In pictures: The lion and the tiger

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In pictures: The lion and the tiger

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Images of the international FIDE chess championships from photographer Stuart Franklin

Armenia excels at chess. Its top player now has a shot at becoming world champion. BBC journalist and documentary-maker, David Edmonds, visited Armenia earlier this year to attend a FIDE international chess championship and discover why this tiny country is now a giant at the game—read his article here. He was accompanied by Stuart Franklin, a Magnum photographer since 1985, who took the iconic images of tanks rolling into Tiananmen Square.

Grandmaster Levon Aronian: the popularity of the game in Armenia has made him into the country's David Beckham

Grandmaster Levon Aronian: the popularity of the game in Armenia has made him into the country's David Beckham

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Spectators watch the tournament at the Yerevan chess club
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Tournament spectators watch outside scoreboards

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Three students at the Jermuk chess school

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Aronian being interviewed by David Edmonds and BBC reporter, Gabriel Gatehouse

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The chessboard floor of the Jermuk school

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One of the games younger players

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A chessboard "red carpet" for the contestants

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11-year-old Manuel Petrosian at the Jermuk chess school

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Another chess pupil practices

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Tournament spectators

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Chess players in Circle Park

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David Edmonds at the Jermuk chess club

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Rustam Kasimdzanov and Boris Gelfand participating in a Grand Prix

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Aronian, number 3 chess player in the world playing in a Grand Prix tournament

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Following the proceedings of the Grand Prix tournament in Jermuk at the Yerevan chess club

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Young chess enthusiasts learning from championship games online

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Outside scoreboards for the chess Grand Prix

  1. November 30, 2009

    Helmut Sternberg

    This is a wonderfully touching series of
    photographs, creating an Armenia totally
    different from the country of crime, bribary,
    and corruption that w
    we are shown most of the
    time.

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