The Clog 堵塞 is the tactic discussed here.
In Xiangqi, the king is confined to the parameters of the palace. There are basically 9 points where it can move. When you are able to limit or clog up the palace, thereby limiting the number of places where the king can move, you would be able to perform a kill swiftly. To do so, sacrificing your own pieces is often needed. A final check from a chariot, horse, cannon or even the humble pawn is all that is needed for a smothered checkmate.
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