Originally posted by sonhouse
I notice on chess.com, a lot of my games have had a screwed up time display, where the screen goes off color with no announcement I have disconnected but yet I make a move and then the other guy's clock starts counting down, but then some time later, it is MY clock that goes down by some number and I get lower and lower time left till I lose on time and nev ...[text shortened]... fect my clock like that.
How else could my clock lose time with no message of disconnection?
It is a shame that online chessplay automatically assume malfeasance whenever they encounter something they can't explain.
My guess is that the digital feed for the clock does not go from the site to the computer at a constant rate. The connection would be maintained, but if it became sluggish and then sped back up it might make for an electronic "hiccup".
My second guess is that the data makes it to your computer at a constant rate, but it does not render on your screen at the same rate.
My third guess is that perhaps they are having an issue at chess.com with their virtual clocks.
I'm just guessing, and I bet there is someone else here that knows better than me. SwissGambit, anyone?