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I found this...

...this morning as I was researching Placement Test Writing Prompts (don't ask). It reminded me of many NSTIW stories from around far too many tables with the fighters and fencers I know:

"The best swordsman in the world doesn’t need to fear the second best swordsman in the world; no the person for him to be afraid of is some ignorant antagonist who has never had a sword in his hand before; he doesn’t do the thing he ought to do, and so the expert isn’t prepared for him; he does the thing he ought not to do; and often it catches the expert out and ends him on the spot."

--- Samuel Clemens

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swordandmug
Aug. 20th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yep, so true.
kelfstein
Aug. 21st, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
It works that way in chess too.
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