Central Cannon with Right Ranked Chariot and 7th Filed Horse Vs Screen Horse Defence
Black plays E3+5 and C8=9 while  Red R1=4

C12 中炮右横车对屏风马

This is another very commonly played and very complex, very versatile red opening.It is a less fireworked filled opening. Both Red and Black choose development of their chess pieces over a quick attack.
A point to note, the ECCO classification classifies this as Central cannon with right ranked chariot for red. However, in most literature, this red opening is given as 中炮橫车七路马 or Central Cannon with Ranked Chariot and 7th Filed Horse. I guess for accomplished players or Xq fans who have been around for some time, the original name is more familiar.

C12 Central cannon right ranked chariot with 7th filed horse vs screen horse defense

For Red, his target of attack is black's left flank and of course, the center.
For black, his primary goal is to defend these above mentioned areas of weaknesses. A natural target for black to attack would be red's right flank.
This opening is more of a Taichi opening in the sense that the formation and development takes greater improvement over actual attack. The main battle field is in the midgame.

This board is based primarily on the books by Master Zhang Qiang and Master Yan Wenqing. I believe it is the basic theory of this opening variation and it also represnets the generally accepted orthodox moves.
It is impossible to master this variation just by going through this board alone but at least you will not make certain mistakes.


First created : 27th Feb 2012
Last modified: 27th 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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