A Lydiate graduate and chess enthusiast has joined forces with Maghull Maths Centre to bring the ancient game to the town's young.
Rob Owens has partnered with Mark Wadsworth to set up a weekly after-school chess club for young people.
The club meets each Monday at Maghull Town Hall from 4pm and is free to join. All the area's primary schools have been contacted and invited to join.
Rob, who has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from from University of Manchester and a Masters Degree in Political Economy, wants to encourage young people to take up chess after academic studies showed the game helped school children master maths.
Rob said: "Chess has been proven to give people an advantage when it comes to their studies, particularly maths. I'm already in a chess club which meets in Woodvale and Formby each week, so we thought it could be useful to get one up and running in Maghull for young people over here.
"Mark at Maghull Maths Centre was keen to set this up because he knew about the academic advantages for young people.
"We then went to Cllr Maurice Byrne at Maghull Town Council to find out how we can set this up as a weekly club for young people at the town hall.
"Cllr Byrne talked me through what we needed to do, including getting all the relevant checks, and we managed to get the club up and running."
Children from St Andrew's, Lydiate Primary and St George's have already joined up.
Rob said: "It's been encouraging how many young people have joined us already. They are of mixed ability, some who have played the game before, others who are brand new. But already we are seeing a huge improvement in how they play.
"It will be interesting now to monitor how well these young people do in their school work. Many studies have stated that young people who take up chess see an improvement in their school studies.
"If anyone is interested in finding out more about the club, you can contact Mark at Maghull Maths Centre on 07711423586 or me on 07969733609."