GM Liu Dianzhong's Endgame Lectures Chapter 08
Chariot Cannon Endgames 01

This is the first page in Chapter 8 which is focused on 1r1c endgames
The chariot and cannon both attack in straight lines and function very well as deadly long ranged weapons. Therefore, when the chariot and cannon are combined in attack, they are able to complement each other and is a very lethal combination indeed. Because the chariot and cannon are also very mobile, the attack is often very straightforward and seldom beat around the bush. If pawns are able to further assist in the kill, the combined efforts of this combination would allow many tactical possibilities to come into use, like forming a blockade, obstructing the movement of the opponent's pieces, idle moves etc. The end result is often a breathtaking attack, and very exciting too. Sometimes, the tactics that can be employed could also determine the game. That is why the beginner MUST treasure and learn how to use this combination properly.
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I have redone GM Liu Dianzhong's lectures adding footnotes to his explanations to make things easier for the newcomer and I have tried my best to add the explanations to some of the variations to help the beginner appreciate the game better. If you discover any mistakes or have better moves, please email me at or

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First created: 26th Nov 2012
Last updated: 27th Nov
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References :
1. <<象棋新編教程--象棋殘局基礎>> by GM Liu DianZhong 劉殿中, Qi JinAn 齐津安.
2. <<象棋辭典>> by the late legendary Master Tu JingMing 屠景明
3. <<跟我學象棋 初級教程>> by Wang Guodong 王國棟, Fang ShiQing 方仕慶, Li YanGui 李燕貴

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