Horse at the corner vs Horse at the corner Opening
After the moves
1. P79-78 2. P41-42
3. H02-83 4. H12-33
5. C82-85 6.C32-35
In this position HAN (Red) instead oif playing the Horse by 8.H17-36 (see Janggi Openings -1), plays
In this position Han can begin active measures before CHO (Blue): please, note that Cho can attack the Pawns pair 42 and 43 with the Elephant in 75. Now Han wants to prevents it by playing eventually R51-54.
9. E03-75 10. P47-57
11. R01-02 12.R51-54
13. P74-64 14. R54-24
Critical situation. Where red Chariot may go? There is two possibilities:
Variation nr. 1
13…… 14. R54-24
Variation nr. 2
13……. 14. R54-44
I) 14. R54-24
A rather passive move. CHO will now make pressure on Red right wing.
15. E76:P43, 16.P42:E43
25. P73-72, 26.E18-46
27. C63-93, 28.R23-24
In this position CHO seems to have a big advantage. HAN right wing is really weakened. For example CHO can now play 31. R52-51 32. E13-45 33.C93-96 34.E46:P78 35.P77:P78 36.H21-13 37.C96:H36 38.A26:C36 39.R52:P57 with a superb position.
II) 14. R54-44
In case of 16.R44:P64 can arise some complications, which maybe are most favorable for Cho(blue): for example 17.E75-47 18.R64-65 19.E47:R19 20.R65:C85 21.K95-94 22.R85:H83 23.P71-72 24.E13-41 25.A04-95 26.R83-87 27.C88-85 28.R87-97 29.A06-96 or 28.E41:P73 29.H08-76 30.K25-34 bikjang 31.A95-84 32.R93-83 check 33.K94-04 34.K34-24 35.A84-94 36.C35-75 37.R09:P49 in both variants Cho seems to have the better position because of active pieces (red pieces are still not developed).
Position of Cho looks better because of active pieces and Han’s weaknesses (his left wing and not yet developed Elephants, the General exposed position).