Sunday, July 10, 2016
Xiangqi Opening: Triple Hammer Horse Variation
Triple Hammer Horse Variation (盖马三锤)
1. C2=5 H8+7 2. H2+3 R9=8
3. R1=2 H2+3 4. P7+1 P7+1
5. C8=7 R1=2 6. H8+9 C2+4
7. P7+1 P3+1 8. H9+7 E3+5
This opening variation was based on 57 Cannons vs Screen Horse Defense, which then further invented by Peng ShuSheng (1874-1960) from LanZhou, China. With this variation, Red would be managed to develop his horse rapidly and gained initiative.
The name "Triple Hammer" are referring to ply number 7, 8 and 9.
First hammer: 7. P7+1, Red sacrificed the 7th pawn to give way for Red's left horse
Second hammer: 8. H9+7, developed the left's horse
Third hammer: 9. H7+5, placed the left's horse on a ideal position. As seen, the horse would be prepared to attack with H5+6 or H5+4, while the cannon was threatening C7+5 to capture the Black's right horse.