10.6

Chapter: Terrain

10.6

Translation:

When the position is such that neither side will gain by making the first move, it is called temporizing ground.

Commentary

Stalemate can ensue from equality, for example where both hold entangling ground or where there is a disadvantageous obstacle in the way.

Sometimes when neither army is motivated to fight, being equal and bereft of ideas, the ground may be taken as temporizing when it is not.