A King in Hiding: How a child refugee became a world chess by Barbara Mellor, Fahim, Xavier Parmentier, Sophie Le

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LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL activities e-book OF THE yr 2015 pressured to escape his local Bangladesh, 8 year-old chess prodigy Fahim arrived in Paris along with his father. Refused asylum, as unlawful immigrants they spiralled downwards into homelessness and desperation. via a stroke of success, Fahim was once brought to 1 of France’s best chess coaches, Xavier Parmentier, who tutored him and gave him a feeling of goal, his struggles at the chessboard mirroring either his victories and his crushing defeats in his conflict for a standard lifestyles. emerging via neighborhood and nationwide tournaments to be topped France’s Under-12 Chess Champion in 2012, Fahim turned a countrywide sensation. In 2013 he went directly to win the area Under-13 scholar Championship. informed throughout the transparent eyes of a kid, Fahim’s story is not just a relocating account of the awful realities that underlie a supposedly worrying society, but in addition a heartwarming testimony to a father’s choice, the kindness of strangers, and one small boy’s brave will to be successful.

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F1 or 13 . . 0--{) , then 14 �d5 is decisive. gS g6? The decisive mistake. Black tries to prevent the opening of lines, but he achieves directly the opposite result. 10 ext'S gxt'S 1 0 . . e5 1 1 �c2 gxf5 1 2 �e3 is also unfavourable. 14 15 16 17 18 11 12 �xt'S! l:el llxe7! xe7+ jlxd6+ lld l ! �xe7 �d 7 ext'S This quiet move is the point of White ' s play. How is Black to defend against the numerous threats? 1 2 . . �d8 can be met by 1 3 llxe7 ! g5 when he is unable to avoid great loss of material.

C5+ :e7, and there is no defence against the mate at 81 . However, a chain is no stronger than its weakest link! White finds a simple reply that refutes the opponent' s clever idea. 25 f4! f5 :c3 :c2 36 . . �e6 could have been met by 3 7 �c6+ �d7 3 8 h6! : a3 39 �e5+ �e7 40 h7. :xc6 After 25 . •h5, which is comparatively best, I was intending to play 26 h3 . But now, by interposing the capture on h7, White wins a second pawn. hS Because of 29 :f4 winning a piece, the capture on e3 was not possible.

D3 �d2 �e2 �el �d2 a A technical slip. By 50 . . :h4 ! b7 �d2 Black would have immediately reached e3 with his king. Now it takes somewhat longer to achieve this. e2 �d4 �el :d2 �fl White resigns The opening system chosen by Black was at that time extremely popular. In the summer of 1 950 one of its faithful adher­ ents, the master player Lev Aronin, played a qualifying match against a candidate for that title, Bonch-Osmolovsky, and twice played 1 0 . . b5 here, obtaining a reasonable game. Somewhat later, when I was pre­ paring for the USSR Championship Semi­ Finals together with Grigory Ravinsky, we discovered that after 1 0 .

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