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Opening Theory by
GM Liu Dianzhong 劉殿中

After much consideration, I have decided to add this to my site. So far, there is quite some material on openings, but it is not systematic or cohesive enough. That is why I decided to base the introduction of fundamental opening principles on GM Liu Dianzhong's book, <<象棋新編教程 -- 象棋布局精要>> which is a very very good book, in my opinion, explaining the basics of opening theory.
Although the book is a little bit old (published in 2005), it fits the needs of my site perfectly: a short concise book with clear explanations on various openings, showing some history and evolution in suitable detail without overemphasis of less important material or less commonly played variations.
It is also one of the best introduction to openings that I have read thus far. Another good series of books which I have used on my site were written by the GM's disciple, Master Yan Wenqing together with Master Zhang Qiang of Beijing. Enough can be said of the quaility of the book.
This should be enough for the beginner and intermediate players alike. Learn the principles and the major orthodox variations well and you would not do too badly. In fact, with a little bit of creativity, you  could even create your own opening.
And after finishing some of the boards, I now know why my opening sucks...LOL.
As mentioned in the earlier section on openings, there still has not been sufficient English literature on Xiangqi openings. Therefore, I will try my best to overcome it. And I will try to classify GM Liu's work with the ECCO system that this site is using, which is a terrible nightmare at the moment...
Enjoy!!!
PS: Asterixes have been to some of the pages which represent the must see pages and also the must know variations.

Chapter 1 : 怎樣學習布局
How to learn the XiangQi Opening 

Section 1: 布局基礎理論 Fundamentals of opening theory **01 **02 **03 **04  
Section 2: 怎樣學習布局 How to learn the opening **05 **06 **07 **08 **09 **10

Chapter 2: 中炮對屏風馬 (66 examples)
Central Cannon vs Screen Horse Defense

a) 中炮七兵過河車對屏風馬平炮兑車
    Central Cannon with 7th Pawn Advancement and Pawn Ranked Chariot vs Screen Horse Defense with Edge Cannon for Chariot Exchange Variation. 
01  ***02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12
b)
中炮七兵過河車對屏風馬右士象 
    Central Cannon with 7th Pawn Advancement and Pawn Ranked Chariot vs Screen Horse Defense with Righ central advisor/elephant Variation.   13   
c)
中炮七兵過河車對屏風馬橫車 
    Central Cannon with 7th Pawn Advancement and Pawn Ranked Chariot vs Screen Horse Defense with Ranked Chariot Variation.  **14 
d)
中炮七兵過河車對屏風左馬盤河 
    Central Cannon with 7th Pawn Advancement and Pawn Ranked Chariot vs Screen Horse Defense with Left Riverbank Horse Variation. ***15 16 17 18         

e)
中炮巡河炮對屏風馬 
    Central Cannon with Riverbank Cannon Variation vs Screen Horse Defense **19 20           
   
f)
中炮七路馬對屏風馬 &   中炮橫車七路馬對屏風馬 
    Central Cannon with 7th Filed Horse Variation vs Screen Horse Defense (Black double prc) ***21 
    Central Cannon with Ranked Chariot and 7th Filed Horse Variation vs Screen Horse Defense
     22 23 
 

g)
五七炮七兵對屏風馬
    57 Cannons with 7th Pawn Advancement vs Screen Horse Defense  24        

h)
五七炮對屏風馬7卒
    57 Cannons vs Screen Horse Defense
with 7th Pawn Advancement  **25 26  
    

i)
中炮邊路馬對屏風馬7卒 
    Central Cannon with Side Horse Variation vs Screen Horse Defense with 7th Pawn Advancement
    27     
j)
中炮急進過河車對屏風馬7卒 
    Central Cannon with Rapid Pawn Ranked Chariot Variation vs Screen Horse Defense with 7th Pawn Advancement **28 29 
     
 
k)
五八炮三兵對屏風馬
    58 Cannons with 3rd Pawn Advancement vs Screen Horse Defense 30
   

l)
五七炮三兵對屏風馬 
    57 Cannons with 3rd Pawn Advancement vs Screen Horse Defense ** 31 32 33
  

m)
中炮對屏風馬3卒 
    Central Cannon vs Screen Horse Defense with 3rd Pawn Advancement.  34

Chapter 3: 順手炮 (11 examples) Same Direction Cannons
a) 順手炮橫車對直車 Same Direction Cannons: Ranked Chariot vs Filed Chariot.
    01 **02 
b) 順手炮直車對橫車 Same Direction Cannons: Filed Chariot vs Ranked Chariot.
      03 **04
b) 順手炮直車對緩開車 Same Direction Cannons: Filed Chariot vs Slow/Deferred Chariot.
      **05  

Chapter 4: 列手炮及後补列炮 (6 examples)
                 Opposite Direction Cannons (ODC)
                 Traditional ODC : ancient manual Big Variation and Small Variation : 01
                 Central Cannon vs Left Cannon Blockade with Slow/Deferred ODC variation part 1
: 02         
                
Central Cannon vs Left Cannon Blockade with Slow/Deferred ODC variation part 2 + Central Cannon vs 3 Step Tiger with Slow/Deferred ODC variation: **03

Chapter 5: 中炮對反宮馬及單提馬 (8 examples)
                  Central Cannon vs Sandwiched Horse Defense and Single Horse Defense ** 01 02 03 04

Chapter 6: 進兵局 (8 examples)

                  Pawn Openings 01 **02 03 04

Chapter 7: 飛相局 (3 examples)
                  Elephant Openings * 01 .

First created : 10th Sept 2012
Last modified: 23rd July 2013
Acknowledgements:
Mr Felix Tan for giving me help in this section.
Mr Chris Hankinson for giving me technical support!
Mr Robert Adams for pointing out several wrong links in the Same Direction Cannons and also improper links to Chapter 1. Thanks!
Mr Jacob Alford Garcia for pointing out a wrong link (page 3 of how to learn openings). Thanks.
This is mostly a one man show...I will need all the help I can get. 

Key Reference:  <<象棋布局精要>> by 刘殿中 齐津安
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