The former Soviet nation straddles Western Asia and Eastern Europe. The country has a long coastline along the Caspian Sea and is dotted with mountain ranges. Rich in oil and gas, Azerbaijan is part of multiple regional pipeline and energy corridor projects. Chess fans will know the country's capital, Baku, as the birthplace of the game's biggest-ever star, Garry Kasparov.
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