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

By Fahim Mohammad

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. by means of a stroke of success, Fahim used to be brought to 1 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 standard 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 realm Under-13 pupil Championship. instructed in the course of the transparent eyes of a kid, Fahim's story isn't 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 prevail.

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They are both dead now and so is Black's king. But Legal's Trap lives on for two and a half centuries, catching many unwary queen-nabbbers. 5 . Nxe5 Offering the queen. Black could cut his losses by taking the knight, 5 ... dxe5 6. Qxg4. But the queen is so tempting. Bxdl 5. 6. Bxf7t Ke7 7. Nd5# 1-0 45 BRUCE ALBERSTON 36. PHILIDOR DEFENSE 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. :w ft �� ft fitf1 · ���� '···· ' � 0�-- · · ·'�lf e5 d6 Nd7 Nb6 exd4 Qf6 Bg4 Qxb2 .. � 10. . 1 1 . Qxb2 . A good response to White's last move is 8 .

5. d7 7. exd5 8. dxc6 a6 If Black truly wants to break the pin on the c6-knight, then he should go 5 ... Bd7 . 6. Nd5 Nxd5 Black's queen is attacked, so he has no time to take the White bish­ op. Mter 8 .. bxc6, the bishop with­ draws and White is ahead a piece for a pawn. Black captures the wrong unit. The undefended e4-pawn was the thing to take, 6 ... Nxe4. Now White is able to pile up on the pinned knight.

The mating pattern with bishop and two knights, plus the set up queen sacrifice was first played by the French Master Legal in his game against St. Brie (1750's). They are both dead now and so is Black's king. But Legal's Trap lives on for two and a half centuries, catching many unwary queen-nabbbers. 5 . Nxe5 Offering the queen. Black could cut his losses by taking the knight, 5 ... dxe5 6. Qxg4. But the queen is so tempting. Bxdl 5. 6. Bxf7t Ke7 7. Nd5# 1-0 45 BRUCE ALBERSTON 36. PHILIDOR DEFENSE 1.

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