Much has been written about the factor of time in chess and how it influences play or, more specifically, decisions we take and the eventual outcome of the game. Amid all the chess literature on this theme I’d highlight Jonathan Rowson’s book, The Seven Deadly Chess Sins. In the chapter devoted to the sin of perfectionism, the author analyses the causes that lead players to get low on time. He says something that’s highly worth keeping in mind:

“My bottom line, however, is that it is not always ‘sinful’ to run into time-trouble and we shouldn’t always blame ourselves for doing so. What is important is that you realize just how important a part of the game the clock is […] It may be helpful to see it as one of the four dimensions of the game, to be treated with as much attention as the other three.”