Same Direction Cannons :
File chariot vs Ranked chariot.
Red pushes the 3rd pawn with Cross riverbank chariot variation  
D26 顺炮 直车对横车
        红进三兵骑河车

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Anyway, this is a basic introduction to one of the variations of the same direction cannons. It is quite new and still seen in competition.
In this variation, Red moves two proper horses (H2+3 and H8+7), pushes the 3rd Pawn forward (WXF calls it 3rd Pawn Advancement and I abbreivate it as 3PA) and plays R2+5. R2+5 would imply that the chariot patrols the river on the opponent's side, a risky move! The chinese term is 骑河车 and there is no official WXF nomenclature yet, the last time I looked. So I have taken the liberty to name it the cross riverbank chariot and abbreviate it as crbc. Hence, this opening would be  ...
Same direction cannons: Filed chariot vs Ranked chariot with red 3pa and crbc variation or simply
sdc fr vs rr , red 3pa and crbc ...
Anyway, I have pasted 3 boards just in case you get lost in the variations. 3 boards makes learning faster also...
Enjoy... (what the heck have I got myself into...LOL ) 

same direction cannons 3rd pawn advancement with cross riverbank chariot variationGM Hu Ronghua is credited with this variation, and took the same direction cannons to a new level while breathing new life into this old opening.
A note for beginners, unlike chess, there are much less specific names for the openings.
Xiangqi openings are basically named after the moves. And due to the lack of terms, I have had to invent some myself.
In this variation, Red moves two proper horses (H2+3 and H8+7), pushes the 3rd Pawn forward (WXF calls it 3rd Pawn Advancement and I abbreivate it as 3PA) and plays R2+5. R2+5 would imply that the chariot patrols the river on the opponent's side, a risky move! The chinese term is 骑河车 and there is no official WXF nomenclature yet, the last time I looked. So I have taken the liberty to name it the cross riverbank chariot and abbreviate it as crbc. Hence, this opening would be  ...
Same direction cannons: Filed chariot vs Ranked chariot with red 3pa and crbc variation or simply
sdc fr vs rr , red 3pa and crbc ...
Anyway, I have pasted 3 boards just in case you get lost in the variations. 3 boards makes learning faster also...
Enjoy... (what the heck have I got myself into...LOL )

First created : 3rd October 2011
Last modified: 18th November 2011
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References:

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

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