Listed below are the commonly used modern day openings in Xiangqi. I have tried to organize them into a more systematic format. The reader is also encouraged to go to the ancient manuals section (though some may be still under construction) to see the relevant openings to have a better idea of the evolution of the openings.
The study of Xiangqi openings is a huge topic whereby it is impossible for me alone to introduce all. If anyone is interested in helping, please email me at or . I will try to present each opening in as simple terms as possible and categorize them according to the ECCO system, even though I personally do not agree with some of the ways it is arranged. It is still the best system on Xiangqi openings that I know to date, and the ONLY decent one that is present. is the url for those interested, though it is completely in Chinese.
Visitors new to Xiangqi are encouraged to read the article found under the Xiangqi basics section to have a rough idea of what Xiangqi openings are. For more advanced players, please click on the opening or variation you would want to see. I will slowly add the flying daggers 飞刀 that I know off as variations. For those who do not know what a flying dagger is, it is a termed used to refer to traps in openings whereby you gain a huge advantage should your opponent get hit by one.
The WXF recommendations will be used first and foremost. However if there are no current translations, I will use my own.
Abbreviations will be used because typing is hard work...and some of the abbreviations may seem funny but you will get the hang of them quickly. I have added a short article for those interested. Click here... is the url where I have found some of the openings. Please applaud the hard work of the men who did them!
I have redone the Openings menu page. Please hover your mouse over it and a whole new sub-menu bar would appear.

ECCO (Encyclopedia of Chinese Chess Opening )
 Click here (will open a new window)

GM Liu DianZhong's book on openings for beginners. 
Deceptive plays and Countermeasures and Questionable Positions and How to Attack by Master Yan WenQing & Master Zhang Qiang (free e-book available for download at the wxf website at the following url  )

First Created: April 2011
Last updated: 23rd Dec 2013
Acknowledgments: Georg Jeiter for his invaluable help on ECCO , and for reminding me to make the correct links.

1. Various internet sources. 
2. <<象棋实战技法>> by 傅宝胜
3. <<象棋步局精要>> by  刘殿中 齐津安
4. Various internet sources.
5. <<布局定式与战理>> , <<布局騙著與對策>>, <<象棋疑型與攻擊>> by Master 阎文清 Yan WenQing and Master 张强 Zhang Qiang. 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.
6.  <<仙人指路对卒底炮>> by 金启昌 et al.
7. <<炮类布局大全>>, <<兵类布局大全>> , <<相兵类布局大全>>, <<马兵类布局大全>>by 杨典

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