Win More Chess Games Using the Ancient 36 Strategies by Richard Stooker
Chess is a game of substitute war, so you will win more chess games by taking advantage of the ancient wisdom distilled from the art of military strategies. This includes a collection of strategies compiled in China at least 1,500 years ago.
These strategies are taught to school children all over China, Japan and probably much of the rest of Asia even today.
If you think Chinese children learn the 36 Strategies as "classic literature" the same way American children must read Mark Twain . . . you are too foolish and naive to be allowed near a serious chess tournament.
You also should never try to do business in Asia, but that's another article.
You must first of all understand that the essence of warfare is deceit. This is challenging in chess, because both players can see the entire board and all the pieces.
You must learn to make moves that advance your strategies and tactics without revealing them to your opponent until it's too late. Of course, this is easier to write than to pull off in an actual chess game.
And it does require you to work, study and plan.
Your opponent can see the chessboard -- but not what's going on inside your mind.
You must learn to use that to your advantage. It requires a mental attitude and preparation which studying the 36 Strategies can help you acquire.
Some of the strategies to adapt to your chess game include:
Surrounding Wei to Rescue Zao -- do not attack your enemy where and when he is strong. Avoid direct confrontation. Aim for their weak points.