A HIGH altitude duel has pushed the game of chess to new heights.

It was a battle of the minds when Karl Zelesco took on Mae Salazar in a game of chess suspended 300m above the ground at the Eureka Tower, Melbourne’s tallest building, last month.

“You never get the same game twice – it’s always different,” Karl, 11, said.

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The Deepdene Primary grade 5 student took up the game just two years ago and has already been named Victoria’s best Primary School player and Australia’s fastest improving player.

The game launched the national finals of the Chess Kids National Interschool Chess Championships, featuring aspiring chess masters from right across the country.