: horse opening
Moving H2+3 or H8+7 at the first move is called horse opening. Although this opening had once been recorded in ancient xiang qi books, it is not considered as a popular opening. For the players who are using this opening, they are trying to avoid popular opening and try to combat in their skills. Until now, there are still neither a fixed pattern found for this opening. Thus, it is rarely used by inexperienced players.
The most common responds are central cannon and pawn opening.
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