The Theory & Practice of Gamesmanship

by Stephen Potter | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 1559212233 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/15/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, January 15, 2018
I got this somewhat-battered hardcover from a friend who's downsizing. It has an inscription on the flyleaf from 1953, "To Stubby..."

The book itself is a very funny look at subtle - and not-so-subtle - techniques for putting one's opponents off of their game, be it golf, tennis, croquet, chess, or billiards. (The methods could apply to many other games, but most of the examples here fall into the above categories.) Some of the suggestions border on the really-obnoxious, while others are clever psychological warfare - among them, making sure to interrupt play by simulating annoyance with spectators on behalf of your opponent rather than on your own.

There are comments on dealing with vastly superior opponents (often involving ways to lose in such a manner as to steal the thunder of the winner), on using one's choice of outfit to distract the foe, on long-term processes for getting the better of regular opponents... And it's all done in a very dry, arch manner that tickled me immensely, even though I have no intention of making use of any of the advice {wry grin}.

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, 20 Broad St. in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (1/31/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library, 20 Broad St. in Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I left this book in the Little Free Library; hope someone enjoys it!

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