Originally posted by David Tebb
(...) auto time-out (...) hasn't been developed sufficiently (...) the question will be academic, with the win being manually claimed
Originally posted by flexmore
(...) tournaments are badly affected by the two day delay (...) it is time for timeouts to be instantaneous
I think the solution for this problem is in OTB tournaments.
There's no automatic TO, but every competitor announces his opponent's clock ending at the first chance. And It's fair, it's the tournament rule.
It's draw when a player lacking material to mate announces his opponent time-out (How does it works in RHP? it seems to be matter for a new thread).
The problem is what must be done when two players keep playing beyond their time?
This problem have to be cracked into two other problems. One easy to solve, and another more difficult, but maybe FIDE or USCF has already solved the difficult one.
The easier is: When two players keep on playing beyond their time a game that has no more importance for tournament.
Solution: Just let them playing until their death and start the next round with the players that has progressed to.
The more difficult is: When two players keep on playing beyond their time a game that can define a next round competitor or the tournament winner.
I think it's quite rare to happen in an actual tournament, but in the Internet everything is possible.
The only natural solution for this problem that I can see resides on the players fairness and in the players notion of fairness.
It must be told to every tournament competitor, that to time his opponent out at the first chance is absolutely fair.
As I have sad in the other threat: It's fair with the winner, he deserves the win. It's fair with the loser, it's the tournament rule. It's fair with the other competitors, they are waiting for the game end to be able to start the next round. It's fair with the tournament manager, he needs that it ends into the schedule. And it's fair with the community that wants to know who's the champion.
But what to do when fairness fails? Specially in the Internet where it often fails?
As I sad before, maybe FIDE, USCF or another national or international chess federation has a solution for it.
Anyway, the intantaneous timeout solves everything, but it sounds to be something arbitrary.