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The game of Xiangqi is similar to the deployment of forces for military operation.
Though it is a battle on xiangqi board, its theory is similar to the military strategy and
tactics. As it is stipulated by the xiangqi rules, the side that captures the opponent's King
will be the winner of the game. Therefore, each side tries to outwit his opponent and
strives to show his bravery in taking various kinds of checkmate methods and to do his
best to seize every opportunity for winning the victory. The game of xiangqi is rendered
with a mysterious hue.
Nearly all xiangqi players or fans understand that the checkmate method takes an
important position in the xiangqi game. However, some of the players believe that "the
checkmate method can only play its roles in the end game." But in reality, we often see
that in the heat-fought mid-game, being eager to achieve a quick success and instant
benefit, one side often neglects to defend his own King, offering the opponent an
opportunity for making a counterattack or winning the game. Although sometimes, a
player has a chance to take a successive checkmate, as he is rusty on the checkmate
methods, he bungles a chance of winning the battle, or loses the game. Such cases are
often seen in actual competitions. And there are numerous examples showing that some
players take advantage of checkmate methods in seizing opponent's pieces. In fact, the
checkmate methods play a very important role, directly or indirectly, not only in the end
game, but also in the mid-game, even in the entire game.
To sum up, the checkmate method is the core of the xiangqi skill. All players, no
matter that they are rudimentary, or of certain level, should study the checkmate
method and take it as an important subject in training. It is impossible for a player to
defeat his opponent and win the victory if he overlooks this point.
Some people might think, since the checkmate method is so