腾挪 Shifting is the tactic discussed here.
It is one of the hardest term to translate. I had originally coined it maneuvering, but after much consideration, I have decided to used the term given in the the free ebook found at WXF, which is shifting. The reason for this is because maneuvering seems to be a better term than deployment, another commonly used tactic.
In Xiangqi, often a chess piece gets in the way of another piece, thus disallowing the blocked piece from living up to its full potential. For example, piece A is able to assist in a checkmate or gain advantage but it is is blocked by piece B. To allow piece A to live up to his potential, piece B is moved. The manner by which piece B is moved is key. Piece B may be sacrificed, or used to block your opponent's other pieces, or used to perform a check, or to position itself in a checkmate position...etc. And once piece B is moved, piece A is freed from its chains and can do damage.
The trick in this tactic is that during the removal of this roadblock, your opponent is forced unwillingly to allow the blocked piece to fulfil its potential as it has to resolve the trouble caused by the moved piece.
Shifting is considered one of the harder tactics to use in Xiangqi and is a very aggressive method of play.
Below is a collection of games used to explain this concept.
And if anybody has a better term, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org , and email me soon; I do not wish to do this too many times...Life is too short to be spent on such unnecessary details when I have many mahjong games to attend to.
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