Openings in Xiangqi is a mamoth topic whereby most Xiangqi enthusiasts immediately try to learn more about. There is a saying in Chinese, a good start would put you halfway on the path to sucess (好的开始是成功的一半). Indeed, a good opening would give you some advantage going into the midgame phase. Indeed, this section was the nightmare section that the Webmaster had when trying to move the website. After much consideration, the Webmaster has decided to RE-DO the entire section and add modifications. Many parts present in the original site will be uploaded over the next few months time.
If you have already have strong fundamentals in the Basic Kills, and the Endgame, this section would be the place to continue your journey.
The study of Xiangqi openings is a huge topic whereby it is almost impossible for me alone to introduce all. The Webmaster will try to present each opening in as simple terms as possible and categorize them according to the ECCO system, even though there are still inadequacies.
As with the entire website, the WXF recommendations will be used first and foremost. 
It is still the best system on Xiangqi openings that the Webmaster knows, to date, and the ONLY decent one that is present. is the URL for those interested, though it is completely in Chinese.
The Webmaster has tried his best to organize the section to the best of his abilities. To provide a systematic format, the ECCO classification would be used as the fundamental format from which the material is presented. Click here to download an English translation that the Webmaster has spent hours doing.
This section would be concerned with contemporary material. As mentioned in the section on Ancient Manuals, it would definitely be worthwhile to go through the variations shown in the various ancient manuals.
Visitors new to Xiangqi are encouraged to read the article found under the Xiangqi basics section to have a rough idea of what Xiangqi openings are.
For more advanced players, please click on the opening or variation you would want to see. I will slowly add the flying daggers 飞刀 that I know off as variations. For those who do not know what a flying dagger is, it is a termed used to refer to traps in openings whereby you gain a huge advantage should your opponent get hit by one. 

First Created: April 2011
Last updated: 23rd Dec 2013
Acknowledgments: Georg Jeiter for his invaluable help on ECCO , and for reminding me to make the correct links.


1. Various internet sources.
2. <<象棋实战技法>> by 傅宝胜
3. <<象棋步局精要>> by 刘殿中 齐津安
4. Various internet sources.
5. <<布局定式与战理>> , <<布局騙著與對策>>, <<象棋疑型與攻擊>> by Master 阎文清 Yan WenQing and Master 张强 Zhang Qiang. Some of the videos that you see on this site by HK Jimmy are based on this book or other books in a series of books by the same authors. Perhaps one of the best series of books on openings in the past three decades.
6. <<仙人指路对卒底炮>> by 金启昌 et al. 7. <<炮类布局大全>>, <<兵类布局大全>> , <<相兵类布局大全>>, <<马兵类布局大全>> by 杨典