This opening was very fashionable in the 1960-70's and is still seen from time to time in modern day competition. It remains one of my favourite screen horse counters against the central cannon. Not for the weak of heart and very very little room for mistake.
When Red pushes the red chariot R2+6 to pressure black's left flank, one of the natural things to do is to play H7+6 (riverbank horse) to threaten to capture back this red chariot, and to attempt to charge P7+1 to pressure red's right flank.
One of red's option would be to charge P5+1 as black has diminshed his central defence, while keeping the black cannon and chariot pinned to black's 8th file.
This is quite a big opening topic by itself but I have condensed and summarized some of the major or "orthodox" black variations countering red's P5+1 in this page.
For abbreviation's sake,
cc57paprc = central cannon with 5th and 7th pawn advancement and pawn ranked chariot,
sch7palrbh = screen horse defence with 7th pawn advancement and left rivernbank horse variation.
This work has been collected from a few openings manuals and I have tried to present them in more readable format. I believe it is the basic theory of this opening variation and it also represents the generally "orthodox" moves. 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 : 12th Dec 2011
Last modified: 12th Dec 2011
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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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