The 56 Cannons with the Left Proper Horse Variation is one of the most commonly used red counters against black's Sandwiched Horse Defense. This board is a discussion of some of the basics of this opening.
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.
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.
Two of the same boards are presented for you compare the different variations.
First created : 9th Feb 2012
Last modified: 9th Feb 2012
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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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