The Big Four Endgame Puzzles
Wild Horse Roaming Fields 02
野马操田 之 大车马 局

This is a variation of the original Wild Horse Roaming Fields. There is an addition of a red pawn on red's first file. And because of this addition, red moves first but black wins instead. Some of the variatins are essentially the same as the original one, so the reader is advised to go through the first game to really appreciate it. I am still blurred from doing this puzzle...
According to the ancient rules and AXF rules, it would have been ruled a draw in some of the variations. However, it would a black win if the modern day Chinese rules were adhered to.
This endgame puzzle appeared in the Bamboo Fragrance Manual. 
Anyway, I found a file of this endgame puzzle on the internet, and the commentaries are basically derived from Xie Xiaxun's (see bio)《中国象棋谱》and a more contemporary study of The Bamboo Fragrance. This is the url where I found the masterpiece in xq viewer format. 

It took me quite a few hours to subtitle them. There will be mistakes so tell me...
And to be very frank, I have never finished even one variation of the game in the past. Thank God for the Xq viewer...
Anyway, I am sure that you will get lost, so I have added 4 boards for your perusal.

Click here to see the next variation of this puzzle!

First created: 30th September 2011
Last updated: 30th September 2011
Acknowledgments: None so far.


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