Which timer should I use?

Which timer should I use?


One of the great features on the Uckers.com app is the ability to choose a specific timer for your game. We offer three types of timers, each with selectable durations. In this blog, we’ll explain the differences to help you decide which one suits you best.




The Turn Timer limits the time you have to complete your turn, resetting when you click the green tick icon on the play screen. You can choose between 1, 2, or 3 minutes.

If you roll sixes, you automatically get a few extra seconds each time.

If a player's time runs out, they lose by default.

At the moment, our league and tournament games use the 2-minute turn timer as a mandatory setting, though this is currently under review.

Use this timer for a fast-paced game where the pressure is on for each turn. The 1-minute option intensifies the challenge, while the 2 and 3-minute options provide a more relaxed pace.



If you're familiar with club chess, you'll understand this timer immediately. It sets a total time for each player’s moves. Options include 20, 25, 30, 35, or 40 minutes.

If a player's time runs out, they lose by default.

This variant adds excitement and pressure, especially as the clock winds down. Experienced players or those accustomed to time-restricted chess will prefer this option.

We believe this is the best way to play the game!


Available in our Pro version, this timer restricts the total time for the entire game. If time runs out, the fastest player—calculated by average move time—wins.

Selectable options are 1 hour, 12 hours, 1 day, 7 days, and 30 days.

Choose this for a more relaxed game, or for 'correspondence play,' where you make a move and then step away from the app. It’s ideal for players in different time zones or those with busy schedules who can’t finish a game in one sitting.



For a game similar to the board version with no time pressures, choose the Game Timer.

For more intensity, opt for the Turn Timer. The 1-minute option offers a challenge, especially with rules like 'roll again on a double,' while the 2 and 3-minute options are more leisurely.

If you’re competitive and love fast-paced games, the Chess Timer is your best bet. Its popularity in chess speaks for itself.

Whatever you choose, we hope you enjoy this feature and that it enhances your gaming experience.


If you have any views or comments about the timers, we'd love to hear from you.





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