Chess clock (digital)

DGT Projects

Established 1992

Founded in 1992 by Ben Bulsink, DGT Projects manufactures the official FIDE chess clock. When studying at the Technical University Twente in Enschede, Bulsink built his first clock in 1985. The only problem was that the clock was handmade and much too expensive to market.

Five years later the Melody Amber chess tournament in Monaco wanted to start using Fischer timing at their tournament, something that is impossible to do with an analogue clock. Together with chess trainer Albert Vasse, Bulsink approached tournament sponsor Joop van Oosterom and offered to build the clocks. They got the order and went on to develop and produce the first affordable digital chess clocks. In 1993 the International Chess Federation FIDE awarded a contract to DGT Projects to produce ‘the official FIDE chess clock’.

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