The best tournament poker book I know are Snyder’s books The Poker Tournament Formula and The Poker Tournament Formula 2.
I had not looked at his books for a long time, but was reading for a while on Kindle while waiting for my second vaccine shot today and immediately identified a cardinal error that I was making and set about rectifying it in The Milky Way tournament this evening. Started off a bit rocky and was down to 1200 chips after 1/2 hour, but came back, got a big stack, got the lead, and won the tournament.
The key is very simple actually. Get a big stack first, and then play a lot of hands and knock people out. You are always going to lose some horse-race hands, but if your stack is big enough versus opponent, you can take your licks, come back, and knock them out.
Saw two players on the final table who got a shot at the lead, at least for a while, but they played too passive. One kept limping from early position and I was able to put in raises from position, bluff flops and gradually dismantle his monster stack. The other had obtained a big stack by doubling through me with A9 versus my AK, but eventually I put him out with my 44 vs his AK, so justice was done in the end.
Funny moment in the first hour when a poster who is not a stranger to this discussion board called my flop shove and lost most of his stack announced that RP is “rigged”. It was rigged in my favor again tonight, so no problem for me. On the “rigged hand” my flush with 97s beat his (claimed) flush that he mucked. Obviously not the nuts then. A little later another well-known top RP tournament player went out and also announced that the game was “rigged” , but I am sure it was tongue in cheek.
Anyway, Snyder is the bomb. He and I think alike. Really recommend his books.