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Day 3 XiangQi 1


Xiangqi strategies and tactics 16

Xiangqi Thirty-Six Stratagems No.16
letting the enemy off in order to catch him

Day 6 Xiangqi 2


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Xiangqi Thirty-Six Stratagems No.11
palming off substitute for the real thing

Xiangqi competitions during the 7th day of 2011 World Mind Games

World Mind Games - Xiangqi - Day 2

Wang Tian Yi used the Ping Feng Ma opening against the central canon from Chen Fa Zuo (UK player). After an hour, Wang Tian Yi has already taken a strong control of the game and all pieces were in good positions. As time runs, Chen Fa Zuo made a couple of small mistakes due to the time pressure and lost a central Pawn to Wang. The game finished in almost two hours. Chen Fa Zuo decided to give it up when Wang formed an irresistible preposition. Although with regret, Chen has demonstrated his good competence. They have both shown good professionalism in the game. During the game, Wang has kindly reminded Chen to push the timer, which shows the spirit of sports, i.e. (not limited to) fairness and friendship. For the women game, Chen Li Chun (China) and Gao Fang Qin (Vietnam) are leading with two points.

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Xiangqi Thirty-Six Stratagems No.5
plundering a burning house

Xiangqi Basic kills 01 Introduction and Basic Kills with the King (key piece)

Xiangqi Basic Kills (direct translation of the Chinese term 基本杀法) is one of the branches of Xiangqi whereby the beginner is advised to master. There are over 30 basic kills, which focus on tactical combinations.
In the first video of this series on basic kills, I will introduce them in detail one by one, so that after finishing the tutorials, the beginner would not be clueless as to what to do what the enemy is trying to do with specific combinations.

2012 - World Mind Games Xiangqi - Day 8

2012 - World Mind Games Xiangqi - Day 4


2012 - World Mind Games Xiangqi - Day 3

The international GM LEI Kam Fun of Macao, challenged the new China Individual Champion WANG Tian Yi, GM of China. Unlike most players, IGM LEI played aggressively with his black pieces. He gave up one horse early in the game and tried to launch his fight back. It might work with some other ordinary opponents, but his plan was disrupted by the new China GM WANG. WANG had ascertained his leading over the rank. LEI fell to place 7 of the rank.
On the next table, while another leading GM NGUYEN Hoang Lam of Vietnam had drawn to Singapore's GM NG Jun Ming, he fell to the place 2 of the rank. Both players progressed carefully and conservatively ending the 'lee cannon (shun pao)' game with a draw. NG temporarily ranked place 5.
CHAN Chun Kit GM of Hong Kong, China had enjoyed his first victory in the tournament. He beat XUE Zhong of Germany in the 'center cannon vs ping feng ma' game and accumulated 3 points. CHAN ranked place 3 together with XUE.
GU Yi Qing of Canada upset CHAN Fa Zuo with a very beautiful victory, leaving CHAN at the bottom of the rank. GU climbed to place 6 of the rank.

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Xiangqi Thirty-Six Stratagems No.4
waiting at one's ease for the exhausted enemy

Xiangqi Commentary 2003 A League Xu Yinchuan W Jiang Chuan

A lot of friends have suggested that I do English commentaries of games over the years. There are some English commentaries (less than a hundred, I think) on my website (
Games commented by experts are one of the best ways to improve and learn the game, and in this video, I have chosen one of the exciting games that was played in 2003 in the Chinese A-League championships. The commentary was provided by GM Zhao Xinxin in his book (translated as A Decade of Battles in the A League).
is the link on youtube which I have uploaded the game last year if you want to view the game without any comments.
I think this would be one of the first commentaries, in English, of an actual match and I hope you enjoy it.
There is something wrong with my mic, and I apologize profusely for it. There is something wrong with my mic, and I apologize profusely for it. Other than that, please enjoy the commentary by GM Zhao Xinxin, who has kindly agreed to allow me use and translate his work!

Introduction to Xiangqi Part 1 Basic Introduction, Simple History, and the Xiangqi Board

Hi everyone,
After years of procrastination, I have finally decided to make my own videos to introduce Xiangqi. It would be based on the work that I have done over the years, the Lexicon of Xiangqi that I have compiled et cetera.
The main idea is to introduce a set of terms that would help non-Chinese speaking Xiangqi enthusiasts be able to communicate better.
This is my first attempt and I was tongue-tied. I am still learning how to make videos, and I'd appreciate more feedback. There seemed to be some issues with my audio, which I am still working on, and I think there was a slight mistake in narration for the 4th and 6th files, which are the RIB FILES!!!

World Mind Games - Xiangqi - Day 1

All the action from the day of World Mind Games 2012

Xiangqi Basics Introduction to Endgame Compositions

This video is perhaps the first of its kind introducing Xiangqi endgame compositions or problems as they are called in International Chess.
The endgame compositions shown in the video can be fully accessed with solutions at the website.
For the Four Greatest Xiangqi Endgame Compositions of all time, please go to this url:
For the rest of the problems used in the video, they can be found here

Xiangqi at day 8 of 2011 World Mind Games

Xiangqi strategies and tactics 1

Xiangqi Thirty-Six Stratagems No.1
crossing the sea under camouflage

2012 - World Mind Games Xiangqi - Day 6

The highlight of the 4th round of Xiangqi tournament was the game between Wang Tian Yi from China and Xue Zhong representing Germany. Xue, German Xiangqi Champion in 2010, a native Beijinger who has lived in Munich since 2006, has challenged Wang in his red with a very aggressive opening. He almost made a miracle albeit he has lost the game in the end. In the whole game Xue was mostly in an attacking position and he was not willing to make a draw even there was a chance in the mid game. Though with regret, Xue is satisfied with his performance which delivered a fantastic game.
Today we also evidenced a high level competition between the two top female players, i.e. Cao Phuong Thanh (Vietnam) and Chen Li Chun (China). In the opening, both took a careful approach and Chen used Ping Feng Ma against Cao's central cannon. With the game ongoing, one had the impaction that Chen's strategy was more clear and straightforward and there was no fierce attack from Cao. After two hours, heavy fighting started by Cao giving up a cannon and in exchange receiving a bottom cannon threatening Chen's General. Both under great time pressure, Chen showed the attack from Cao was not sufficient to offset the loss of the cannon and won the game.
After today, Chen (China) has 6 points leading the woman's group and is likely to win the championship. For man, Wang (China) won four games in a row and has a good chance to receive the title given the fact that his strongest opponent Nguyen Hoang Lam from Vietnam has drawn against Chan (HK). On Monday we will broadcast the game between Nguyen and Wang, which we believe it is a decisive game for winning the championship.

Introduction to Xiangqi Part 4 Simple Strategies, Tactics and Xiangqi Resources

One of the most commonly met questions duirng my past eight years when promoting Xiangqi to non-Chinese speaking Xiangqi enthusiasts is the lack of resources in English.
Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a meal.
Teach the man how to fish and you feed him for life.
In this tutorial, I will share with you some of the Xiangqi resources, in English, where the non-Chinese speaking Xiangqi enthusiast can go. While the first 3 videos have been mainly about 'teaching how to fish', this video will show you WHERE to fish. In my humble opinion, this video would perhaps be the most useful one in the series.
Again, I thank all for the encouragement I have received for the first three videos. All positive feedback is encouraged.
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