Maneuvering pieces with with help from the cannon 借炮运子
This is another commonly used tactics in actual play. Very practical.
The cannon, by virtue of its attacking capabilities, is able to perform a discovered check when used in combination with other major attacking pieces. It is also very often used to skewer your opponent's pieces.
By means of a discovered check, threatening to capture, pinning your opponent's pieces ... etc, you can maneuver your other pieces to better positions to facilitate your attack.
When you maneuver the chariot with aid from the chariot, it is known as 借炮使车. The chariot is postioned to a better place with help from the cannon.The same can be said for maneuvering the horse, pawn etc with aid from the cannon.
The ancient manuals are loaded with such examples, below are just a few randomly selected examples.
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