By Barbara Mellor, Fahim, Xavier Parmentier, Sophie Le Callennec
LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL activities publication OF THE 12 months 2015 compelled to escape his local Bangladesh, 8 year-old chess prodigy Fahim arrived in Paris together with his father. Refused asylum, as unlawful immigrants they spiralled downwards into homelessness and desperation. by means of a stroke of good fortune, Fahim used to be brought to 1 of France’s most sensible 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 traditional existence. emerging via neighborhood and nationwide tournaments to be topped France’s Under-12 Chess Champion in 2012, Fahim grew to become a countrywide sensation. In 2013 he went directly to win the area Under-13 pupil Championship. instructed throughout the transparent eyes of a kid, Fahim’s story isn't just a relocating account of the bleak realities that underlie a supposedly being concerned 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 triumphant.
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E7 13 . . cS is unpleasantly met by 14 ltgS! 'i'aS 15 ltbS! Once Black moves the knight on d7, he will lose the cs pawn, and he cannot protect it with a rook due to the bishop on gS. If he protects the knight with l S . . 'i'c7, then 16 Mac1 is unpleasant. The text prevents ltgS and prepares . . c6-cS . 1 4 CLlg3 The direct approach. 14 as has also been tried. dxc4 5 a4 �f5 6 e 3 e 6 7 �xc4 � b4 8 0-0 CLlbd7 9 �e2 �g6 1 0 e4 0-0 1 1 � d 3 �h5 1 2 e 5 CLld 5 1 3 CLle4 ! Question 4: Why does White play 14 as?
A King in Hiding: How a child refugee became a world chess champion by Barbara Mellor, Fahim, Xavier Parmentier, Sophie Le Callennec