31st SEA Games in Hanoi

A very even field – the big three of host Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia are joined by non professionals Malaysia and Singapore – with no favourites for any on the top half. 

Despite being under martial law and in state of essentially civil war  since the military coup Myanmar is taking part together with Thailand and so the men’s event will have seven from ten countries.

Brunei is always at the Olympiad (118th), while Lao and Cambodia also intends to be in Chennai too but are not taking part in our regional games.

Women’s chess has significantly declined – we have the single (and well supported professional)as top seed and clear favourite – and any real challenge would realistically come from the second to fourth ranked players. 

Again we have the big three of ASEAN plus Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, six from ten countries.

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