The attacking silver camel is supported by two advanced rabbits.
The camel can be a powerful attacker, but must take care not to become hostaged or even cornered if that will allow the opponent to dominate elsewhere. Well-placed supporting pieces can either keep an advanced camel mobile or quickly free the elephant from camel hostage defense. Small pieces advanced on a flank can increase a camel's mobility thereon, and a small piece advanced into the targeted trap could make it harder for the opponent to take an effective camel hostage. In this opening, two advanced silver rabbits supported their camel. Silver's camel attack is strong for several reasons:
- The silver camel pushed a gold horse onto b2, where it is passive. Gold could have occupied b2 and ensured that the b3 horse could only be pushed sideways; on a3 or c3, the gold horse would be more active.
- The a4 rabbit keeps the silver camel mobile, and also stops Gold from gaining space on the a-file.
- The c3 rabbit blockades the trap. This could allow Silver to get a strong elephant rotation if Gold took the camel hostage.
- The d5 horse can replace the elephant on d3, whether or not the hostage is taken.
Gold to move could flip the silver rabbit out of c3, but the gold elephant would have to remain on c4 to stop Silver from occupying c3 or making captures therein.
This camel attack began after Gold pulled a silver rabbit. Rather than pull pieces on the opponent's camel wing, one should perhaps try to block weaker pieces from advancing ahead of their camel.
The gold elephant and camel have opened a goal path.
If an elephant is marginalized, the enemy camel might attack without fear. At left, Gold has taken full advantage of the silver elephant's isolation in the southeast. Gold's EM attack has forced silver pieces east, clearing a path for a gold rabbit to advance in the west. Although Silver to move can temporarily block a goal, Gold can force captures in c6, clearing even more space.
It is usually problematic to have an attacking elephant and camel on c5 and c7, as the enemy elephant might fork the camel. Since that is not a possibility here, this alignment works very well for Gold; with the two strongest gold pieces on the c-file, silver pieces cannot easily move west.
If not for the gold rabbit on a6, Silver could defend the c6 trap with a move such as rd6w dd3n md5n rd8w. The threat of goal, however, will force Silver to play a move such as rd8w ce7nw rc8w, allowing Gold to control the c6 trap with Ec5we rb6s Ra6e.