You're probably right that chess clocks are a 'fairer' system. Not too many people can get a hold of 30+ chess clocks to use for a tournament though. You're also introducing a system of timed turns for everyone when it may be that the vast majority of people don't need them and the clocks become just another extra thing to have to deal with.Babs wrote:Personally, I think Chess Clocks is the 'fairer' system. It also highlights which player is contributing to the slowness (or if both are!)
However, the NAF will support whichever system is stipulated in the tournament rules as decided by the tournament organiser - and the official NAF line is that there is no official NAF line on this matter (i.e. no preference).
For example, at SSB this year, outside of my games (I'm not a very fast player and almost all my games started late due to me running the tournament and playing at the same time) only 2 games were put on timers out of 66. Only 1 game was called early (was not one of mine thankfully! ) and that was due to a combination of the game starting late and it involving a player that had only ever played 1 1/2 games of Blood Bowl at that point.
So for the vast majority of games timers were not needed at all. Definitely interested in hearing how the 'field test' goes though.
Olaf the Stout