8th July 2019

Selected by Michael McDowell

Abdul Jabbar Karwatkar

1st Prize, The Problemist, 1983


Mate in 2

In the popular fairy form Madrasi chess, when a piece is observed by a similar piece of the opposite colour it is paralysed, and can neither move, capture nor check, but may paralyse in turn (so the rooks at g8 and h8 are paralysed, as are the knights at c6 and e5). For an example by Norman Macleod see here (and scroll down). Karwatkar’s problem shows a clear-cut theme.