Claire Summerscale - 4NCL Chairman


Claire Summerscale


Claire took over as 4NCL chairman from IM Paul Littlewood who had been at the helm for a decade.


Chess trainer, author and journalist/editor (ECF Junior magazine, The Right Move), radio personality (Radio 4) and authority on women’s chess and current ECF director of Junior Chess & Education, Claire brings fresh impetus to the role in addition to a unique wealth of experience.


Recently, as manager of Pride & Prejudice, an all-female team with token male Grandmaster – husband Aaron Summerscale, she has successfully challenged the perceived wisdom that women cannot compete with men at the highest levels of chess, evidenced by their rapid rise in the 4NCL ranks.


No stranger to the media, Claire has appeared several times on Radio 4 and captained the Pride & Prejudice team on their TV debut on BBC2s quiz show Eggheads. Claire is married to English Grandmaster Aaron Summerscale, with whom she currently teaches chess full-time.


Claire has recently set up a new Junior Grand Prix, which uniquely allows the winners to receive direct entry to represent England in the 2008 World Youth Championships, aided by funding from the ECF John Robinson Trust.


We wish Claire every success in her new post.


Roll of honour


  • Former British U11 & U13 girls champion.

  • Part of Slough’s team representing 4NCL in Women’s Europe Club championship.

  • Former BCF Director of Women’s International Chess, at a time when England’s women’s team were placed 8th in the European Team Championship.

  • Accomplished chess author
    Chess - pub. 2006, Interview with a Grandmaster pub 2001.

  • Former ECF Director of Junior Chess and Education.


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