Chapter: The Nine Situations



Forestall your opponent by seizing what he holds dear, and subtly contrive to time his arrival on the ground.


If you hold what the enemy cares about, such as a key town that has cultural significance, then they will be cautious in case you harm it. You may hence be able to use it as a bargaining chip or to gain time.

If you can control when and where the battles will occur then you can ensure you are better prepared and that the enemy is exhausted and unready.