THE opening ceremony of 20th ASEAN + Age Group Chess Championships 2019, hosted by Myanmar, was held yesterday at Mandalar Thiri Stadium in Mandalay.
The national anthem was first played, followed by salutes to the State Flag. Afterwards, Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe delivered a speech.
The championships kicked off with a first move by Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe. Next, the Union Minister, members of the Mandalay Region Government, Regional Hluttaw representatives, and officials from ASEAN Chess Confederation (ACC) and Myanmar Chess Federation cordially greeted the players.
Over 190 players from Myanmar and 237 players from Viet Nam, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Mongolia, Malaysia, India and Indonesia are participating in the game. The Championships will be held from 9 to19 June.