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Our Kazakh Service reports that a checkers competition kicked off today in Astana for schoolboys with the name "Nursultan," like the president, Nursultan Nazarbaev. The competition is called "Khan's Checkers in the Khan's City" and is organized by "Astana Magazine."

A witty riposte came from one blogger amid an online discussion of the event.

His post: "Would It Be Possible To Find Nursultans Who Could Play Chess?"

-- Central Newsroom

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