Chess Clocks Setup Test #09 - Garde Electronic

Another update to recent chess clocks setup tests, a review of the extremely rare 2001 Ruhla Garde electronic chess clock.



-Izmet

The Gazebo Table

Just finished, this is what we'll use in our family gazebo. Nothing fancy. A rough old table, a little spray-on red paint, a dozen coats of shellac finish and a little elbow grease.

I say it looks good on the first sunny day of the year.

BCE S1ENS0049 - 07

I walked by a game in the park today. Spring is coming.

-Izmet

Chess Clocks Setup Tests

Setting a modern chess clock is not trivial. Some solve the problem better than the others. Here’s an overview of ten popular examples.

Insa:

Simple, from another era.

Chronos FX:

This is what you want from a day to day clock. Rugged, easy to reset, fat display. This brand is best on the market.

ZmartFun Chess Clock:

A plastic substitute with bright LED display that fades out in sunlight. An indoor clock only.
Update (feb 2013):
The model shown was discontinued on the day of shooting this video.

DGT XL:

Tournament standard. Not much use for anything else.

Chronos Digital Game Clock:

Everything but the kitchen sink. Badass clock.

Garde Digital Electronic:

New with a touch of old. Elegant.

Chronos GX:

FX’s younger sibling. Two pane display, nobody knows why.

Chess.com App Clock:

Very convenient for travel. Elegantly done. Beats all other specialized chess clock apps in the App Store. Lots of ugly design there.

Garde electronic:

A mysterious clock nobody knows. A very, very rare Ruhla clock from 2001.

ZmartFun ZMF-II:

An update, new model. Lower price even.

DGT 3000:

An update to DGT XL. Bigger display, eboard compatibility and US Delay mode.

My personal all time favorite is the discontinued Chronos FX. For travel the convenience of the bare bones Chess.com app is best by far.

-Izmet