Article PDF: 6.5 Nine Responses

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Twelve rules for using the best responses to the nine common competitive situations.

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This article explains the standard responses for each of Sun Tzu's nine classes of competitive situations. These situations develop naturally over the course of a move or campaign. While their development is natural, our successful resolution of these situation depends entirely on our choice of action. Our instinctual responses only lead us from one situation to the next, ending eventually at the desperate situation. This is the path we seek to avoid by training our responses. We can only successfully advance our position in these situations if we apply the right responses. The problem is that most of us simply do not understand those reponses, at least not enough to use them instantly and a matter of trained reflex.