A King in Hiding: How a child refugee became a world chess by Barbara Mellor, Fahim, Xavier Parmentier, Sophie Le

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By Barbara Mellor, Fahim, Xavier Parmentier, Sophie Le Callennec

LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL activities publication OF THE yr 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 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 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 turned a countrywide sensation. In 2013 he went directly to win the realm 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 awful 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 successful.

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Here we talent , but let us not ar ue about the quoted an episode from Capablanca's autobiography. merely to show what a colossal significance an active synthesizing process has in the acquisition of chess knowledge. The successful development of abilities relies most of all upon effort , determ ination and good orga nization . Therefore , irrespective of the level of innate talent, intuition can be and should be developed. Intuition is best developed by conscious, unremitting effort . whereby both theoretical information an d the player's own g ames are com p ared and analyzed and generalizations m a de .

Because of this the unconnected pieces on QB8 and KB7 gain a new possibility-of offering themselves in sacrifice to force stalemate. Reshevsky's belief in the victorious outcome of his attack was so powerful that his attention was fixed on the obvious advantages of the position on the board -s-of -­ and e care ess y capturedthe pawn at KN3. Xfter �xNPltrea-e1i"ct-e�re-his play, caused by inertia, were soon obvious. There followed 49 Q·KN3c:h KxQ 50 RxPch and it became necessary to agree to a draw as there is no way out of the stalemate.

On t he other hand it is not correct to equate intuition with i magination. The player's i m aginat ion or his ability to visualize future changes on t he board is not necessarily accompanied by a sudden insight into some idea. It rna c u a IOn , or a be a recise y com prehen ed logical a nalysis of t he devised pla n in all its stages . We should also take a crit ical attitude towards Linder's opinion. If the whole ga m e is merely a definite and perceivable calcula tion to its end . then w here do i m aginatio n and exploration come in?

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