I've competed for a little over ten years and I've always subscribed to the philosophy that your opening attempt should set you up for your second (i.e. not too big of a jump), which should be a small pr and that you should go for broke on your third attempt. I think I got this approach from reading Dave Tate's writings. This generally worked well when I was newer to the game, but has worked less well in recent years.
So, on to my question. For experienced lifters with more than 5 meets under your belt, how do you go about picking your attempts? Is your second lift a pr attempt or something close to your best that sets you up for a pr attempt on your third?
The article that prompted my post is at http://www.marylandpowerlifting.com/page.asp?contentID=135