WSJ: Chess reigns as kingly pursuit in Armenia

“Reporters stake out Tigran Petrosian’s home. Fans seek his autograph. His image is splashed across magazine covers, and his youthful face beams from posters on teenagers’ walls.

The sturdy 28-year-old isn’t a star athlete or a movie star. He is a chess grandmaster. In this chess-crazy country, that makes him a king among pawns,” the Wall Street Journal writes about Armenian Grand Master Tigran Petrosyan.

The Wall Street Journal reminds that President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan is also the president of the Armenian Chess Federation and recalls that in September 2011, his government passed legislation that made chess compulsory in schools.

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