Saturday, September 23, 2017

New Xiangqi Book: The basic of Same Direction Cannon Opening - work in progress!

New Xiangqi Book: 

The basic of Same Direction Cannon Openings - work in progress...............


Current I am writing a new book about Same Direction Cannon Openings. In this book, every move is explained with diagram.

Here is one of the game.

Let me know what you think. All comments/feedback are welcome.

Enjoy reading :)



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Xiangqi End Game Technique #3;: Using King to control center file

Xiangqi End Game Technique #3:

Using King to control center file



Diagram 1

Red to move.
Diagram 1 shown a composed game. Now is Red's turn. 

In the surface, it seems that Red can play R1=5 to control the center file follows by P8=7 checkmate. However, Black has a trick to turn the situation if Red plays R1=5.
Let see how Black countrr attack!

Red R1=5 Black P3+1   K6+1   R5=4   K6=5   C5-6. Black canno n is able to capture Red chariot! Black sure win!

Since Red R1=5 is a weak move, then what is the best move for Red?



Monday, August 7, 2017

Xiangqi End Game Technique #2: Use King to assist on an attack

Xiangqi End Game Technique #2: 

Use King to assist on an attack


Red moves first.

As shown in Diagram 1, Black is threathering to checkmate with R7+2. If Red plays C2-8, of course can resolve the check, however this is a weak move. 

Black could launch his attack by deploying his horse and pawns. Black would has gained huge advantages if Red plays R2-8.

Then, what is the best move for Red?


Diagram 1

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Xiangqi End Game Technique #1: Usage of King to control the movement of opponent piece





Xiangqi End Game Technique #1: 

Usage of King to control the  movement of opponent piece



As shown on the diagram 1, Red's pawn already stayed at opponent palace's centroid position. What need to be done by Red is to move his chariot to deliver the final kill. 

However, Black has both of his cannons formation to block Red' chariot to deliver the check. Black's cannon can just follow the movement of Red's chaiot. For example if Red R7=6, C3=4, R6=1, C7=9. Both cannon is protecting each other.

Black need to find a trick to overcome this situation.

For below case, Red can utilize his King to control the movement of Black' cannon.



Diagram 1


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New Book: Xiangqi Puzzles Five Moves Kill FREE edition for download


Xiangqi Puzzles Five Moves Kill

Authored by Ping Loong Wong


XIANGQI Puzzles Five Moves Kill

Give your brain a workout the fun way 

Train your tactical ability and exercise your calculation skills by solving Xiangqi puzzles.

The puzzles from author’s earlier books Xiangqi Puzzles One Move Kill, Two Moves Kill, Three Moves Kill and Four Moves Kill are consider easy level puzzles. 

"XIANGQI Puzzles Five Moves Kill" is a book where readers are prompted to find a checkmate or stalemate in five moves. The book consists of 280 medium level puzzles. These puzzles are for those players that were getting the easy problems pretty easy but are still struggling with the hard problems.Each puzzle is uniquely designed with positions that players are likely to encounter on the board. The main variations of the solutions to the puzzles are presented at the end of the book. The simple variations of the solution are not shown, the readers are expected to work it out by his own.

Solving puzzles is one of the most effective ways to improve your Xiangqi's skill. For the beginners, simply learning the killing ideas and enjoying the examples will help develop their tactical skills.

This book can be studied by itself or used as a supplement to the author's earlier works: "Xiangqi For Absolute Beginners. Teach Yourself Xiangqi Step by Step".









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Monday, July 17, 2017

57 Cannon Opening Series #7: What happen if Red does not play P3+1 in the early stage?

57 Cannon Opening Series #7:


What happen if Red does not play P3+1 in the early stage?

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In the previous post, we had discussed the beginning of 57 Cannon Opening. However, 57 opening with crossed river chariot,need support from other pieces for the attack. In this case, the right horse. in order to develop the right horse, Red P3+1 is needed. 

In this post, we will discuss what would happen if Red did not play P3+1 in the early stage?

  1. C2=5  H8+7    2. H2+3  P3+1    3. R1=2  R9=8    4. R2+6  H2+3    5. C8=7  H3+2
  6. H8+9  …………

Now we reach the early stage of 57 Cannon Opening.

Basically there are 3 main variations for Black:
1) E3+5
2) E7+5
3) P1+1

Sunday, July 16, 2017

New Book: Xiangqi Puzzle Five Moves Kill - Give your brain a workout the fun way

New Book: 


Xiangqi Puzzle Five Moves Kill 

Give your brain a workout the fun way



Coming Soon..........





Xiangqi Puzzles Five Moves Kill
Authored by Ping Loong Wong

XIANGQI Puzzles Five Moves Kill

Give your brain a workout the fun way

Train your tactical ability and exercise your calculation skills by solving Xiangqi puzzles.
The puzzles from author’s earlier books Xiangqi Puzzles One Move Kill, Two Moves Kill, Three Moves Kill and Four Moves Kill are consider easy level puzzles.

"XIANGQI Puzzles Five Moves Kill" is a book where readers are prompted to find a checkmate or stalemate in five moves. The book consists of 280 medium level puzzles. These puzzles are for those players that were getting the easy problems pretty easy but are still struggling with the hard problems.Each puzzle is uniquely designed with positions that players are likely to encounter on the board. The main variations of the solutions to the puzzles are presented at the end of the book. The simple variations of the solution are not shown, the readers are expected to work it out by his own.

Solving puzzles is one of the most effective ways to improve your Xiangqi's skill. For the beginners, simply learning the killing ideas and enjoying the examples will help develop their tactical skills.

