(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 9 - men in ambush

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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 9 - Maneuvers

they must be carefully routed out and searched; for these are places where men in ambush ...

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If in the neighborhood of your camp there should be any hilly country, ponds surrounded by aquatic grass, hollow basins filled with reeds, or woods with thick undergrowth, they must be carefully routed out and searched; for these are places where men in ambush or insidious spies are likely to be lurking. When the enemy is close at hand and remains quiet, he is relying on the natural strength of his position.

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If your opponent plays numerous defense shots, observe his precision. How effective is the result? Are the shots choices simple or over-complicated? Look for weakness in skill or planning. Where the opportunity arises, engage in safety battles to distract his attention while you prepare the layout for a win.

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