To start with there are eight of the ten ASEAN countries participating - Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos - and since the introduction of the plus (+) to the ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships, our neighbours in Korea, Hong Kong, Macau and Chinese Taipei (the new Asian Dragons!), have enthusiastically been a big part of the party!
Our friends in Oceania, this time through Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, are once again participating, and for years now, also the ambitious title seeking players from India and China.
These have recently been joined (actually not so recently!) by players from Mongolia, even Russia and of course Kazakhstan (now very familiar faces), Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh, now even Afghanistan!