What are the delay options on the DGT XL?

In delay options players have a certain amount of time (usually 5 seconds or so) to make a move before their main thinking time starts counting down. If a player makes his move within the alloted delay time, no time will be deducted from his available thinking time.

According to FIDE rules, the DGT 2010 and DGT XL clocks always show the total amount of time left for the player. This means it shows the main thinking time and the delay time added together in the display. This is called Bronstein delay.

As soon as a player switches the lever of the clock the following will happen:

  1. The player used less time for his move than the set delay time: the clock will jump back to the value it had at the beginning of the player's turn; no main time has been used
  2. The player used more time for his move than the set delay time: the clock will add the set delay time to the remaining thinking time for the next move

For a comparison of Bronstein Delay and "normal" delay have a look at this article.


Option 14 on a XL or option 22 on a 2010: Delay Blitz, 5 min + 3 sec per move free.

When choosing this option the display will show 5.03 (5 min, 3 sec) because the delay time is added for the first move as well.

Player A uses 2 sec for the first move; the clock counts down to 5.01 and will jump back to 5.03 after the player has finished his move.

Player B uses 5 sec for the first move; the clock will count down to 4.58 and will jump to 5.01 (4.58 + 3 sec) after the player has finished his move.

On the DGT2010 and the DGT North American no seconds are shown in the display if the available thinking time is more than 20 minutes. In this case the delay time is not visibly added (though it is of course added in reality) and you will not be directly informed about the delay time. The DGT3000 always shows seconds and the delay time can always be seen on the display.

The DGT North American has US delay which is does not add the delay time to the main thinking time in the display. Instead the delay symbol on the display will blink during the delay time.

The DGT3000 has both Bronstein delay and US delay options.

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