Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, is a landlocked country in eastern Europe. It was once part of the USSR before the USSR dissolved in 1991. The country is the birth-place of Artur Pashkov, who later moved to the United States and attended P.S. 38. Apparently, Artur was the champion of the boy's chess team in this country, and Nate (after hearing this from Mr. Rosa), becomes terrified that Artur will take his spot as the #1 chess player. Eventually, Artur did.

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