The midgame is perhaps the hardest stage in the game of Xiangqi. It is the defining stage of a player’s skill.
The opening in Xiangqi has been studied to such an extent that there are basically patterns and formations to follow. Like in International chess, there are classical openings, orthodox openings, unorthodox openings. All these terms mean that there has been extensive study for each opening and more or less, you know whether you have gained initiative or are on the losing side. All you have to do is just to pick up a book on a certain opening and you will have a rough idea of how your opening has fared.Middlegame