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