By Barbara Mellor, Fahim, Xavier Parmentier, Sophie Le Callennec
LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL activities ebook OF THE 12 months 2015 compelled to escape his local Bangladesh, 8 year-old chess prodigy Fahim arrived in Paris along with his father. Refused asylum, as unlawful immigrants they spiralled downwards into homelessness and desperation. by way of a stroke of good fortune, Fahim was once brought to at least one 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 traditional existence. 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 realm Under-13 pupil Championship. informed 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 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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A good example of this type of games is given below. 27 I have passed over the game lightly because of its difficult nature, and because we are at present concerned more with the opening and the middle-game than we are with the endings, which will be treated separately. 24. Cutting Off Pieces from the Scene of Action Very often in a game a master only plays to cut off, so to speak, one of the pieces from the scene of actual conflict. Often a Bishop or a Knight is completely out of action. In such cases we might say that from that moment the game is won, because for all practical purposes there will be one more piece on one side than on the other.
32 White's only advantage in the above position is that he possesses the open file and has the move, which will secure him the initiative. There is also the slight advantage of having his pawns on the Queenside united, while Black has an isolated a-pawn. The proper 33 course is to bring the Rooks forward, so that at least one of them may be able to shift from one side of the board to the other, and thus keep Black's Rooks from moving freely. What this means in general theory has been stated already; it really means: keep harassing the enemy; force him to use his big pieces to defend pawns.
A good example of positional play is shown in the following game. 26 23. Relinquishing the Initiative In the third case, there is nothing to do, once the material advantage is obtained, but to submit to the opponent's attack for a while, and once it has been repulsed to act quickly with all your forces and win on material. A good example of this type of games is given below. 27 I have passed over the game lightly because of its difficult nature, and because we are at present concerned more with the opening and the middle-game than we are with the endings, which will be treated separately.