Originally posted by 93confirmed
I've been wanting to see a discussion on clock/time management in standard tourney time settings. For example, I play in a tournament once a month with 40/80 and 15/30 repeating time controls and still find myself under time pressure 90% of the time. This past Saturday, in game 1 I made my 40th move with 14 seconds left and went on to win in another 10 ...[text shortened]... egies for managing time in OTB games - specifically in tournament settings and non-blitz games?
I think you must try to look at the positions where you were thinking so long. What was the reason? Too long calculation? Problems finding a plan? Variation problems? Remember that the clock is a part of the game, so if your opponent can find equally strong moves as yours but on lesser time, he is better. "Clock management" is IMHO much a matter of becoming a stronger player. However, when you are still an amateur you still lack some aspects of the basics which sometimes drains your time unproportionally.
Each player has their own specific problems which need specific solutions, so you must find the answer in your own games. Playing blitz can also get you bad habits, and even *if* it was the best way to practice tactics, it might not be what you need. Take it to the bottom, why you were thinking so much on a specific move (I hope you already take note of your time at each move).
You say you defended a terribly lost position. That is a good start for looking at where you went wrong. If you get into huge problems, you made a mistake.. and I would guess it might have had something to do with moving too fast
. Not thinking everything over clearly and calculating the necessary variations usually equals bad positions. However, that's just a guess, but I do that sometimes myself. Either way, find out why you got that poor position.
I do not think there is some kind of "time management" except from becoming a stronger player. A grandmaster could probably beat me with 5 minutes vs 50 with no sweat. If such techniques exist and how well they work I do not know, but I am convinced better players can simply solve problems faster - and vice versa. A time management technique you might find could perhaps only increase your time consumption marginally, relative to your playing strength.