When playing the against the Sandwiched Horse Defense, one common variation that red uses is to play the left side horse early. This opening can metamorphosize into the 56 cannons or 57 cannons and is one of the most commonly played openings that red uses.
Black would push the 7th Pawn forward as it is more ideal to develop his left horse. However, the left chariot and sometimes even the right chariot would be underdeveloped. This is the issue that black has to solve.
In this board, red uses the 57 Cannons with left side horse variation. The advantages include being able to develop both red chariots faster for control but the downside is that the two horses are relatively undeveloped. Developing the two horses would become an important issue for red.
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.
First created : 28th Jan 2012
Last modified: 28th Jan 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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