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Armenia: the cleverest nation on earth

25 minutes
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Thursday 15 October 2009

Armenia - a tiny, poor country of around three million people - has won the chess Olympics twice in a row.

In so doing, it has triumphed over giants like Russia, China and the US.

Chess is pursued fanatically in many parts of the world, but nowhere more so than Armenia, where its over-the-board stars have become national celebrities.

But how has little Armenia created a nation of chess geniuses - is there something in the water? Assignment investigates.


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