Originally Posted by ribenaboy
When in a tournament should you start making a move?
i usually do it when I am down to 4x BB, is that too late?
First, welcome to CC. I see this is your 1st post.
Like so many strategic questions, the correct answer to this question is- it depends. So many factors figure into tjis- certainly where the bubble, or next
bubble is what kind of read you have on your table mates, position, first in vigorish all play a roll in the decision making process, as well as your M. Try for opportunities to attack an average, medium sized stack, while you still have enough chips to inflict damage. In general, 4BB is too low to go before movng. You don't have enough clout to push out anybody , big stacks will often call with ATC in such a situation, because losing to you won't affect their overall position much. And, be wary of ultra short stacks, 'cause they're in fold or shove mode already. Try and isolate an average stack and move on them, ;cause they have the most at stake. And start looking for opportunities when you get to 10BB, mas o menos.
By this point in a tourney, even picking up the blinds and antes is huge to your survival. Be situation oriented more than card oriented.
For some fine discussion of this topic, go here: http://www.cardschat.com/f11/chip-stack-size-tournaments-93771/