Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) Opening Tabia and their Principles:

 

Central Cannon Vs. Three Step Tiger

Central Cannon vs. Three Step Tiger with Deferred Opposite Direction Cannons

Central Cannon vs. Left Cannon Blockade with Deferred Opposite Direction Cannons

 

 

Yan Wenqing and Zhang Qing Trilogy of Books on Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) Opening

In the ancient times, other than the Same Direction Cannons, the Opposite Direction Cannons was often played by Black. Unfortunately, it has been proven over time to be inadequate against the Central Cannon. Modern-day opening theory has seen that Black would now defer playing the Opposite Direction Cannons to a later date. Instead, Black would adopt the Three Step Tiger to allow for faster development of his Chariot or the Left Cannon Blockade where he would gamble everything by attaking Red's flank very early. Sometimes, Black would counter with the Deferred Opposite Direction Cannons or other variations.

This opening system has grown in popularity. Notable experts include Chinese Master Jin Song et cetera. It is a very aggressive opening system which players with an aggressive nature love very much.

In the book, the authors share their insights to the opening system. The book is divided into four sections:

  • a) Central Cannon with 3rd Pawn Advancement vs. Left Three Step Tiger
  • b) Central Cannon with 3rd Pawn Advancement vs. Left Three Step Tiger with Deferred Opposite Direction Cannons
  • c) Central Cannon with 7th Pawn Advancement vs. Left Three Step Tiger
  • d) Central Cannon vs. Left Cannon Blockade with Deferred Opposite Direction Cannons.

In this page, the Central Cannon with 3rd Pawn Advancement vs. Left Three Step Tiger WITHOUT the Deferred Opposite Direction Cannons is studied.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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