In consideration of one pocket as "the chess game of pool," we shouldn't overlook the fact that critical decisions are often involved in deciding when to tap, re-tap, or shoot away. These are just some of the decisions that complicate the game to make superior judgment a stronger adversary of pocketing skill.with no support for why what we are doing currently makes any sense.
When I play a weaker player (almost never :frus ) if I take an intentional I'm hoping he doesn't tap back. If he doesn't, I almost always end in better shape than I was before my intentional. (I even see better players make this mistake at times.)