By Barbara Mellor, Fahim, Xavier Parmentier, Sophie Le Callennec
LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL activities publication OF THE 12 months 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. by way of a stroke of good fortune, Fahim used to be brought to at least one 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 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 additionally a heartwarming testimony to a father’s selection, the kindness of strangers, and one small boy’s brave will to be successful.
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E4, but why fight for equality in those openings when you can arguably achieve it from move 2 in this one? 0, B) 3 . if4 and the main line of C) 3 . ig5 . 3 ... c5! This will be our weapon of choice throughout the chapter. e4 Nothing else makes any sense for White. 4 ... cxd4 Better than 4 . . d5! llixf3 gives White interesting compensation. id? ixc6 The last few moves have been virtually forced, but now White must decide how to deal with the situation in the centre. e4 dxe4 reaches the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit of Chapter 2.
3 :iz_J l�*�--:. �� 1 �� �if� -It 2 a This time White is in no mood to pussyfoot around, and he goes straight for an attack. b c d e f g h 1 3 . dxeS ? fxe6 '11¥xe6 although here too Black is clearly better, since White has lost his right to castle and his king will be exposed for a long time to 36 Part 1 - l . ) 13 . . T Black develops a strong initiative without any material investment. f4 The only reasonable move. �f4?! WxbG axb6 Black was much better in Ellenbroek - Plasman, Enschede 1 998. d4 dS lines 58 1 0 ... e5!? After the calmer 1 o . . ie3 ig7 Black is not worse, but I prefer the more dynamic plan of returning the material in order to eliminate the weakness in the pawn structure and facilitate the active development of the black pieces. °Wg4 0-0! igS if2t! and Black's initiative will easily decide the game.
A King in Hiding: How a child refugee became a world chess champion by Barbara Mellor, Fahim, Xavier Parmentier, Sophie Le Callennec
T Black develops a strong initiative without any material investment. f4 The only reasonable move. �f4?! WxbG axb6 Black was much better in Ellenbroek - Plasman, Enschede 1 998. d4 dS lines 58 1 0 ... e5!? After the calmer 1 o . . ie3 ig7 Black is not worse, but I prefer the more dynamic plan of returning the material in order to eliminate the weakness in the pawn structure and facilitate the active development of the black pieces. °Wg4 0-0! igS if2t! and Black's initiative will easily decide the game.