A King in Hiding: How a Child Refugee Became a World Chess by Fahim Mohammad

By Fahim Mohammad

Pressured 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 1 of France's most sensible chess coaches, Xavier Parmentier, who tutored him and gave him a feeling of objective, 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 grew to become a countrywide sensation. In 2013 he went directly to win the area Under-13 scholar Championship. instructed during 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 decision, the kindness of strangers, and one small boy's brave will to prevail.

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The players analyzed the game at the stage for a long time. Of course, Joseph was elated and ... deeply inter ested in the following game on board two: Nimzo-Indian Defense, Classical Variation (E35) Vincent Huang (2183) Ben Gershenov (2097) 2009 Supernationals; K 9 Championship (7) 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 c5 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Nf3 g5 9. Bg3 Ne4 10. Bxb8 Rxb8 11. Nd2 0-0 12. Ndxe4 dxe4 13. dxc5 (see diagram top of next column) 13. e3! A very nice move that takes advantage of White’s lack of development.

00 scholarships. S. S. Chess Federation and are intended to encourage high school students who promote a positive image of chess. Congratulations to the winners and a special thank you to all of the students who applied! The 2009 Scholar Chessplayer award recipients are: Adithya Balasubraman ian, Virginia; Robert Lau, Hawaii; Haotian Zheng, Connecticut; Michael Thaler, New York; Troy Daly, Florida. Chess Life — June 2009 25 Cover Story Be3 Nc4 23. Bc1 N4e5 24. Rd1 Rxd1+ 25. Nxd1 Nd3 26. Be3 Ne1 27.

E5 dxe5 8. dxe5 Nh5 9. Bxd7+ Qxd7 10. g4 Qxd1+ 11. Kxd1 Ng3 12. Rh2 Nc6 13. Rg2 Rd8+ 14. Ke1 Nd4 15. Be3 Nh1 16. Rc1 h5 17. Rh2 Ng3 18. Bf2 h4 19. Bxg3 hxg3 20. Rg2 g5 21. f5 Bxe5 22. Ne4 Bf4 23. Rd1 b6 24. c3 Nc6 25. Rxd8+ Kxd8 26. f6 e6 27. Nxg3 Ne5 + k + r p + +p+ p +pP + + p n p + + lP+ + P + NP PP + +R+ + + K N After 27. Ne5 28. Nh5 Nd3+ 29. Kd1 Be3 30. Nf3 Nf4 31. Nxf4 Bxf4 32. Ng1 Rh6 33. Ne2 Rxh3 34. Nxf4 gxf4 35. Rf2 f3 36. Kd2 Rg3 37. b3 Rxg4 38. Rxf3 Rg2+ 39. Kd3 Rxa2 40. Kc4 Kc7 41.

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