The Thirty-Six Stratagems
B. Strategies of Confrontation
Create something out of nothing.
Advance to Chencang by a hidden path.
Watch the fire burning across the river.
Conceal a dagger in a smile.
Sacrifice the plum for the peach.
Grab a goat in passing.
C. Strategies for Gaining Ground.
Replace the beams and pillars with rotten timber
Point at the mulberry only to curse the locust
Remove the ladder after the ascent
Putting fake blossoms on the tree
Host and guest reversed
D. Strategies for Confused Situations.
Remove the fire from under the cauldron
Fish in troubled water
Bolt the door to catch the thief
Befriend a distant state while attacking a neighbor
Borrow a route to conquer Guo
E. Strategies for Desperate Situations.
Empty city ploy
Sow discord in the enemy's camp
Inflict injury on oneself to win the enemy's trust
Retreat is the best option
F. Strategies of Attack
Beat the grass to startle the snake
Raise a corpse from the dead
Lure the tiger out of the mountain
Let the enemy off in order to snare him
Cast a brick to attract a gem
To catch rebels, nab their leader first