By Fahim Mohammad
Pressured 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 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 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 area Under-13 scholar Championship. instructed during the transparent eyes of a kid, Fahim's story isn't 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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Extra resources for A King in Hiding: How a Child Refugee Became a World Chess Champion
The first is the main one and it is obvious – you need to play strong chess. The second requirement is more formal – you need to achieve norms and reach a certain rating. Achieving a certain rating is a straightforward concept. You just play and get there. However, attaining norms can create a difficult challenge. The problem with norms is that it’s not enough just to play well. You need to play a certain amount of games against a number of strong players that already hold the title you are seeking.
His rating was close the top 100 in the world! Yet, he was still only an International Master for quite some time. In the tournaments he played, he got very good results, but there were no norms and thus no title. 44 A Promoted Pawn - My Chess Journey Fortunately there is an easy solution for norms. You need to play in round-robin tournaments where it is known in advance that a norm will count for a title. This is exactly what I did. When I felt my strength was at the International Master level, I started to play in strong round-robins all the time.
Then, in 2015, after mastering the course ‘The Grandmaster’s Secrets’, he was able to take 1st place in this tournament at the age of 44! Happy as I am that my course helped sharpen this player’s skill, I am also quite pleased with his longevity. He kept playing, he kept learning and he kept chasing his goal. After 30 years of not giving up, he has his coveted title of State Amateur Champion! And a pretty big trophy, too, I might add. Conclusion In order to become a titled player at the FIDE level, the main requirement is to play very well.