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[Armenian Life]: A Dream Fulfilled. standard

On September 6, Armenia’s football team defeated Slovakia 4-0 in the Euro 2012 Group B qualifier match in Zilina, Slovakia. The 11 bright Armenian soccer players who were on the field that day once again proved the football axiom: while football is a physical sport, it is also a game of the mind. It is well known that Armenians succeed when it comes to individual struggles (i.e. chess, weightlifting, wrestling, etc.), yet in this game we watched as the players struggled every step of the way. This ended up being a great achievement for Armenian sport, and a fitting nod to the 20th anniversary of our nation’s independence. Bravo, Armenia. Bravo. Armenia Football Team Credit: Asbarez.com

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[FAR New York]: BBC – Armenia, The Cleverest Nation on Earth. standard

Via BBC World Service 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. Please listen to the BBC broadcast here.   Credit: Frank Black Noir via Creative Commons / Flickr    

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia – Armenian Hospitality. standard

On a recent Saturday evening, I fled the sizzling heat of Yerevan for the countryside near Aparan.  I had decided to go camping near the river with some Armenian, Iranian and French friends. The surrounding scenery was heavenly: vibrant flowers covering the fields and beehives clinging to the hills.  Just as we were packing our things to go back to the city, two men arrived by car, inviting us to a meal and a game of chess. Since we all had to be in Yerevan by evening, we tried to decline their invitation to travel to their homes for dinner. Needless to say, we did not succeed. They packed most of us in their battered car and our one friend ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine’s Dispatches – FAR’s Intern in Armenia – Armenian Hospitality. standard

On a recent Saturday evening, I fled the sizzling heat of Yerevan for the countryside near Aparan.  I had decided to go camping near the river with some Armenian, Iranian and French friends. The surrounding scenery was heavenly: vibrant flowers covering the fields and beehives clinging to the hills.  Just as we were packing our things to go back to the city, two men arrived by car, inviting us to a meal and a game of chess. Since we all had to be in Yerevan by evening, we tried to decline their invitation to travel to their homes for dinner. Needless to say, we did not succeed. They packed most of us in their battered car and our one friend ...

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