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Play timers are an optional feature of match play. Often, timers in matches are used in tournament events. Playing a timed match will bring new strategy to your game.

Play Timers

Three SimplyBG Timers

There currently exists three different timer speeds in which you can enable for your match play.

The slowest speed of the three is named Relaxed. This time will allow up to 11 seconds each turn and a starting clock of 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Your main clock will only decrement if you take more than 11 seconds in your turn. The timer starts when the game focus is on you. This includes the time you take to roll or ponder using the double cube, if in play.

The medium timer is named Fast. This time allows 7 seconds each turn. Players begins with 2 minutes on the clock.

The fastest timer is named Rapid. You are given just 5 seconds each turn. The main clock for this timer varies based on the length of the match.



Timer play does have an exciting aspect to it. Since there are 3 speeds, you will find the medium speed, the Fast to be the most exhilerating.
The Rapid speed timer is intense to say the least. Players using the Rapid timer should be quick players already.
The Relaxed timer is good for eliminating the frustration of opponents who dabble or procrastinate in rolling or moving. This timer gives them some measurement of playing pace. It doesn't necessarily rush them. But keeps the pace going nicely.

Tips for Fun Timer Play

To enjoy playing with the timers, it's best to be prepared. The Relaxed timer aside, the Fast and Rapid timers are an exciting aspect of play and require attention.
Here are some tips to help you get started:

SimplyBG Timer FAQ

Q: Are timers mandatory for matches at SimplyBG?

A: No. Like all match specifications at SimplyBG, enabling the play timer is completely optional.

Q: Can I select the time specifications on the timer?

A: The SimplyBG.com timer has three predefined settings based on match length, average moves per game, and average time to move. We welcome custom timer requests or suggestions on improvements or adjustments to the SimplyBG timer.

Q: What happens when time runs out?

A: The match is forfeited by the player who's timer runs out. The score of the match is set to zero for the loosing player. The winning player is awarded points equal to the match length plus the double cube value at the time the clock expired.

Q: What if you have to use the restroom or do a quick chore. Is there a way to stop the timer?

A: No. Timed matches are an optional setting on matches, same as cube/no-cube setting. When timed matches are started, both players are given an alert popup to not begin until they have contact the opponent (probably in the chat of the playboard) to confirm each are ready. That's your chance to go to the restroom and finish chores.
At the moment the player with the opening turn pressed OK to finish that move, the timers begin. At this time, there is no way to pause the timer.
Before you start the timers, be sure to take the dog out, go potty, turn off the phone, etc. That's the nature of playing with a timer.

Q: What happens when the match ends?

A: When the timer for one of the players reaches zero, the player who still has time on the clock is presented with one of two options, 1 end the match or 2 extend the timers 15 seconds each.
When unexpected interruptions could cause a match loss, communicate with your opponent so that they may opt to extend the timers.

Q: Is the an option to take a win when the one of the timers reaches zero?

A: Yes. The player who's timer has not expired, has the option of taking the win, or extending the timers equally for both opponents a fixed amount of 15 seconds.

Q: What happens when your take too long to complete your turn? (more than 11s, 7s or 5s limits)

A: On every turn, you are allotted a certain amount of time to start and complete your turn, 11 seconds, 7 seconds or 5 seconds for the Relaxed, Fast, and Rapid timers respectively.
If you complete your move within that amount of time, no time is taken off your main clock allocation.
The main clock must not reach zero before the match ends otherwise the match is ended in a forfeit.

Q: This all sounds very complicated. Why would I want to play my matches with a timer?

A: The Relaxed timer is slow enough to represent an east paced playing pattern. In this case the timer forces each opponent to start and finish the match in one sitting. Relaxed timer play is non-rushed and eliminates procrastination in players.
Pitting your skills against another player with the restriction of time creates an new dimension and challenge of play. It may take some practice. And playing with a timer does require a shift in play. The challenges a timer offers will help you improve your game.
Beginners to timer play should start by using the Relaxed timer. Only power players should try using the Rapid.
You can always practice in un-rated matches to avoid ELO loss.

Custom Timers

Custom timer designs can be implemented upon request. Please use the Feedback button on the right.

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