The South East Asian Games is due to begin later this month. It will be the second time that chess will be part of the competition after having been introduced 2 years ago in Vietnam. From that tournament, Malaysia walked away with 3 bronze medals.
This time around, it may not be so easy. Two top players will be out of action due to some exam - Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM). However, they will still enjoy the services of top player Nicholas Chan as well as IM Mas Hafizulhelmi.
And, of course, the Malaysians have apparently secured the services of GM Ian Rogers for some last minute advice. With all the SEA powehouses in play, the Malaysians will surely have a tough time. But just for Rogers, we wish them all the best.