By Barbara Mellor, Fahim, Xavier Parmentier, Sophie Le Callennec
LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL activities e-book OF THE 12 months 2015 compelled 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 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 turned a countrywide sensation. In 2013 he went directly to win the area Under-13 scholar Championship. informed in the course of the transparent eyes of a kid, Fahim’s story is not 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 decision, the kindness of strangers, and one small boy’s brave will to prevail.
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Wxh7t!! � 3 . '\Wxf2 4. Wxc4!! l. d7 ( 1 point) 4J�xd5+- 2 ... �xe6t l"ld7 5 . Wfd3 Ex. 3-7 ' A. Ele1 is followed by: 4 ... Wi'xfl �xfl-+ Effectively Black has an extra pawn in this ending. Wfxf6!! E:fl ( 1 point) 2 ... ttlxf6, not only threatening mate on g8, but also attacking the queen on d7. �fl Elh1 t-+ 1-0 Ex. 5... c6! Pod orn ' Ex. Wfa5t!! b5! Ex. Wi'b5± is less clear. Wi'c6 Elc8 leads to a repetition of moves. Wfxg7t!! d8t! dxc6! ( 1 point) 2 ... �h5# or 2 ... :ll:h3#. �f6t?? Elg8t Elxg8-+.
5-7 -( � * 8 8 7 7 6 5 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 1 1 a b c d e f g h a b c d e f g h a b c d e f g h 5 4 3 2 1 a b c d e f g h 52 Solutions Ex. 5-1 Ex. lt'Jc3! ixc3+- A natural plan quickly leads to victory. ( 1 point) The position is simplified, and Black is saddled with a weakness on d5. 2 ... @g5! @h6 Threatening mate on the back rank. ixb4 cxb4 4J:�b5t ( 1 point) 3 ... @f8 4 . . Wa6 is met by 5J'hd5. 1-0 3 ... �h7 Ex. 5-2 If 4 ... Wg7 and the pawn will soon queen. a4! Ex. 5-4 ( 1 point) White wins two pawns.
C4 Diagram 5-5 8 It is clear that Black has not obtained sufficient compensation. White wants to swap off some pieces in order to avoid possible counterplay. xd5 5 The simplest, as the bishop is very well placed on d5. f4± 4 3 2 12... d7 Opening up the way for the white king. a b c d e f g h L. Diagram 5-6 8 Otherwise the bishop could be in danger after g3-g4. a3t! Activating the other bishop. 15 ... �dl 7 White continues to improve the position of his pieces. Wf2 would be even better. 18 ... +- 4 3 2 White now noticed that 20 .