All You Need to Master the Game of Billiards

Wisdom in Choice of Strokes

Billiard enterprise is not confined to the purposeful tackling of double-baulks when playing the game of billiards. It is evidenced in other ways to greater profit. Let us consider the following situation. The red ball is close to the middle pocket, the cue-ball is in hand, and the red is so favorably placed that you can do almost what you please with it. You can go in-off it, or cut it into the middle pocket, and you can make the in-off in many ways.

Usually, even among amateurs who ought to play better billiards, the red loser is made slowly with the idea of dribbling the red over the top pocket. This is a bad stroke, simply because a very much better one can be made if you are enterprising enough to play it.

Instead of placing your ball on the end of the baulk-line, and crawling in-off to send the red ball slowly up towards the top pocket, you should spot your ball, and play fully enough on the red to follow through into the pocket, playing with freedom enough to bring the red into position off the side and top cushions.

Here it is a matter of letting the cue do the work. No side is required on the cue-ball. It is only necessary to hit that ball correctly a little above its center, or even dead centrally if your cueing is good enough, and you can make this lucrative hazard with supreme ease. Do so, and then try the other way.

Try each method six times in succession, and you will see for yourself how much better it is to play the shot in the manner I advise. Very probably, if the white were near the billiard spot, it might pay you to be enterprising enough to cut the red in the pocket instead of going in-off it.

If you do this, you should have ideal spot-end position, which you will utilize to get back to the open game by the shortest and most profitable route if you take my advice. The reason why you may find this winning hazard pays better than the loser is because the white lies near the billiard spot, where it is likely to be in the way if you attempt a break of red losers.

There is not much in it, but we all like a change at times when playing the game of billiards, and if you feel like putting the red down under the circumstances I have described, by all means do so. Incidentally, this is a favorite scoring position with Willie Smith. When he has a leave like this, and the white near the billiard spot, sometimes he will pot the red, sometimes he will go in-off it-I believe he follows the whim of the moment. He can well afford to do so, as either stroke leaves him a break – building position he can handle supremely well.

An “Enterprising” Stroke
A shot more like the sort of thing usually described as “enterprising” is a five-cushion cannon, and a very “hot” one. The main difficulty is that check side must be used to bring your ball away at the correct angle for the cannon, and as this tends to retard the run of your ball, neither must you use too much of it; nor must you hit the first object-ball too thickly and take too much pace out of your own ball by reason of the over-full contact.

This is another test of free cueing, and is worth trying merely on this account. It is a good shot because it eliminates the risk there is of potting the white if you attempt the screw cannon from white to red via the top cushion.

There is also a sporting chance of your ball dropping nicely on the red and tapping it over the top pocket when the five-cushion cannon is completed. This stroke also takes the white over towards the red, the screw shot splits the balls, from which it is evident that, as usual when playing the game of billiards, enterprise pays when everything is taken into account.Good luck!

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Starcraft 2 Strategy – Protoss Cannon Rush Counter Guide

This is going to be from the perspective of a terran player. Cannon rush is highly effective if it catches you off guard and you do not know how to respond to it. Many people see this cannon rush as “cheese” and that it “messes up the game”, but it’s very possible to get past as long as you follow these steps.

Starting Off
You are going to build a supply depot at a choke point, standard stuff, you are going to take that scv and send him to the opponents base and try to scout him, take another scv and patrol the corners of your base, and put him on the patrol root.

If you see a pylon on your base, you can surround it with your Scv’s and kill that pylon, and that’s that. End of the cannon rush.

If You Do Not See It
So you don’t see it initially and you see that he begins building his photon cannons. Well, there’s something that you should do, you should build a barracks near your opponents base inside of your base.

Going for the cannon rush is a all or nothing thing, so it’s quite risky, building a barracks should be done with that initial scouting SCV. You also want to go ahead to a far off expansion and create a nice command center.

You should also move the command center that’s being attacked to a nearby expansion so that you can escape these photon cannons. Build some marines that you’ve built at the front of your base, and pump out some marines at the barracks that you created at your opponents base as well.

Now with those marines that are at the enemies place. Your priority should be to stop his mineral flow and destroying his probes. If you do this soon you can prevent expansion. You also want to take out the forge as well so you can prevent him from making cannons.

Meanwhile at Your Expansion
Build up barracks, factories, refinery, supply depot, that standard stuff, and you want to try to mass on marines. You will be in a tough situation, so you want to try to go and take out his nexus and try to take out his economy. You can take out any photon cannons by putting your tanks into siege mode and simply range destroying them.

And that’s it! Cannon Rush Cheese has been melted. (I know, that was a terrible pun…)

Expert Terran, Zerg, Protoss build orders. Knowing each of these three races and their individual units including the unit’s strengths, weaknesses, countering & detailed strategy for every single unit vs. every other unit is imperative to master Starcraft 2 Online.

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