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### 2015 14th World Xiangqi Championship: Round 1: Cao Yanlei (Macao) wins Petri Haikola (Finland)

2015 14th World Xiangqi Championship:  Round 1: Cao Yanlei (Macao) wins Petri Haikola (Finland)

 Cao Yanlei (Macao)

 Petri Haikola (Finland)

Cao Yanlei (Macao) wins Petri Haikola (Finland)

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Round 1
2015 14th World Xiangqi Championship
Date: 22nd August 2015
Venue: University of Applied Languages (SDI), Munich, Germany

1. P3+1  …………

Red Pawn Opening.

1. …………  C8=7

Black uses Cannon under the Pawn variation.

2. C8=5  …………

Red C8=5 is the most common counter-play for this variation.

2. …………  E7+5    3. A4+5  …………

Red A4+5 is rare variation. Normally Red will respond with H8+7 or C5+4.

3. …………  R1+1

A better move would be H2+3.

4. C2=4  H8+9

Black H8+9 is rare, normally Black would play R1=6.

5. H8+7  R9=8    6. H2+3  R1=6
7. R9=8  R8+6    8. R8+4  R8=7

Good move. As seen on board, Black's chariot is controlling Red's two cannons and one horse.

9. R1=2  …………

Good move, Red is planning R2+7 in next move.

9. …………  R7-1

Black R7-1 was planned to resolve Red R2+7 problem, however this create another problem.A better move for Black would be R6+2.
If Red played R2+7, Black C7=6. After massive exchanged, Black situation would not as bad as actual game.

10. R8=3  C7+3   11. R2+4  …………

After traded the chariot, Red R2+4 is new problem for Black to resolve it.
However, it is too late. Red would sure gain a piece.

11. …………  C7+1

A better would have been P7+1, Red will follow by E3+1, Black R6=7. Black's pawn could the river as compensation for losing his piece.

12. R2=8  …………

Excellent move.

12. …………  R6=2

Worst move. However, if Black C2-1, Red C5+4 would have been gained the material too.

13. C5+4  …………

Excellent move!

13. …………  A4+5

If Black E5-7, Red has gained significant advantages too.

14. C4+6

Black's chariot no way to run and sure would be captured by Red. Red wins in 14 moves.