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

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. via a stroke of good fortune, Fahim used to be brought to at least one of France’s most sensible chess coaches, Xavier Parmentier, who tutored him and gave him a feeling of function, his struggles at the chessboard mirroring either his victories and his crushing defeats in his conflict for a traditional 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 realm Under-13 scholar Championship. advised during the transparent eyes of a kid, Fahim’s story is not just a relocating account of the bleak 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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LLle 2 l:tfcB 1 B . 0-0 cxd4 1 9 . 1Llxd4 lLlc5 2 0 . lLlxc6 with a draw, M. Gurevich - Polugaevsky, New York 19B9) 16 . . lLlc3 cxd4 1B . txd4 l:tfdB 19 . l:tac1 lLlc5 . Black's knights occupy active stands, and further simplifications are una­ voidabl e . After 2 2 . xc5 2 3 . l:txd 1 2 4 . ':'xd 1 lLl x e 2 2 5 . u c 7 = a n equal position appeared in the game Dive - Xu Jun, Istambul 2000. 1 5 .. e4 The most vigorous continua­ tion. lLle2 cxd4 1 7 . lLlxd4 lLlc5, which was mentioned above, does not create a lot of problems for Black.

T f6 1 6 . d 5 exd5 with a draw in the game Gligoric - Karpov, Tilburg 1977. White's second response was 13 . �d3 . Black applied a similar defence in the game Ivanchuk ­ Karpov, Linares 1 99 1 : 13 . . liJd5, and after exchanges 14 . txg5 1 5 . liJxg5 �xg5 the position was approximately equal. txc3 Black proceeds with his devel­ opment plan. In addition to the above mentioned merits of this exchange Black increases his in­ fluence on the most important squares e4 and d5 . bxc3 tbbd7 Black arranges his forces as usual.

Olafsson - Karpov, Amsterdam 1 9 7 6 ) 1 3 . . tD d 5 14 . i. e 3 (Black gains a promising position after 14 . lIcl lIc8) 14 . . tDxc3 1 5 . bx c 3 lI c 8 1 6 . dxe5 �h4 B lack had sufficient co ­ unterchan c e s in the game J . Polgar - Karpov, Monaco 1994. 1 0 . ,Udl tDbd7 As a matter of fact, this line has no self-dependent value because most fundamental continuations were regarded in the main vari­ ation. Still, deviations from the principal line are possible here, as well as in the next line, for in­ stance 12 .

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