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

In pictures: The lion and the tiger

Images of the international FIDE chess championships from photographer Stuart Franklin
November 18, 2009

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.


Spectators watch the tournament at the Yerevan chess club