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Tian Ji inaugural horse race Sun Bin class

Tian Ji, courtesy name Qi, was a military general of the Qi state during the early Warring States period (4th century BC) .Tian Ji met Sun Bin and recommended him to King Wei of Qi as a military strategist. Tian Ji commanded the Qi armies in the Battle of Guiling and Battle of Maling, scoring victories against the Wei state with help and guidance from Sun Bin, whose name was due to an unjustified sentence of amputation above both knees.
Tian Ji was invited to participate in a horse-racing event hosted by the king and Sun Bin proposed a strategy for Tian Ji to win. Tian used his inferior horse to race with the king’s best horse, his average horse to race with the king’s inferior horse, and his best horse to race with the king’s average horse, winning two out of three races. The king was impressed by Tian Ji’s victory and Tian told the king that he won the race after following Sun Bin’s suggestion. Tian recommended Sun Bin to the king as a talent and the king appointed Sun as a military strategist and advisor. The inaugural horse race in Chinese history recorded in 《Shǐjì 》vol 65(Scribe’s records) 《Sun Bin & Wu Qi series 5》

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