Chapter 2b: Capture by Discovered Check 抽

This tactic is one of the most basic tactics in Xiangqi and very commonly seen in over-the-board play. It can be used when attacking or defending. The aim is to capture the important enemy pieces while delivering check and can be considered to be a form a double attack. A double attack can be explained as attacking two different targets simultaneously while making only one move. If done correctly, this tactic would be a very potent attack that would allow rapid mobilization and development of the pieces.

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In the book, the tactic was discussed under three sections:

  • Frequently used attacks,
  • Discovered checks to increase initiative, and,
  • Using the tactic to save oneself.


Discovered checks to increase initiative

Another thing to note about capturing material with discovered checks is that:
When the piece of one color is in the same line as his friendly King, the enemy would try to create a checkmate position such that the piece would not be able to leave the line. The enemy would then use his Chariot or Cannon to attack by means of a discovered check such that the piece behind the friendly king is captured.
This tactic is very commonly used in Xiangqi and there will be four examples that are given.










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李海鸣 和 林秦. 象棋战术初步. 北京 : 新华书店北京发行, 1986. 7015.2281.

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