(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 7 - study circumstances

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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

this is the art of studying circumstances. ...

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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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To refrain from intercepting an enemy whose banners are in perfect order, to refrain from attacking an army drawn up in calm and confident array: - this is the art of studying circumstances.

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However you opponent is playing (well or poorly), do not let him change or otherwise dictate your playing style. Many players, when an opponent is doing well, discard their proven style and adopt the other. If you play according to his behavior, you are at the disadvantage. Continue your regular table analysis and shot selection process. Remain fluid in your response to table layouts.

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