PostHeaderIcon A cascade of sacrifices to open an avenue of attack

This endgame puzzle, shared by a xiangqi fan recently, has invited enthusiastic discussion on Facebook. The author of this puzzle is Mr Shen Zhiyi(沈志奕)from Zhejiang PRC (Thanks to Mr Lawrence Tan for sharing his collection of the original publication of this puzzle). According to the author, this puzzle is a modification of the endgame from a match between GM Li Laiqun(李来群)and GM Yu Youhua(于幼华). There is no red Elephant in the original diagram. The theme of the puzzle is a succession of brave sacrifices that leads to the Angler’s Horse checkmate. However, the main line of play is not without flaw as some fans have pointed out during the discussion. I add the red Elephant so as to preserve the intended theme and rid off the draggy variations

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