It doesn't. So what? And yes, it isn't _trying_ to be a strategic wargame; rather, it _is_ a strategic wargame. In chess, starting strategies are known as "gambits". End-game strategies - in english are simply called "endgame strategies", in other languages there are special terms for those though, like russian " endshpil' ". Google search for "chess strategy" - with quotes, that is, - returns ~346000 results. So you see, chess is strategic game. As for "wargame" - well, it is exactly war going on on a chessboard; pieces like knights, bishops, castles and pawns clearly indicate that, especially when advanced design pieces are being used to play the game.