Pawns in Xiangqi are not quite the same as their counterparts in International Chess. In the course of a game, they are often sacrificed or exchanged and few make it to the endgame. In the midgame, they often act as a deterrent, blocking your opponent's chess pieces or threatening to gain material in an exchange. However, when the midgame nears its ends, they can become very valuable. Yet, sometimes, they get in the way of your attack. In the following three boards, we shall see how the great one, GM Hu Ronghua makes use of a pawn sacrifice to gain control of the game.
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First created: 1st June 2012
Last updated: 1st June 2012 .
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