This Sunday I realized that my time management needs improvement.
I played my regular G/90 game. I equalized with Black in declined Blackmar-Diemer Gambit and we went into middlegame, where I managed to counter-attack and after queens exchange won a pawn, then another one. Also my opponent had at least 10 minutes less.
Everything looked good, then strange things started to happen. We had R+B+N vs.R+B+N (plus pawns) when he tried to complicate things. I had about 15 minutes left at that time. After miscalculating, I lost an exchange and 5 minutes were remaining on my clock. Still computer evaluated my position ( N+ 3P vs. R+P) as a better one, but after another wrong move I eventually lost a pawn, got worse and had to accept the draw offer with both flags hanging (his a bit more).
So, what happened ? I followed pretty well the Botvinnik rule – spend 20% of your time on the first 15 moves. I really like that rule, but looks it’s not enough when you play 50+ moves game.
I thought maybe Dan Heisman can help me and found something:
1. “In a sudden death time control, speed up a little if the game is very even and it looks like it is going to be a long game. You may need that time later if things get complicated or it does become an exceptionally long game”.
2. In a sudden death time control, start speeding up when most of your time is done (but don’t wait until almost all of your time is done). For example, if you are playing G/90 and you are getting down to less than 20 minutes and the game looks like it is far from over, start speeding up then, and not when you have 3 minutes left.