GM Hu Ronghua's Sandwiched Horse Defense Treatise Introduction

Central Cannon vs. Sandwiched Horse Defense Basic FormationGrandmaster Hu Ronghua's Sandwiched Horse Defense Treatise is one of the classics on Xiangqi that MUST BE read. Although it was not a thick book, the way that the Grandmaster presented the material is very beneficial to anyone trying to learn the Opening Phase in Xiangqi.

The Sandwiched Horse Defense was made a viable counter to the Central Cannon almost single-handedly by the Grandmaster. Today, it is the second most played counter against the Central Cannon in tournaments around the world, after the Screen Horse Defense. At the peak of his career, the Grandmaster wrote a short book on the topic back in the 1980s. It was a truly remarkable book where he shared his insights into the opening system with all.

There were twelve chapters in the book. The first eleven chapters discussed the various major variations of the Central Cannon vs. Sandwiched Horse Defense System. In contrast, the last chapter contained thirteen games that were played and commented by the Grandmaster himself. There were two editions to the book in the Webmaster's recollection. He lost his copy of the book three decades ago and still laments that loss to this day. Luckily, the Webmaster's lifelong frenemy and arch-enemy on the board, Mr. OH Tan, gifted his collection, which contained the Grandmaster's signature! The contents of this section are based on this book..

The book that the Webmaster is using and the grandmaster's signature can be seen below.

 

 Hu Ronghua Sandwiched Horse Defense Treatise Book Cover 01 Hu Ronghua Sandwiched Horse Defense Treatise Book Cover02 


This edition of the treatise was published by a joint effort back in the 1980s. The Webmaster has obtained the permission of the AXF Secretary-General, Mr. Lim Kwan How, to translate the book into English and share it with the West. The Webmaster has also uploaded a series of videos according to the different chapters. These videos have been uploaded to Youtube.

Youtube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSgklQ5ZjutotE_lBAtXQ5YcKVsopOFBM 

In this Website, the book will be presented as different pages where each chapter will be represented by one page.  

This section is still under construction and the Webmaster will try to upload it ASAP.

 

Contents:

 

Contents of the Sandwiched Horse Treatise
Chapter Contents # of Boards
 1  Why the ancient method of playing the Sandwiched Horse Defense failed    3
 2  Central Cannon with Filed Chariot with Cannon Sacrifice Variation vs. Sandwiched Horse Defense   1
 3  Central Cannon with 3rd Pawn Advancement vs. Sandwiched Horse Defense with Right Elephan  3
 4  56 Cannons with 3rd Pawn Advancement vs. Sandwiched Horse Defense with Right Elephant   3
 5  Central Cannon with 3rd Pawn Advancement vs. Sandwiched Horse Defense with Left Elephant     5
 6  Central Cannon with 3rd Pawn Advancement vs. Sandwiched Horse Defense with Ranked Chariot   5
 7  Central Cannon with Ranked Chariot and 7th Filed Horse vs. Sandwiched Horse Defense   5
 8  Central Cannon with Proper Horses and 56 Cannons vs. Sandwiched Horse Defense   4
 9  Central Cannon vs. Sandwiched Horse Defense with 7th Pawn Advancement  3
10  Central Cannon with 7th Pawn Advancement vs. Sandwiched Horse Defense   3
11  Central Cannon with 7th Pawn Advancement and Pawn Ranked Chariot vs. Sandwiched Horse Defense   5
12  Commentaries of Annotated Games 13

 

Have fun! 

 

References:

1. 胡, 荣华. 夹炮屏风 反宫马布局研究. Hong Kong and Singapore : 香港业余象棋协会 新加坡北斗象棋研究会, 1983.