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A proven counter against the central cannon is the Sandwiched Horse Defence, and the topic of discussion today is perhaps one of the most commonly played variations of this counter.
The Sandwiched Horse Defence is also known as the Pseudo Knights Defence or simply Fangong Ma in other websites or literature. Again, to decrease confusion, the Sandwiched Horse Defence is used as it is the WXF recommendation.
I have based this board primarily on Master 阎文清 and Master 张强's work after briefly checking it against different manuals by different authors.
When black plays H8=6 to threaten to fork red and prevent red from playing H8+7, one of the oldest counter is to play the right ranked chariot. Red plays R1+1 followed by R1=4 so that the effects of this move are deleted. Red also attempts to attack the center or place pressure on black's right flank with this variation. This is one of the older opening still occasionally seen in actual competition although red's attack can be handled by the Sandwiched Horse Defense.
The moves give represent the generally "orthodox" moves that have been proven over time in many competitions. However, I do advise the reader to form his conclusions about the various formations as there is no sure-win opening variation in Xiangqi, and different formations may be treated the differently by different people.
I do not expect that anyone will be a master of this opening after going through the boards but at least , do not make the basic mistakes or go against the principles of this opening.
For abbreviation's sake,
cc7parr = central cannon with 5th pawn advancement and ranked chariot,
sah = sandwiched horse defense
First created : 31st October 2011
Last modified: 18th November 2011
Acknowledgements: None yet
1. <<象棋实战技法>> by 傅宝胜
2. <<象棋步局精要>> by 刘殿中 齐津安
3. Various internet sources.
4. <<布局定式与战理>> 阎文清 张强 . Some of the videos that you see on this site by HK Jimmy are based on this book or other books in a series of books by the same authors. Perhaps one of the best series of books on openings in the past 2 decades.
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