Time

 

The worst enemy of the strategist is the clock. Time trouble ... Reduces us all to pure reflex and reaction, tactical play. Emotion and instinct cloud our strategic vision when there is no time for proper evaluation.  -  Garry Kasparov

 

The best reason to abolish it, in my opinion, is that everyone should deal with his time in the best way; there is no good reason why you should get half a minute extra with each move, except that it's a bit easier for the arbiter. (on incremental time controls)  -  Jan Timman

 

By playing slowly during the early phases of a game I am able to grasp the basic requirements of each position. Then, despite being in time pressure, I have no difficulty in finding the best continuation. Incidentally, it is an odd fact that more often than not it is my opponent who gets the jitters when I am compelled to make these hurried moves. - Samuel Reshevsky

 

Go through detailed variations in your own time, think in a general way about the position in the opponent's time and you will soon find that you get into time trouble less often, that your games have more content to them, and that their general standard rises.  -  Alexander Kotov

 

The only positive contribution to chess from Fischer in the last 20 years ... (on the Fischer clock)  -  Viktor Kortchnoi

 

The masters and grandmasters can be divided into three groups - the inveterate time trouble merchants, those who sometimes get into trouble, and those for whom the phenomenon is a very rare occurence.  -  Alexander Kotov

 

If you can play the first ten or fifteen moves in just as many minutes, you can be in a state of bliss for the rest of the game. If, on the other hand, Bronstein thinks for forty minutes about his first move, then time trouble is inevitable.  -  Alexander Kotov

 

Time trouble is blunder time.  -  Alexander Kotov

 

If your opponent is short (on time), play just as you played earlier in the game. If you are short keep calm, I repeat, don't get flustered. Keep up the same neat writing of the moves, the same methodical examination of variations, but at a quicker rate.  -  Alexander Kotov

 

The fact that the 7 hours time control allows us to play a great deep game is not of great importance for mass-media.  -  Alexei Shirov

 

A strong player requires only a few minutes of thought to get to the heart of the conflict. You see a solution immediately, and half an hour later merely convince yourself that your intuition has not deceived you.  -  David Bronstein

 

Even when the time control has been reached, there is one situation where you want to act as if it has not: when your position is absolutely lost.  -  Edmar Mednis

 

When my opponent's clock is going I discuss general considerations in an internal dialogue with myself. When my own clock is going I analyse conctrete variations.  -  Mikhail Botvinnik

 

Under no circumstances should you play fast if you have a winning position. Forget the clock, use all your time and make good moves.  -  Pal Benko

 

The art of treating the opening stage of the game correctly and without error is basically the art of using time efficiently.  -  Svetozar Gligoric

 

Bobby Fischer started off each game with a great advantage: after the opening he had used less time than his opponent and thus had more time available later on. The major reason why he never had serious time pressure was that his rapid opening play simply left sufficient time for the middlegame.  -  Edmar Mednis

 

The fact that a player is very short of time is to my mind, as little to be considered as an excuse as, for instance, the statement of the law-breaker that he was drunk at the time he committed the crime.  - Alexander Alekhine