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Friday, May 11, 2012

Bangladeshi Chess Kid Champ Allowed to Stay in France

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Hi everyone,

Here is the news about the chess kid champ from Bangladesh - Fahim Mohammed Alam. He has been given temporary documents to stay legally in France, ending uncertainty about his future for being the son of an illegal immigrant.

The French Under-12 chess champion's legal status means the planned deportation from France of his illegal immigrant father Nur Alam is also put on hold. They were handed valid documents at the local government's headquarters at the Préfecture du Val-de-Marne – Créteil, south of Paris, on Friday

The 11-year old is now set to represent France in the European Youth Chess Championship slated for August in Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. Paris's Créteil Mayor Laurent Cathala has promised Fahim's father to provide him with a permanent job there. He also assured them of providing accommodation in the municipal area.

"I am so happy that my father has been handed over a three-month work permit," an excited Fahim told reporters after getting the documents on Friday.

Local journalists said Fahim and his father have been allowed to stay in France for three months on a temporary basis but their stay permit will be extended.

Alam taught his son Fahim how to play chess in Bangladesh, where the boy eventually became a top competitive player. Alam then decided to leave the country with his family, which moved to India, then Hungary, and finally sought refuge in France in 2008. You can read the full story here.
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