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 10 - Terrain
He who knows these things, and in fighting puts his knowledge into practice...
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This information considers how battlefield strategies and tactics can be used to win more games. If this seems interesting, read these AWAP posts.
He who knows these things, and in fighting puts his knowledge into practice, will win his battles. He who knows them not, nor practices them, will surely be defeated.
If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight, even though the ruler forbid it; if fighting will not result in victory, then you must not fight even at the ruler’s bidding.
In competition, when the win is inevitable, you may want to slow down and extend the innings. It may be needed to offer a more palatable loss to your opponent.
When a defeat is inevitable, you may want to concede the match rather than struggle to little avail. Or, in such a situation, change the reason you are playing from winning (no longer possible) to learning.
Use available innings for defensive shots, or re-arranging the layout. Then observe the results. These tactics may reveal weaknesses that can be used in a later competition to win.
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