GM Liu Dianzhong's Endgame Lectures Chapter 10
Learn Endgame Compositions! 08

This is eighth page on the last chapter in the book. And this is a very special and important page.
To round off his examples of draws in endgame compositions, the GM introduces the BIG Four.
They are the considered the greatest of endgame compositions of all time. And because of the scope of the book, only the major variations is shown.
Liu has selected some more endgames for everybody's perusal. In fact, in "The Gathering of the Seven Stars", it is reputed to have over 300 variations. This endgame composition was also one of the first encounters the West had with XiangQi.
I have published all the variations of these four endgame compositions. Please hover your cursor over  "Composed Games" in the menu bar and you will find them. I recall it took me over 8 hours I think just for one of the puzzles, when I uploaded it two years ago.
PS: The names of some of the ancient manuals were ones that I have spent much time thinking off. It is the best that I can do.
Click here for the previous page in the previous chapter.
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: 31st Jan 2013
Last updated: 31st Jan 2013

GM Liu Dianzhong for making learning endgames a much easier job!
Mr Felix Tan for advice in various aspects of the game.
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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