(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 7 - robbed of spirit

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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

A whole army may be robbed of its spirit; ...

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A whole army may be robbed of its spirit; a commander-in-chief may be robbed of his presence of mind. Now a soldier’s spirit is keenest in the morning; by noonday it has begun to flag; and in the evening, his mind is bent only on returning to camp.

A clever general, therefore, avoids an army when its spirit is keen, but attacks it when it is sluggish and inclined to return. This is the art of studying moods.

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The abilities of all players operate on an energy cycle. When your opponent is on the up side, configure restrictions and limitations on his opportunities. When you are on the up side, aggressively push for the win. If your opponent is on the down side, advance towards the win. When you are on the down side, decrease the size of your comfort zones and slow down your rhythm.

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