Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) Opening Tabia and their Principles:

Central Cannon with 3rd Pawn Advancement vs. Sandwiched Horse Defense 02b


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


This opening system is very commonly seen in OTB games and tournaments. It is an important section that must be learned in depth.  As usual, Master Yan Wenqing and Grandmaster Zhang Qiang share their insights for this opening system.

It is divided into three sections.
In the first section, Black defends with E3+5 and Red attacks in several ways.
In the second section, Black defends with E7+5.
In the third and last section, lesser seen variations are shown.

On this page, the second section, comprised of three boards, are shown. Of particular importance is the last board demonstrating the very important Double Pawn Sacrifice Variation.

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.

The Webmaster has also made short videos which are available 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): 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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