A couple days ago, I was bored so I decided to purchase Fritz's 21-page PDF How to Win at Tournaments. If you're thinking of purchasing it, why not for only 10 bucks, it's a good read.
Why even bother playing in tournaments?
Is that your army? Remixing your list.
Preparing for the big day. Tournament “Training”.
Dealing With Surly Players.
Playing the games themselves. Intelligence gathering.
What to do about composition?
Post Game wrap-up. Analyzing the results.
Bonus Content: Playing In A Doubles Tournament
Without telling you what to do, Fritz sets you up with getting the right mindset for tournament games. The list building section is a good example. The basic philosophy is that you can either build an all comers list or a specialist army. For the most part, the Tau are a specialist army with our strengths lying in moving and shooting. Fritz points out that with a specialist army you have to be 100% on top of your game. Mistakes can lead to horrendous failures. I must say that is my experience with the Tau so the advice given there is very pertinent.
Preparation is key and Fritz lays out a pretty method of getting to know your army intimately and getting more out of it without spending 100 plus hours rolling dice at the club.
The most important section of this PDF is the section on dealing with surly players. If you've played in tournaments you know what he's talking about. Some of you may have been that surly player. I know I have. He gives concrete advice on how you should react, on how you should behave. After all, you are the only one responsible for your actions, why not make them the best they can be. Fritz's attitude and demeanor are a model for 40k players all around. I think he's learned this way of being at the tabletop from eastern philosophy that he's picked up in martial arts training.
While there are some areas I would have liked him to have expanded on upon, like providing sample tournament lists and how they function, or even giving some sample tournament mission and explaining the thinking behind them, I was pleased with my purchase and I recommend it to anyone interested in placing or winning tournaments. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down.
My tournament list is changing for March Maddness here with the Inner Circle. Fritz has gotten pumped me up for tournaments. If you're interested in getting this PDF, here it is: http://saimhann.blogspot.com/2010/01/win-40k-tournaments-pdf.html