The Plum Flower Manual, Original
梅花谱  Vol. 2, Games 4-5

This is volume 2 of The Plum Flower Manual by Wang, or the original Plum Flower Manual. 
This is another masterpiece, which has shaped the thinking of openings for centuries to come.
Volume 1 was dedicated to black using the Screen Horse Defence against Red's Central cannon.
In volume 2, red uses the cross palace cannon C2=6 or C8=4. C2=6 is the opening move used here.
Black counters with the left central cannon: 1. C2=6 C8=5. This is a much better counter than C2=5.
In game 4, red utilizes the riverbank cannon again but moves C8+4 not long after.
In game 5, red uses the pawn rank chariot instead of the riverbank chariot he had been using the past few games.
Although there are quite a few variations in the boards, they are not as complex as the previous ones, and easily understood, so I have added them all to one page.
These three games may seem crude by today's standards but they are the backbone and basis of modern day opening theory. And as in the previous games, the kills are spectacular!

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