(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 3 - forces 10 to 1

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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 3 - Planning attacks

It is the rule in war, if our forces are ten to the enemy’s one,...

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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.

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It is the rule in war, if our forces are ten to the enemy’s one, to surround him; if five to one, to attack him; if twice as numerous, to divide our army into two.

If equally matched, we can offer battle; if slightly inferior in numbers, we can avoid the enemy; if quite unequal in every way, we can flee from him.

Hence, though an obstinate fight may be made by a small force, in the end it must be captured by the larger force

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These are the principles of selecting strategies.

  • If you are the superior, win the competition without delay.
  • If you are the better, be vigilant in your playing. Otherwise any miss can be a gift to your opponent.
  • If equal in skill, determine your opponent's comfort/chaos zones, advance in small steps, and utilize defensive tactics to deny opportunities.
  • If your skill is the lesser, be more pessimistic about your comfort/chaos zones, and plan all shots as two-way.
  • If he is the overwhelming superior player, focus only on defense. Switch to offense only when you are SURE you can make the shot AND advance to the next. Force him to work harder than he expects. Study his responses and make notes of shots to practice. Afterwards, thank him for the lessons and that you look forward to another match in the future.

Therefore, it is important that you control yourself in your game choices and personal behaviors at all times. When you do not, you will lose.

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