Chapter 2a: 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.


Frequently Used Attacks

The first section of the board would introduce some of the common ways that this attack is used.

  • A major piece, usually the cannon or horse is used as the main piece to initiate the discovered attack.
  • Another piece, usually the chariot would be used such that a discovered check was delivered, and the chariot is moved away to capture enemy material.

It is a very versatile attack and very potent. There could be a change of initiative or a player could cement his advantage using this tactic.
Five examples will be given below.   













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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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