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 5 – Energy
Thus one who is skillful at keeping the enemy on the move maintains deceitful appearances, …
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Thus one who is skillful at keeping the enemy on the move maintains deceitful appearances, according to which the enemy will act. He sacrifices something, that the enemy may snatch at it. By holding out baits, he keeps him on the march; then with a body of picked men he lies in wait for him.
The Intelligent player must be knowledgeable and skilled in distracting his opponent with table positioning problems and poor shot choices. Sometimes, he can allow his opponent an apparently easy run, knowing that it cannot be concluded, resulting in an open table to more easily win the game. Presenting these opportunities is as important as pocketing and positioning skills.