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Types of Time control


A time control (TC) is a mechanism to define the length of a game. There are three types of TC.
  1. Fischer Delay. When it becomes a player's turn to move, the delay is added to the player's remaining time. In this TC, there is no time limit. Each of the players has to begin to play no later than on the fifth day since the start of the game. Then, one, two or three days are added to each of the moves (hence, one day equals 24 hours). These are long games that allow players to show all the power of their intelligence.
  2. Major Game Limit. The length of the game for both players is set at one week, 10 days or one month. That is, each player has 3.5, 5 or 15 days for his/her moves correspondingly. These are medium-length games.
  3. Minor Game Limit. The length of the game for both players is set at five minutes, 15 minutes or one hour. These are rapid games that allow players to present their intelligence mobility and ability to take crucial decisions in a rapidly changing environment.
For each of the time controls a player rating is calculated. These ratings can be of three types, LONG, BLITZ and SUPERBLITZ. All the ratings are presented in the table below.

t - tournament time control.

Time control Time for the 1st move Delay for each move Type of the rating Possibility of a vacation Time for a setup
Fischer 5+1 (to each player) 5 days 1 day LONG Yes 5 days
Fischer 5+2 (to each player) 5 days 2 days LONG Yes 5 days
Fischer 5+3 (to each player) 5 days 3 days LONG Yes 5 days
Fischer 5+1=20 (to each player) 5 days 1 day, but not more than 20 LONG Yes 5 days
Fischer 5+1=10 (to each player) 5 days 1 day, but not more than 10 LONG Yes 5 days
Fischer 3+1=4 (to each player)t 3 days 1 day, but not more than 4 LONG Yes 3 days
3 days + 2 hours (to each player)t - 2 hours BLITZ No 3 days
One week (to both players)t - - BLITZ No 3,5 days
10 days (to both players)t - - BLITZ No 5 days
One month (to both players)t - - BLITZ No 5 days
One hour (to each player) - - SUPERBLITZ No 15 minutes
15 minutes (to each player) - - SUPERBLITZ No 10 minutes
5 minutes (to each player) - - SUPERBLITZ No 10 minutes
30 minutes (to each player) - - SUPERBLITZ No 10 minutes
2 hours (to each player)t - - SUPERBLITZ No 30 minutes
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