22nd February 2021

Selected by Michael McDowell

Michel Caillaud

1st Prize, Muñoz JT, Problemas 1989-91

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Reciprocal helpmate in 3
b) Move the white king to e1

In this reciprocal helpmate Black starts and helps White to a position where Black can mate White on his third move, or play a different move which allows White to mate on his third move (as in a standard helpmate). Michel Caillaud’s light twin is an excellent example of the genre.