Horse Cannon Checkmate 马后炮

Another very basic kill. Very commonly used. In the horse cannon checkmate, the horse acts as the cannon mount while controlling 1-2 points in the palace, usually 2 points out of three in a rank or file. The cannon, placed behind the horse, will perform the check of the remainng point in that  rank or file.

Incidentally, there is a saying quite commonly used in Chinese called 放马后炮 which means that someone is stating the obvious or making a comment after the result or consequences are known. Xiangqi has its roots in everyday life...

The following game is from the Extremely Brilliant and Superb Xiangqi Manual, game 180. Although very basic, it demonstrates how the horse and cannon can control your opponent's king and mate. For beginners, please go through all the variations listed.

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