This book can be studied by itself or used as a supplement to the author's earlier works: "Xiangqi For Absolute Beginners. Teach Yourself Xiangqi Step by Step".


Friday, July 14, 2017

57 Cannon Opening Series #6: The beginning of 57 Cannon

57 Cannon Opening Series #6:

The beginning of 57 Cannon





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In the previous post, Black C2+1 defense strategy has gained huge advantages against Red's Central Cannon Center Pawn Advancement attack strategy.

After several attempts, Red has found the solution....there is 57 Cannon Opening. This is how 57 Cannon Opening begins.

  1. C2=5  H8+7    2. H2+3  P3+1    3. R1=2  R9=8    4. C8=7  …………

Red has found the effective move to attack Black! C8=7.
The Central which stays on File 5, and another cannon stays on File is called 57 Cannon Opening.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

57 Cannon Opening Series #5: Black C2+1 Defenses Strategy

57 Cannon Opening Series #5:

Black C2+1 Defenses Strategy




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In the previous posts, Red 's Central Cannon Center Pawn Attack Strategy had gained huge advantages.

After further analysis, Black has found a efficient move to counter-attack Red's strategy.


  1. C2=5  H8+7    2. H2+3  P3+1    3. R1=2  R9=8    4. R2+6  …………

Red is planned to play P5+1 in next move.

  4. …………  C2+1

An improvement!


Monday, July 10, 2017

57 Cannon Opening Series #4:The Powerful Central Cannon Center Pawn Advancement

57 Cannon Opening Series #4:

The Powerful Central Cannon Center Pawn Advancement


The ancient manual 'Reverse Plum Blossom Manual" said Central Cannon Opening can defeat Screen Horses Defense! 

From the previous post, we had learned that Red's Central Cannon with Center Pawn Advancement attack strategy had gained huge advantages.




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  1. C2=5  H8+7    2. H2+3  P3+1

Black P3+1 was popular  in ancient Xiangqi manuals.

Xiangqi Opening Trap: #9 - Central Cannon vs Screen Horse Defenses 3rd Pawn Advancement

Xiangqi Opening Trap: 

#9 - Central Cannon vs Screen Horse Defenses 3rd Pawn Advancement


Red setup the trap.
Red sacrificed his horse!



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Saturday, July 8, 2017

57 Cannon Opening Series #3: The return of Central Cannon Attack

57 Cannon Opening Series #3: 

The return of Central Cannon Attack


As described in previous post, Xiangqi Ancient Manual "Plum Blossom Manual" mentions that Screen Horses Defenses is better than Central Cannon variations.

However, this concept was changed by another ancient manual " Reverse Plum Blossom Manual"!

Reserve Plum Blossom Manual think that Central Cannon still a better opening than Screen Horses Defenses.

  1. C2=5  H8+7    2. H2+3  P3+1

57 Cannon Opening Series #2: Counter attack of Screen Horses Defenses

57 Cannon Opening Series #2:
Counter attack of Screen Horses Defenses




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1. C2=5   H8+7    2. H2+3  …………

During the old days, there were two main variations for Black:

1) R9=8
2) P3+1

In this post, we discuss Black second variation: P3+1

  2. …………  P3+1


Black P3+1 was a common move in ancient manual.

Friday, July 7, 2017

57 Cannon Opening Series #1: The arising of Screen Horses Defenses


57 Cannon Opening Series #1: 
The arising of Screen Horses Defenses




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Xiangqi has more than one thousand year history.The ancients believe the most effective opening was Central Cannon, and the best way to counter it  was central cannon as well.

That is why Same Direction Cannons and Opposite Direction Cannons were the famous Xiangqi opening variation during ancient time.

However the Xiangqi ancient manuals "The Secret in Tangerine Manual" and "Plum Blossom Manual" had changed the Xiangqi opening concepts.

Both Xiangqi ancient manuals had highlighted that Screen Horses Defense Opening 3rd Pawn Advancement was able to defeat Central Cannon Opening.

Let review together the power of Screen Horses Defenses from these ancient manuals.


Xiangqi Opening Trap: #8 - Central Cannon vs Screen Horse Defenses 3rd Pawn Advancement

Xiangqi Opening Trap: 

#8 - Central Cannon vs Screen Horse Defenses 3rd Pawn Advancement


Black setup the trap.

Black sacrificed his horse in order to deploy his cannon to opponent bottom line for massive attack.


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Monday, July 3, 2017

Xiangqi Opening Trap: #7 - Central Cannon vs Screen Horse Defenses 3rd Pawn Advancement

Xiangqi Opening Trap: 

#7 - Central Cannon vs Screen Horse Defenses 3rd Pawn Advancement


Red setup the trap.
Red sacrificed his cannon for massive attack!



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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Xiangqi Opening Trap: #6 - Central Cannon vs Screen Horse Defenses 3rd Pawn Advancement

Xiangqi Opening Trap: 

#6 - Central Cannon vs Screen Horse Defenses 3rd Pawn Advancement


Red setup the trap.
Red forced Black to exchange horse, in the return Red is able to launch massive attack at Black's left flank.



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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Xiangqi Opening Trap: #5 - Central Cannon vs Screen Horse Defenses 3rd Pawn Advancement

Xiangqi Opening Trap: 

#5 - Central Cannon vs Screen Horse Defenses 3rd Pawn Advancement


Red setup the trap.

Red sacrifice exchanged his cannon with Black's elephant, following with massive attack at center line.




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