18 November 2011

The National Sport of Azerbaijan

I stopped watching CNN last year when it seemed like they were broadcasting more and more features at the expense of less and less news. The following segment on chess is a good example of one of their features.

Chess: The national sport of Azerbaijan (2:25) • 'The young in Azerbaijan are obsessed with chess. CNN's Jim Boulden reports from the capital of Baku.'

For an introduction to the entire show, see CNN International - Eye on Azerbaijan. A few years ago, Azerbaijan ran a series of ads on tourism, one of them highlighting chess: Azerbaijan - Leyla Aliyeva. I believe the lovely Leyla Aliyeva is the daughter of Ilham Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan.

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