Deception and Countermeasures in the Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) Opening 05

In the 1990s, a revolutionizing series of books on the Xiangqi Opening was published. It was a trilogy of books written by Master Yan Wenqing and Grandmaster Zhang Qiang. Hailed as one of the best books on opening theory in the history of Xiangqi, the trilogy gained immense popularity and a following. Indeed, the two authors were invited to do a series of television shows on Xiangqi at CCTV in a segment of their own. The television programme had a huge following and the two Xiangqi experts revolutionized Xiangqi opening theory.

The book series itself was reprinited a few years ago in 2018 or 2019.
One of the books in the trilogy was Deceptive play in Xiangqi Openings and Counter Measures where a free translation of a significant portion of the book which is available on the World Xiangqi Federation Website. The URL is

In the free ebook, there were about twenty boards that have been translated. The Webmaster has decided to re-translate and make a video series of the games and share the finer points of Xiangqi Opening Theory with all. It represents his own study of Xiangqi. There have also been additional notes presented in the videos.

Click here for the video series on Youtube.

The authors published an updated version of their books (in Chinese) which is available for sale on Amazon.
Opening Tabia and their Principles (2017 edition):
Dubious Positions and How to Attack Them (2017 edition):
Deception and Countermeasures in the Xiangqi Opening (2017 edition):

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These three boards deal with some of the common trickery seen in the Central Cannon vs. Sandwiched Horse Defense.










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