Our story

DGT designs, develops, manufactures and globally distributes a wide range of game related products such as digital chess clocks and game timers, electronic boards for chess and draughts, chess computers, and other products and games accessories. Discover our story.

We revolutionised the world of chess

DGT introduced digital clocks to the chess world at a time when only analogue clocks were used. Since 25 years we make the “Official FIDE Chess Clock”, endorsed by the World Chess Federation. DGT clocks are the world’s bestselling chess clocks and used everywhere.

With the introduction of electronic chess boards DGT caused another revolution in the chess world and millions of chess lovers can now follow chess tournaments live via the internet. At home chess fans use the boards to play online, play against chess computers or for training purposes.

Playing chess on a real DGT board with real pieces is a much better experience than looking at a screen.

The next revolution

DGT brought many innovative products to the world of chess and continues to give chess players what they want. As global market leader we challenge status quo thinking to develop new ideas and great products to start the next chess revolution.

At DGT the traditional game of chess merged with 21st century technology creating high quality products with focus on user experience, quality and modern design. We strive to add fun, fairness and excitement to the game and enhance the experience of our customers.

DGT Global Network

DGT products can be purchased through retailers and distributors in more than 80 countries and in a wide variety of different markets: from chess specialty stores to online stores, from department stores to toy stores and from general games stores to many other types of outlets.

"We are Chess"

Our products

DGT sets the standard in game timing and in registering live games world wide with innovative and high quality products and services.

Product groups

  • Chess Clocks
  • Tournament e-Boards
  • Home use e-Boards
  • Electronic Chess Pieces
  • Chess Computers
  • Non-Electronic
  • Chess Bags and Cases

DGT Global Network

DGT products can be purchased through retailers and distributors in more than 80 countries an in a wide variety of different marktes: form chess specialty stores to online stores, from department stores to toy stores and from general games stores to many other types of outlets.

1985

The first DGT clock

The first DGT clock was built in the mid-'80s by Ben Bulsink, at that time a student at the Technical University Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands. The clock was reviewed by the magazine of the Dutch Chess Federation, who called it "the perfect chess clock". There was one problem however: the clock was handmade and much too expensive to produce. Only around 60 of these clocks were ever made and Bulsink returned to work at the University.

Some five years later chess trainer and organizer Albert Vasse read that the yearly Melody Amber chess tournament in Monaco wanted to start using Fischer timing at their tournament. Vasse contacted Bulsink and together they 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.

1993

A three year contract with FIDE

In 1993 the International Chess Federation FIDE at their General Assembly in Curitiba, Brazil, awarded a three year contract to DGT Projects to produce "the Official FIDE Chess Clock".

The DGT FIDE clock was created in cooperation with the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in full conformation with the FIDE Laws of Chess. Since it was introduced in 1994, many DGT FIDE chess clocks have been sold around the world.

1994

The DGT Plus

The DGT Plus was developed in 1994 in special cooperation with the European Go Federation (EGF), for use at the European Go championships in Maastricht. The DGT Plus can make a sound at the approach of a time limit - a short buzz at 10, 5, 4, 3 or 2 seconds before 0.00, and a long buzz during the last second.

1996

The DGT TopMatch Clock

The DGT TopMatch Clock is similar to the famous DGT FIDE chess clock, with an added serial interface that allows it to connect to the DGT electronic chessboard. This model was replaced by the DGT XL.

1998

The DGT2000

The DGT2000 introduced several minor improvements over the DGT FIDE model, including clearer and more robust displays. As proven top-quality product, it is still used in many tournaments all over the world. The DGT2000 was the bestselling digital chess clock ever until it was replaced by the DGT2010

1998

In the mean time.. we started with electronic chess boards

When the International Chess Federation FIDE expressed the wish to use electronic boards at the 1998 Chess Olympiad in Elista, DGT took up the challenge and set out to develop a system of some 300 electronic boards integrated into a single network, to collect all data for live internet presentation as well as the gamescores for the printed daily bulletin. Achieving this goal turned out to be difficult, and many technical problems had to be solved between the development paper and actual production. At the start of the Olympiad however 328 DGT e-Boards were up and running and the system developed by DGT functioned smoothly.

