(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 1 - many calculations

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At it's most basic, the pool table is a small battlefield. An excerpt from "The Art of War" is provided with how it applies to the competition between opponents.

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Chapter 1 - Calculations

Now the general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple ere the battle is fought...

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Now the general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple ere the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory and few calculations to defeat: how much more no calculation at all! It is by attention to this point that I can foresee who is likely to win or lose.

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Before entering an important competition, identify potential opponents and determine their strengths and weaknesses. Allow the maximum possible time to gather information through observation. The more details you collect, the better your situational decisions will be.

If you are lazy and otherwise do not spend the time to observe and note the skills and abilities of opponents you are sure to lose many games.

If you do not otherwise have a way to evaluate your opponent, then you must do so during the match. Immediately configure appropriate tests and observe the results. Such tests can include temptation shots, defensive efforts designed to determine his reactions. Far better to gather intelligence ahead of time.

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