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 12 - Attack by fire
The enlightened ruler lays his plans well ahead; the good general cultivates his resources. ...
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Hence the saying: The enlightened ruler lays his plans well ahead; the good general cultivates his resources.
- Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained; fight not unless the position is critical.
- No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out of pique.
- If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay where you are.
Do not let emotions control you. Maintain your patience through self-discipline in these circumstances:
- If several innings pass with no advancement, an advantage will soon become available.
- A complicated table layout is handled ball by ball.
- Good luck that benefits your opponent now will change to bad luck later.
- Do not think a few successes will extend indefinitely into the future.
- Do not think that a few failures will extend indefinitely into the future.