Originally posted by Eladar
Take longer when your position isn't bad and you'll end up in bad positions less often. This assumes of course you are playing against comparable rated opponents!
I tend to play higher rated opponents to learn from them but still, bad positions require thinking and stamina and no matter how hard I try I end un in situations like this:
Sure... It is the Mikenas variation of the English! But I never intended to go there so, now I am in the middle of playing an opening I do not know and that is not part of my repertoire! What's the big deal? Having to think how to avoid ending up in a bind...