22nd November 2021

Selected by Michael McDowell

Hans-Peter Reich and Manfred Rittirsch

1st Prize, Europa Rochade, 1986-87

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Helpmate in 2 (2 solutions)
Madrasi

In Madrasi, pieces (except kings) of the same type and opposite colour are paralysed when they attack each other, and cannot move, capture or give check, though they retain the power to paralyse. Here the paralysed rooks at a5 and c5 help to restrain the black king. The mating moves are fairly obvious, but how are the obstacles removed?