Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) Opening Tabia and their Principles:

Central Cannon with 7th Pawn Advancement vs. Sandwiched Horse Defense with 7th Pawn Advancement 01a


Yan Wenqing and Zhang Qing Trilogy of Books on Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) Opening


This opening system is not so commonly seen nowadays but it was one of the earlier ways for Red to attack. Nevertheless, it is an important theme to learn for beginners and is very helpful in helping plan attacks from the central file. Master Yan Wenqing and Grandmaster Zhang Qiang share their insights for this opening system.

It is divided into two sections. Red will attack with R2+6 in the first two boards and with C8+2 for the 3rd board and finally attack with C8+4 in the last board.

On this page, Red's attack with R2+6 is discussed.

The Webmaster would like to thank Master Yan Wenqing and Grandmaster Zhang Qiang for allowing the author to translate their work into English and share with the English speaking World.

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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): https://amzn.to/3tfnFE2
Dubious Positions and How to Attack Them (2017 edition): https://amzn.to/3ZBq1cg
Deception and Countermeasures in the Xiangqi Opening (2017 edition): https://amzn.to/45cqTFA

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For more on the Sandwiched Horse Defense, please refer to the Sandwich Horse Defense by Granmaster Hu Ronghua, which can be accessed at from "Opening" in the toolbar on the left.











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