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kansaspatzer 24 ( +1 | -1 )
Time Management In tournament play, what strategies do you use for time management? If there is a time control, do you try to pace your moves accordingly? Do you try to set a certain amount of time for opening moves, or try to always leave a certain amount of time in reserve?
cascadejames 101 ( +1 | -1 )
Time Management I try to avoid using too much time on opening moves that I play straight out of the book, and I try to establish an average pace that will keep me from having to play Blitz at the end of the time control.

I have learned by bitter experience that though the end game may seem simple, because there are fewer pieces on the board; end game moves often take as much time to calculate as middle game moves. Though I also admit that there are some formulaic moves for some common pawn positions that I think can be made more quickly; now that I am beginning to understand the end game better. Also it does no good to have plenty of time for the end game if you have made tactical blunders in the middle game that have effectively decided the game.

Dan Heisman has written about time management a couple of times in his "Novice Nook" articles on ChessCafe.com. The articles are available in their archives.
masros 10 ( +1 | -1 )
Easy positions move fast...difficult positons move until last minute :)
kansaspatzer 33 ( +1 | -1 )
Normally, I've had problems moving too fast in tournament games. I had my first time-related loss last weekend (didn't lose on time, but couldn't figure out how to win a two pawn up endgame with three minutes left and ended up getting mated by two rooks), but I'm encouraged because it tells me that I'm making progress.
kansaspatzer 9 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for the Heisman link, by the way. That had some really great information on the subject.
kewms 78 ( +1 | -1 )
In tennis, they say that if you never miss with your first serve, you aren't being aggressive enough. But if you miss too often, you need to work on control.

Similarly, if you are never low on time you are probably moving too fast. But if you are often in time trouble, you need to ration your time more effectively.

The two tricks I use: at the beginning of the game, I mark my scoresheet with the time control and important milestones on the way there. For instance, if the time control is 40/2, I'll mark the 40-move point and the 20-move point. During the game, I mark my time and my opponent's time every five moves. Then I can go back and decide whether I was using my time correctly or not: did I move too quickly in a critical position? Did I take too much time early on, and why?

Good luck!
naamloos 41 ( +1 | -1 )
Kewms As timetrouble is a frequent problem with me ( if you look on my profile you can see that I can't even manage coorespondance timelimits), I have often thought about using the mathod you described.
However, I was under the impression that it is illegal to write down anything except the moves ( and even these can't be written down till after the move is actually done), because it can be percieved as making notes.
kewms 45 ( +1 | -1 )
Noting the time is pretty common in US tournaments, and is a pretty common bit of coaching advice. I don't have my rulebook handy, though, so I can't say for sure what it says. I had an opponent forfeit for taking notes once, but he was using his scoresheet to work out three or four moves ahead: a pretty blatant violation.

If in doubt, you could ask the tournament director.

You could also mark the time in casual games to improve your time sense.

sf115 20 ( +1 | -1 )
I must point out that Grandmasters spend a lot of time in the opening and oftern have under 5 mins of their 2 hours left when they reach the 40 move time controll.
fmgaijin 29 ( +1 | -1 )
Noting Time Okay I have been marking the time on scoresheets in FIDE, US, JCA, and other tournaments for at least 25 years and no one has ever complained about that being note-taking. Nor has any player ever protested about an opponent doing so in a tournament I've directed. I recommend it both as a teacher and a player!

naamloos 53 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks, Thanks Kewms and fmGaijin for your answers. I think I will make use of your advise in my next tournament.

When I played in my first tournament about 1,5 year ago, I marked a move with a little = to note that my opponent had offered a draw. When after the game my opponent saw the mark he said to me that it was illegal to note anything except the moves. So that is why I thought that noting your time would be illegal as well. That "rule" had always seemsed a bit childish to me.
kansaspatzer 10 ( +1 | -1 )
According to that one international arbiter who writes a column on chesscafe.com, marking the time is acceptable.