Originally posted by Eric LeFavour
Forgive me for not knowing. Could someone explain what G45 represents and the 60/30 +15 statements? I just like to play chess. I haven't played in any tournaments. I am involved with a small club and we have started to discuss playing in a tournament sometime soon. We are all still learning and we started the club just to have people to play with. I'm just curious about these terms.
At least in the U.S., 60/30 would mean 60 moves in 30 minutes. (If you mean to say 30 moves in 60 minutes, then in USCF parlance it would be stated as 30/60, or alternately 30/1, meaning 30 moves in one hour.)
no1marauder was right to not know what the +15 meant. (I didn't know, either.) This isn't standard USCF terminology. If it was meant that the rest of the game is played out in 15 minutes, then you would state it as SD/15 (meaning sudden death in 15 minutes.)
Concerning time delays, marauder correctly states that the standard delay in the U.S. for slow games is 5 seconds per move. (However, the delay can be less for faster games. And a tournament director doesn't have to use delays at all, although the majority of TDs use delays because of its advantages.) If you're going to state this delay time, it would be stated as t/d5. However, none of the local tournaments that I've been in have bothered to state the delay time in the flyer. They usually just announce the delay time right before the first round starts.
(It CAN get even more complicated than that. If the TD is using a time delay, he has the option to specify that the time control be reduced a little to compensate for using a time delay. For example, lets say you're about to play a G/60 time control. The TD wants to use a 5 second delay, but he doesn't want the games to drag out too long due to the scheduling of the next rounds. So he's allowed to have a basic time control of G/55 with a 5 second delay for each move, which should end up taking about the same amount of time that a G/60 with no time delay would take. And in this case, the tournament results would simply be reported as G/60, even though the TD got fancy with juggling the minutes. Got all that?
So to recap, if you're playing a game with the first time control of 30 moves in 60 minutes, with the rest of the game played in 15 minutes, with a time delay of 5 seconds to apply to all moves in the game, then it would be stated as:
30/60, SD/15, t/d5
30/1, SD/15, t/d5