My strategy is always going to depend on the table i am sat at. Sometimes its a very tight table sometimes its a very loose table. For the most part i am going to see more flops early in a tournament and try to get in where i see a good opportunity for pot odds
and implied odds. If there is a good bit of chips to be made during a hand i will jump in with a less than strong hand on a chance to get lucky and get chips later in the hand. If my chips start to dwindle or I start running bad, getting unlucky, or just getting card dead i will start to settle down and tighten up and try to get in isolation. If i am low stacked i will not go for pot odds
or implied odds as much and i will try to get in isolation on a coin flip or 2 until i get some chips back. Many people think playing aggressive on the bubble is the best way to go, I dont subscribe to this method just because there is a chance to lose what you have worked so hard for, and i dont like to get myself in cooler situations late in tournaments. Once the bubble has broken i will then loosen up and try to play on reads much more than before, getting in against someone who is raising a lot and try to outplay them in isolation. Early in a tournament tho is the best part of the tournament for me, I generally will get in where i see implied odds and therefore end up becoming a chip leader early in tournaments, The best part is too look for your spots, dont get in against people who are just loose cannons ready to throw all their chips at any time, espeically if you arent ready to fight fire w fire. So know who your opponents are and keep your chips up. By that i mean control the size of the pots with your betting and the way you play your hands. Dont play too heavy w just top pairs and dont be afraid to play your really strong hands soft. There are chips to be made by plays all over the place in tournaments, so the best way is to make sure you keep your chips going up without risking too much at any time and you should do well. Once you are on the final table you have to play mostly on reads and play very very good hands. I tighten up quite a bit but thats the weakest part of my tournament so maybe i should be playing a little bit looser, I do know that playing on reads is going to be your best bet short handed though. So control the size of the pots you are in, look for pot odds and implied odds early in a tournament, and then be aggressive in situations against tighter players in isoaltion. Another way i end up getting a lot of chips without losing them is look for good races once you have chips, if you are risking 1/3 of your stack on a race i dont think its a good call. if you are only risking 1/8 of your stack on a race you have to go for it. Other than that dont be afraid to fold your 10,10, or JJ preflop against a low stack if they are somewhere near 1/4 of your stack. if it was a coinflip and you would of won, oh well, look for a better position where you know you are a 4-1 or 5-1 favorite against someone when you are risking 1/3 your stack or so. Wait and wait until you can get into hands where you have a chance to win without having to see all the cards played out. You can get chips so many other ways than racing when you dont need to. Be discplined and keep the pot sizes in your control in good position against people you have good reads on and you will do well. Good luck.