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 booklet 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. through a stroke of good fortune, Fahim was once brought to at least one of France’s best 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 traditional 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. 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 triumphant.

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Pushing the pawn to h7 leads to stalemate. DEFENDING BY JAILING THE OPPOSING KING ON THE ROOK’S FILE Even if the opposing king is in the otherwise ideal position—on the sixth rank ahead of his pawn, the game can often be drawn. Diagram 45 White to move This is a draw, regardless of who is on move. A blockade is successful thanks to Black’s access to the c7 and c8 squares. For example: 1. Ka7 Kc7 2. a6 Kc8 3. Kb6 Kb8 Or with Black on move: 1. Kc7 2. Ka7 If 2. Kb5, 2. Kb7. 2. Kc8 3. a6 Kc7 4. Ka8 Kc8 5.

Kd6 4. Kd4! Kc6 (4. Ke6 5. ) 5. Ke5 Kb6 6. Kd6 Kb7 7. Kc5 Ka6 8. Kc6 Ka7 9. Kxb5 Kb7 10. Kc5 Kc7 11. Kd5 Kb6 12. Ke5 Kb5 13. Kf5 Kxb4 14.

A7 Kc7 stalemate. Diagram 46 You can see that even if the superior side’s king actually occupies the queening square, as long as the defender can get to the seventh or eighth rank of the bishop’s file, it’s a dead draw. Even extra rook pawns don’t help the superior side. Diagram 47 White or Black to move Black draws easily. He keeps White’s king a prisoner on the rook’s file or, if the White king escapes, Black heads for the corner, from which he can’t be pried. Once again, knowing this simple rule makes it possible to stop calculations upon arriving at similar positions.

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