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Game Time II Chess Timer

4.1 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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  • Dual digital clocks
  • Easy-to-see displays
  • Keep split-second track of the time each opponent has used
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Product Description

Product Description

This clock has been patented by the U.S. Chess Federation. The large display and electronic accuracy makes your exact time and move number easy to read. This digital clock also features an optional audible tone and a red light to signal elapsed time. Delay option lets you deal sanely with sudden-death time controls. Start of each clock can be delayed at every move by a preset number of seconds, eliminating frantic and game-ruining time scrambles. Comes with a new feature called ÒAccumulateÓ where if a player makes his/her move before the delay time expires, the remaining delay time is added to their clock. Permits traditional time controls, without a delay. One of our most popular clocks!

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00006699U
  • Item model number: XC5553BK
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 7 - 11 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,406 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Excalibur is a company that is known for making high quality chess gear. This small clock has all the functions you will need and it is the official clock of the U.S. Chess Federation. This certainly adds to it's marketing appeal, but also to the price for what you get.

Some of the plus features of the clock are a time delay for between moves that gives you a little time to get to your button, a large button to push that is easy to find in the heat of the moment and many presets for various types of game conditions. It's small size also allows it to fit well into a small bag or Excalibur's excellent canvas bag, triple weight chess piece and vinyl board combination. (This other product is excellent and an extremely good value.)

While I think this is an excellent clock, it is rather cheap looking and doesn't seem very rugged. The first one I bought had some loose parts inside and I had to return it. I don't know if this is a reflection on quality assurance, manufactoring or just a fluke, but I saw a lot of other clocks that seemed more rugged for about the same amount of money.

Why I personally chose this clock is because of Excalibur's reputation for high quality chess electronics, it's small size, the large buttons, the time delay between moves and the fact that is fits exactly into the compartment of my chess travel case. I rated it a 4 because I think it's overpriced for what it is. If it's not important to have the official clock of the UCSF and you don't play fast games, then you may want to look at what other products are available.
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There is a lot to like about an Excalibur chess clock: it is inexpensive, it has lots of functions, and it is very easy to learn how to use it.

First off, the price: you can buy three of these clocks for the price of a Chronos, but then you get what you pay for. Most of the guys in my chess club have Chronos clocks and I also have two that I have had for years. Yet, I have never even heard of a Chronos clock that failed. These Excalibur clocks, on the other hand, definitely have a limited lifespan.
A lot of players start out with an Excalibur clock, but sooner or later the clock breaks down and then they buy a different kind of clock.

Personally, my main peeve with the Excalibur is that I really dislike the buttons on it. The problem is that the button movement is not completely smooth and therefore it is possible to hit a button in such a way that it does not go down all the way and then you have to hit it again (this is extremely annoying when you are playing blitz). Other than the buttons, the problem is that these clocks are flimsy and do not take well to jostling.

Still, if you just want a clock for occasional use, and if you are looking for something cheap and functional, this clock is your best bet.
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There is a lot to like about an Excalibur chess clock: it is inexpensive, it has lots of functions, and it is very easy to learn how to use it.

First off, the price: you can buy three of these clocks for the price of a Chronos, but then you get what you pay for. Most of the guys in my chess club have Chronos clocks and I also have two that I have had for years. Yet, I have never even heard of a Chronos clock that failed. These Excalibur clocks, on the other hand, definitely have a limited lifespan.
A lot of players start out with an Excalibur clock, but sooner or later the clock breaks down and then they buy a different kind of clock.

Personally, my main peeve with the Excalibur is that I really dislike the buttons on it. The problem is that the button movement is not completely smooth and therefore it is possible to hit a button in such a way that it does not go down all the way and then you have to hit it again (this is extremely annoying when you are playing blitz). Other than the buttons, the problem is that these clocks are flimsy and do not take well to jostling.

Still, if you just want a clock for occasional use, and if you are looking for something cheap and functional, this clock is your best bet.
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I own Chronos Clock and this Clock. Chronos is more durable. No contest there. But this clock is so much easier for me to use than Chronos. I have the Chronos clock sitting in my book shelf at this time. This clock and the way you set it is just so easy. I do not agree with the guy who said this clock is complex. It is so easy to set it is a joy.
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I bought one of these because I thought it looked cool and it was cheap, but as soon as I took it out of the box I knew I had made a mistake. The buttons were flimsy and the quality of the clock's plastic was terrible. I put in some batteries and one of the buttons didn't even work. That same day I packed it up and returned it. A month later I purchased a Chronos for $40 more and have been happy ever since.
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I play chess almost everyday and I have had many chess clocks throughout my chess life. I have to say that this clock is one of the best digital clocks on the market with a very reasonable price and easy functionality. The weight of the clock is very balanced, not too heavy and not too light, and I was able to set up the clock and even put a delay time without reading any directions as well. For the buck, this got to be one of the best on the market.
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