Claire Summerscale - 4NCL Chairman
Claire took over
as 4NCL chairman from IM Paul Littlewood who had
been at the helm for a decade.
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
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
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.
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
Accomplished chess author
Chess - pub. 2006,
Interview with a Grandmaster pub 2001.
Former ECF Director of Junior Chess and
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