Originally posted by anthias
In my country, games are usually 60/0 (one hour), or 60/30 (one our with 30 second increment). Following Silman's advice I usually manage to get a good position when I reach the time pressure. Then, I ruin the position with some hasty moves and lose/draw the game. My opponent usually has 55 minutes on his clock while I have 5! People advise me to try to sync ...[text shortened]... general moves that don't affect your game" when I have less time than him.
Do you agree?
I think that if you are left with 5 minutes against 55, you're taking way too much time on some of your moves. You may be spending far too much time on moves that aren't crucial - say, in a situation where 2 or 3 or more moves are close, and there are no serious tactical shots to worry about - leaving yourself not enough time to concentrate on the crucial moves.
Don't make "normal, general moves," though. Make moves you know are good, but be conscious that you may not be able to take quite as much time as you'd like to find a great move.