Originally Posted by popiques
well it's quite simple. when you 're short stacked you play very few hands... in conclusion the best way to deal with a short stack is to tighten your game.
I am actually going to respectfully disagree with this. I'm not saying it's bad to play tight with a shortstack, but I think it depends on the context. For example, if it's early in the tournament and your table is still full then I think you can still be somewhat selective with your hands, waiting for a decent one to push with that'll either get you some blinds or have a caller or two and help you double up.
However, if it's getting late in the tournament, on the bubble and close to ITM, and your table has become shorthanded (less than six players) those blinds are going to chop you down in no time flat. You have to make a move sometimes regardless of your cards. But in this context its ok, because being close to ITM means that most players are playing tight anyway, and you can probably get them to fold with a shove. Nothing's guaranteed, but if you don't make a move quick, and your 10xBB stack is all of a sudden a 5xBB stack, then you probably won't get anyone to fold and are pretty much running out of options.
Basically what I'm saying is, always take your surroundings into consideration when choosing how you're going to play. Some situations call for you to be tight, others loose. Keep your eyes open and watch for opportunities.
That's my two cents. Hope its helpful, and good luck!