In this board, Red's Ange;'s Pawn is met with the Thundering Defense. Red opts to play the Left Central cannon , an opening that was once very popular prior to the 80's, but gradually neglected as the Right Central Cannon seem to have better resutls. Black chooses to play C8=5 for the Opposite Direction Cannons variation.
Similar to the Same Direction Cannons, this is a proactive and aggressive counter from black. Much improvement has been done to both sides and presented below are the major contemporary variations of this opening for both black and red.
There are basically 2 options for black and in the first board, black chooses R9+1 for the ranked chariot.
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.
To let you have a clearer sense of direction of where you are, I have included two boards.
First created : 13th Jan 2012
Last modified: 13th 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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