(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool – Chapter 1 – deceptions

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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 1 – Calculations

All warfare is based on deception….

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All warfare is based on deception.

  • Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable;
  • When using our forces, we must seem inactive;
  • When we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away;
  • When far away, we must make him believe we are near.
  • Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.
  • If he is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him.
  • If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.
  • If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them.
  • Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.

These military devices, leading to victory, must not be divulged beforehand.

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On the battlefield of the table, certain rules should be used to guide your routine decisions and choices. Therefore:

  • When you are the more skillful, show only enough to win.
  • Hide your knowledge of your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Do not reveal your strategic or tactical options
  • Where possible, make perfect shot results appear to be accidental.
  • When ready, appear not to be ready.
  • Disguise or put down your own capabilities.
  • If he is on a down side of the energy cycle, press the advantage quickly.
  • If he has substantial skills, deny opportunities.
  • If he is easily upset, create problems.
  • If he is humble, admire and compliment.
  • If he is relaxed, provide difficulties.

These rules enhance your chances for victory. Make sure your opponent does not suspect your efforts are tailored to his skills and style of play.

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