Tactic: 
Sacrifice Before Gaining Back  
先弃后取 01

Sacrifice before Gaining Back 先弃后取
This is another commonly used tactic in actual play. Very practical.
Sometimes, in actual play, you need to sacrifice a piece first to break open a deadlock. However, this sacrifice is only made when you have full confidence that you will gain equivalent material, in addition to control of the game. 
This sacrifice would force your opponent to take it, thereby giving up whatever good positioning or advantage that he originally had, thus lessening the threat he had over you. After the sacrifice, you would be able to take the lost piece back in equivalent material.
The ancient manuals are loaded with such examples, below are just a few randomly selected examples.
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