The Big Four Endgame Puzzles
Wild Horse Roaming Fields 03
野马操田 之 管鲍分金

This is a variation of the original Wild Horse Roaming Fields. There is another addition of a black pawn to black's 1st file. Compared with the original game, there are now 2 more pawn on red's first file. And because of this addition, red moves first but black wins instead. Some of the variations 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 variation first appeared in the 11th game of《百局象棋谱》("One Hundred Xiangqi Puzzles") and the 107th game of《渊深海阔象棋谱》("Deep Sea Xiangqi 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.

The end! Whew, luckily there are no more variations...My eyes are still seeing stars.

First created: 1st October 2011
Last updated: 1st October 2011
Acknowledgments: None so far.


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