The General Department of Physical Education and Sports, in conjunction with Thua Thien-Hue provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism officially opened the 13th Southeast Asian Open Chess Championship in the central city of Hue on June 11.

The 420 athletes are all from Asia but the vast majority are Southeast Asian. Vietnam , as the host, has the biggest team with 264 players competing at the tournament.

The Championship will be under the Swiss system of ruling, with three events; 25 minute speed chess, 5 minute blitz and the 120 minute standard chess game.

The competitors will be battling it out for 78 medals over a number of classes.-VNA