Generally, in battle, use the normal force to engage; use the extraordinary to win.
 Tzu, Sun. The Art of War. Cambridge, England: Oxford University Press, 1963. Page 91.
In this chapter we'll talk about SQL Server's OPENXML() function and how it's used to read XML documents. We'll also touch on the new features and changes coming in the forthcoming XML for SQL Server Web Release 1. This will be the final chapter in our coverage of SQL Server's XML functionality.
OPENXML() is a built-in Transact-SQL function that can return an XML document as a rowset. In conjunction with sp_xml_preparedocument and sp_xml_removedocument, OPENXML() allows you to break down (or shred) nonrelational XML documents ...