2001

DigiBlitz

Especially for personal use, DGT Projects developed the DigiBlitz. With larger displays, an optional buzzer, count down and count up timing methods, this model offered much for a low price. It is no longer manufactured and was replaced by the DGT Easy Game Timers.

2003

DGT XL

The DGT XL, was introduced during the Dutch Team Playoffs in 2003. It is the accumulation of ten years of experience in the chess market. The clock has an extra large display, an option to display messages (great for internet chess), more timing methods including an upcount method for use with Scrabble®, simplified operation, and a buzzer and it can connect to the DGT electronic chess boards.

2005

DGT Easy Plus

The DGT Easy and the DGT Easy Plus were introduced in 2005. The Easy Plus has the added options of delaying the countdown or adding extra time with each move. The DGT Easy is a digital chess clock for everyone and for every game. The DGT Easy is ideally suited for chess clubs, schools and home use.

2007

DGT2010

The DGT2010 was introduced in 2007 and received the status of "Official FIDE Chess Clock" in June 2008 after four top-level arbiters conducted tests and concluded that the clock is in full accordance with all FIDE rules and regulations. The DGT2010 is the successor of the DGT2000. An improved version of the DGT2010 was released in October 2010. To distinguish it from the previous model the new model has blue buttons.

2008

DGT Chess960

This game timer was developed as a handy foldable pocketsize chess clock with a Chess960 randomizer to automatically generate Chess960 starting positions. Chess960 was introduced by Bobby Fisher. In 2009 the Presidential Board of the International Chess Federation FIDE accepted the rules for Chess960 (or Fischer Random Chess) as the only other variation of chess and included it as an appendix to the Laws of Chess. In 2013 DGT changed the colors of this clock from white/orange to black/red.

2010

The Cube

A great new concept introducing a game timer that can be used with all boardgames, cardgames or other games. The Cube has six clocks, one on each side, for a maximum of six players. Each clock can be set with an individual time for each player. Timing options include gametimer and movetimer settings as well as movecounter and up-count.

2011

The DGT Pyramid

The DGT Pyramid is a simpler version of the DGT Cube with only four clocks, one on each side, for a maximum of four players.

2013

Redesign DGT Easy Clocks

The range of DGT Easy clocks was redesigned and the improved version with larger display, larger buttons, improved lever and extra timing option was released in 2013.

2014

The DGT3000

After serious development DGT released this highly advanced chess clock in 2014. It was first used at the World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Vishwanathan Anand in Sochi Russia. With an even larger display and many new and improved options it was made to suit users wishes. It connects to all DGT e-Boards and can communicate with the PC. The DGT3000 is in full accordance with all FIDE laws and regulations.

2015

DGT1001

After the release in 2014 of the world's most advanced chess clock the DGT3000, DGT set out to design and develop a simple but quality game timer that would be very easy and intuitive to use. The DGT1001 was released in October 2015 and is DGT's most affordable game timer suitable for any two-player game.

2016

The DGT1002 Bonus Timer

To meet requests from chess trainers, chess clubs and players worldwide DGT added a Fischer Bonus option to the DGT1001 and turned it into the DGT1002. The intuitive simplicity and ease of use was maintained. The DGT1002 Bonus Timer was released in November 2016.

2017

DGT Byo-yomi Timer

An affordable timer for Shogi and Go was developed and released in 2017 that has Japanese Byo-yomi timing options.

2017

Smart boards - Making chess more accessible.

In 2017 DGT finished development of the Smart Board, an affordable high quality plastic version of the wooden live boards making chess even more accessible.

2019

DGT Centaur

Centaur makes its way to the market. It automatically adapts itself to your playing strength and gives you a fair chance to win, to learn and, most importantly to have fun!

2021

DGT Pegasus

The first real chess board dedicated to online play is a fact.