4) Wait at ease for the fatigued enemy
To weaken the enemy, it is not necessary to attack him directly. Tire him bycarrying out an active defence, and in doing so, his strength will be reduced, andyour side will gain the upper hand. This is weakening the strong to benefit theweak.
5) Loot a burning house
When the enemy falls into severe crisis, exploit his adversity and attack by directconfrontation. This is strong defeating the weak. (used in 499BC)
6) Make a feint in the east while attacking in thewest
When the enemy command is in confusion, it will be unprepared for anycontingencies. The situation is like flood water rising higher and higher; likely toburst the dam at any time. When the enemy loses internal control, take thechance to destroy him. (used in AD 200)
Stratagems for Confrontation
- Create something out of nothing- Advance to Chenchang by a hidden path- Watch the fire burning across the river - Conceal a dagger in a smile- Sacrifice the plum for the peach- Lead away a goat in passing
7) Create something out of nothing
Design a counterfeit front to put the enemy off guard. When the trick works, thefront is changed into something real so the enemy will be thrown into a state of double confusion. In short, deceptive appearances often conceal someforthcoming dangers. (used in AD 756)
8) Advance to Chencang by a hidden path
To pin down the enemy, expose part of your action deliberately, so that you canmake a surprise attack somewhere else.