THE ancient game of chess was introduced to a new generation in Launceston last night.
The second meeting of the Mind Moves Chess Club saw dozens of young players pit their wits against chess trainers and each other at the Windsor Park Precinct at Riverside.
The club is aimed at gifted children and children with ADHD and autism, however, co-organiser Charl Fourie said players aged five to 18 were welcome.
Mr Fourie, a clinical psychologist, had noticed in his experience that children on the autism spectrum reacted well to chess, as it played to their skills, as well as introduced new ones in a comfortable environment.
``The children love it because it is about strategy, '' said Mr Fourie, who organises the club with Dawida Rose-Nel.
``It is good for them because they also learn to interact with others, and it is a catalyst for them to form new friendships.''
Six-year-old Liam Rose-Nel said he has been playing chess for as long as he could remember.
``Dad taught me how to move the pieces when I was very, very young,'' Liam said.
``When I play people at club or at school I usually checkmate them. I am nearly a chess master.''
Mr Fourie said the club was packed out on opening night and nearly packed out last night.