The low Chinese files

  Difficulty: Expert   Keywords: Opening

This is a survey of some statistics for the low version of the Chinese opening. This has become a perennial favourite of pros, as well as being very popular among amateurs.

As with the sanrensei files, I'm using the Gogod database for searches (summer 2003 version). The notation comes from side patterns. Since the Chinese isn't symmetrical, I need to specify top and lower stones. Like this:

Low Chinese versus pK+H  

That is, here the komoku stone white+square is mentioned (pK) before the hoshi stone, because it comes at the top in the diagram in the traditional arrangement (Black's stones to the right).

Now for raw winning percentages for Black, in order:

68% HS
62% SS
55% SH
53% pK+H, K+pK
50% HH, H+pK
45% pK+S
33% S+PK (small sample, nothing since 1989).

seberle: According to tapir, H = hoshi = 4-4, S = sansan = 3-3, K = komoku = 3-4 with added qualifiers such as p = parallel (o = non-parallel?). See NamedPoints for point names. These abbreviations need more explanation; the old explanation on SidePatterns is missing.

Of course there are other patterns for White. For example H+oK: but then Black rarely plays a Chinese formation (only 3% of the time). The reasons for that are explained elsewhere (see preventing the formation of the Chinese opening). It makes sense to focus on a group of formations like the nine cited above.


This is very odd, in the games found.

W6 extends ...  

There must be a question mark about white+square, here.

This choice (W1) of continuation for White was doing well until Black played B2 in 1985: and then was dropped. In the past few years W1 at a has been tried (Black winning 2/5 games).


A similar story to HS:

W6 extends ...  

W1 seems to have been dropped in 1985 or so, when B2 was evaluated as good for Black.


Any good for Black?  

In this case black+circle seems less successful than Black at a (leading for example to the Kobayashi formation).

After W1, Black is only winning 44% of games.

Charles Matthews

The low Chinese files last edited by seberle on December 29, 2016 - 11:34
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