(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 7 - practice dissimulation

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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 7 - Maneuvering

In war, practice dissimulation, and you will succeed....

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In war, practice dissimulation, and you will succeed. Move only if there is a real advantage to be gained.

  • Whether to concentrate or to divide your troops, must be decided by circumstances.
  • Let your rapidity be that of the wind, your compactness that of the forest.
  • In raiding and plundering be like fire, in immovability like a mountain.
  • Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.

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The Intelligent player does not reveal his full capability. Only near the end of a match does an opponent get even a glimpse of your best skills. And you still want to disguise it as luck. In this way, you can:

  • adjust to any table layout
  • set sophisticated traps
  • control the cue ball with perfect speed and spin
  • move balls to intended locations
  • plan and execute patterns
  • win with ease

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