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 success, 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 traditional 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 realm Under-13 scholar Championship. advised 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 choice, the kindness of strangers, and one small boy's brave will to prevail.
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Gxh4 Black pays dearly for the complete incapacity of his rook on a7. White 49 Chess Se cre ts: H e roes of Cla ss ical Chess White rounds up Black's h-pawn from behind and brings his second rook into play on the kingside. Black's rook on a7 can still only despairingly peep over its own pawns at the play in the centre. move from a7, but it effectively re mains out of play because Black's knight is pinned against it on the eighth rank. If Black tries to do "noth ing", White will eventually use his knight and king (and extra space) to force Black's rook on d7 to move from the defence of his knight on d8 and win material.
He plans ... dxc4, followed by ... 'bds seeking relieving exchanges. Be fore taking on c4, Black usually waits until White's bishop plays to d3, so as to achieve this plan with gain of tempo. Me8 !? 8 'ifc2 dxc4?! d7 21 'bds 'bxdS 22 i.. e 6?! g 4! Mc7?! 'ifa8 ! Md7 gxh6 3S jLh4! 1-0. Jixe7 'ifxe7, but Rubinstein liked to continue the tempo game, leaving his bishop on f1 a move longer, particularly as the reply ... cs now loses a tempo on the 7 'ife2 main lines. Takacs replies with what is still con sidered to be Black's best "waiting" move.
D 5 b6 might have offered a little more wriggle potential, but White should still lose. a4 28 �d2 �g7! ••• After this very strong central thrust, White's game becomes critical. l::i. a2 also fails to 56 Black calmly improves his king posi tion. On g7, Black's king is closer to the central dark squares and no longer susceptible to any bishop check on the a2-g8 diagonal, should his f-pawn move. xb2 g5, with an over whelming game. b2 l2ld1+, with a winning knight fork. 37 ... a4, with a winning pin .