FIJI Chess Federation (FCF) is impressed with the response to its newly introduced Sunday Chess Coaching clinics at Nasese.
The initiative introduced by the national body earlier this year is aimed at getting more people into the sport.
FCF president Doctor Virgilio De Asa said they ran the clinic every Sunday at the Nasese Medical Centre between 3pm to 5pm.
"We only started a few weeks back, but now we have over a dozen new players in the sessions," he said.
"In fact, our trainers CM Calvin Prasad, Gloria Sukhu and Goru Arvind were overwhelmed by the interest shown by children as young as six to learn and experience chess."
Dr De Asa said the continuing clinic was timely for the participants with the national primary and secondary schools championship to be played in mid-May.
He is asking schools to send their interested players to the Sunday Chess Coaching clinics to improve their chances of winning the schools meet.
"A good number of new players have shown interest to play in competitive tournaments, and this opens up the opportunity for younger players to represent Fiji in upcoming Chess Olympiads in Norway (2014) and Baku (2016) if they perform well," he added.
Junior development coach Gloria Sukhu said the best part of the clinic was that internationally ranked Fijian players were providing free coaching for everyone.
"Chess is a sport where experience and coaching count a lot, and in some countries it is part of the school curriculum since it sharpens a person's ability to analyse and think," she said.
Coaching sessions will continue every Sunday with the exception of tournament dates, and all members of the public are welcome to participate.
The next tournament is scheduled on March 17.