Cannon smothered checkmate
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One of the most basic kills the cannon can have. The palace consists of basically 9 points where the king can move. If the palace were filled with other pieces that might prevent the king from moving freely or restricting to one file or rank, the cannon smothered checkmate is one of the attacking options as the king is restricted to the palace. So, if the palace were full of pieces or the king was not allowed to move freely, this kill can be utilized, given the cannon's capacity to jump over cannon mounts.

This kill would be relatively foreign to international chess players, because the cannon is a unique piece to Xiangqi.

The following games are more advanced examples of the smothered cannon checkmate. It is the modified version of game 027 and game 333 from the Elegant Pastime Xiangqi Manual.

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