It seems that Philippine chessers are not the only ones to worry about Vietnam's rising dominance in the South East Asian chess scene. Next door neighbours the Indonesians are keeping a close eye on the Vietnamese.
At the recent 7th ASEAN Age Group Chess Championships in Jakarta, the hosts walked away with 10 gold medals and came second place overall on medal count behind Vietnam (RP was third). But that was not considered enough of an achievement.
Says Percasi secretary-general Sebastian Simanjuntak, "We must admit that we lack extraordinarily good young talent at present...We had 15 chess players on average in every class in the seventh ASEAN Chess Championship, compared to Vietnam's five, but they outclassed our players easily".
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