. See Keys and Features Section.
4. The unit is silent.
Switch is turned to the position SOUND
OFF.
Turn the switch to GO.
5. No response, or improper
response when pressing keys.
Electrostatic discharge.
Turn off unit and press ACL. See Keys and Features Section.
Batteries weak.
Replace batteries. If problem persists, turn off unit and press ACL .
See Keys and Features Section.
It is not your turn.
Make sure which side is taking the move.
The Timing Activator button on the
opposite side is being held down by your
opponent.
Make sure the Timing Activator button on the opposite side is not
being held down.
The game has finished.
Start a new game by pressing PAUSE for more than 3 seconds.
The game clock is still running.
Press PAUSE to stop the game temporarily and use ADJUST & SET
to adjust the time. See Section 1.4.
Switch is turned to the position LOCK.
Turn the switch to MODIFY before adjusting the time.
1. The unit doesn’t work.
6. No response when pressing the
Timing Activator button.
7. Cannot adjust the time during
the game.
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QUICK START
Contents
KEYS AND FEATURES
LCDs
INTRODUCTION
SECTION ONE: OPERATING GAME CLOCK
1.1 Inserting/replacing the batteries
1.2 Selecting a timing option
1.2.1 Blitz Timing
1.2.2 Hourglass Timing
1.2.3 Tournament Timing
1.2.4 Bonus Timer
1.2.5 Bronstein Timing
1.2.6 Game Timing
1.2.7 User Timing
1.3 Correcting the time/number of moves
1.4 Stopping the clocks
1.5 Checking the number of moves
SECTION TWO: TECHNICAL DETAILS
2.1 Care and maintenance
2.2 Technical specifications
TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
Your Game Clock has many great features for you to enjoy, all of
which are explained in detail in this manual. Meanwhile, for those of you
who want to try out your clock straight away without reading the entire
manual first, here are 8 simple Quick Start Steps for you to follow:
1 Insert two C size batteries into the battery compartment on the base
of the clock.
2 Game Clock automatically switches to Blitz timing (indicated by a
triangle on the left hand LCD pointing to the word BLITZ, printed
beneath). When using the Blitz timing method, the players each have
5 minutes to complete all their moves.
3 Each player has five minutes on the clock. To start timing, simply
decide who will move first. If you are the first to move, press your
opponent’s Timing Activator button to start your clock. An LED lights
up on the appropriate LCD to remind you which side is playing.
Press your Timing Activator button as soon as you have completed
your move. (Reverse this procedure if your opponent moves first).
4 To check the current number of moves, press MOVE NO./NEXT. The
clock continues running while you are checking the move number,
and the countdown display returns as soon as you release the key.
5 To stop the clocks at any time, press PAUSE. Press either of the
Timing Activator buttons to restart the clocks from Pause without
adding free time or extra time (for the next stage). Note that if you
press PAUSE before a move has been made on the active side,
pressing the inactive side’s button will simply restart the active side’s
clock. If a move has been made on the active side after you press
PAUSE, press the active side’s (ie. the side to move’s) Timing
Activator button to start the opponent’s clock and change the side to
move. The computer will register that move.
6 As soon as one side runs out of time, 00.00 flashes on the
corresponding LCD, along with the relevant LED. If the sound is on,
you will also hear a sequence of beeps to remind you that the time is
up. The winner is the player who still has time on the clock.
7 To play again, press and hold PAUSE for 3 seconds or more to
return to a Blitz game with another 5 minutes on the clock for each
side. Whoever plays first simply presses the opponent’s Timing
Activator button to start the clock.
8 Play again and again until you learn to make the most polished
moves in the shortest times! The most exciting thing of all is that you
now have the double challenge of trying to beat the clock as well as
your opponent. Good Luck!
© 1996 Saitek Ltd.
5/F Lladro Centre
72 Hoi Yuen Road
Kwun Tong
Hong Kong
0197
Art. No. 538
Printed in China
P/N 415380-01200
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© 1996 Saitek Ltd.
5/F Lladro Centre
72 Hoi Yuen Road
Kwun Tong
Hong Kong
0197
Art. No. 538
Printed in China
P/N 415380-03300
© 1996 Saitek Ltd.
5/F Lladro Centre
72 Hoi Yuen Road
Kwun Tong
Hong Kong
0197
Art. No. 538
Printed in China
P/N 415380-46400