One very interesting thing about Sun Zi art of war, it matches exactly oh how Weiqi (Go) works.
The way the art of war tells u, seems to tell u how to play weiqi. Ask any weiqi player..and shows them this chapter, it amazing. How wonder weiqi is say to be apply to war too.
It is on chapter 8 i think titled Nine changes.
(Jiu Bian)Nine changes means the ever changing pattern, that must be taken into accord. In Weiqi , there are 9 crucial points (stars) too. Next it will tell u, when to attack and when not to attack. And how to surround the terrains, and learn to give up gains for a wiser gains etc. And dont attack fortify city unless u have strong support. In weiqi, u must leave a gap between ur black and opposing white, or u will lose if u dont understand any of the principles. Coz weiqi issnt simple surround. You can win only if u know the rules.
Just thought about your point.
Sunzi AoW contains a combination of both general strategy and and tactical specifics principles
One notion of Sunzi AoW is about identifying what target to attack.
Regardless of the climate and the terrain of battle, the strategist attacks the mind of the opposition.
Then, his/her belief system and finally his actual position through a combination of indirect and direct approaches.
If you can do that, victory @ any gamefield is guaranteed.
recommends the Ma Xiaochun book ["The Thirty-six Stratagems Applied to Go"]. It's a good tactical strategy book for the game of GO.
The 36 stratagems aproach is not about a set of guidelines that'll prove helpful in many different scenarios.
My take on the book:
* Every plan includes an oversight by the opponent (Threats, Opportunities. Weakness and Strengths);
* Your tactical plan and implementation is always based on positional judgment;
* Sacrifices occurs when one knows what he's doing and the plan is supported by profound experience and reading.
Edited by CARDINAL009, 10 April 2007 - 06:59 PM.