Central cannon with 3rd Pawn Advancement vs
Left Cannon Blockade with halfway Opposite Direction Cannons
Red right riverbank horse variation
ECCO:D33 中炮進三兵對左炮封車轉列炮

The Left Cannon Blockade is one of the more aggressive counters against the central cannon. It has also been proven to be effective over the years. When you play the Left Cannon Blockade, you can choose the halfway Opposite Direction Cannons variation or the Screen Horse Defence with Double cannons crossing river variation. All are very very aggressive counters full of fireworks, one tiny mistake and that is it!The moves shown here 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. 
 

 

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 major variations are about the same.

For abbreviation's sake, 
CC = Right Central Cannon,
Lt CB = Left cannon blockade. 
Halfway ODC = Halfway Opposite Direction Cannons
or PTLP for the acronym of the hanyu pinyin of this opening
Rt rbh = Red riverbank horse

 

First created : 18th October 2011
Last modified: 24th 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
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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