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Claire Summerscale
4NCL Chairman

Claire Summerscale
We would like to welcome Claire as the new 4NCL chairman, taking over from IM Paul Littlewood who has 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.
  • Current ECF Director of Junior Chess and Education.

Division 1

Pride and Prejudice
Barbican 4NCL 1
White Rose 1
Guildford-A&DC 1
Cambridge Univ. 1
The ADs
Barbican 4NCL 2
Oxford 1
Pandora's Box Grantham
S. Wales Dragons
Guildford-A&DC 2
Poisoned Pawns 1
Jutes of Kent

Division 2

Sambuca Sharks
Warwickshire Select 1
e2e4.org.uk 1
Barbican 4NCL Youth
AMCA Dragons
Kings Head
Poisoned Pawns 2
Anglian Avengers
Wessex 1
Celtic Tigers 1
Bristol 1
White Rose 2
Brown Jack
Guildford-A&DC 3
FCA Solutions 1

Division 3

Rhyfelwyr Essyllwg
Sambuca Black Sheep
Cambridge Univ. 2
Wessex 2
Warwickshire Select 2
KJCA Kings
FCA Solutions 2
The Full Ponty
Sussex Smart Ctls.
e2e4.org.uk 2
Nottinghamshire 1
Nottinghamshire 2
Oxford 2
AMCA Rhinos
Braille Chess Assoc.
AMCA Hippos
Glos. Gambits
Bristol 2
KJCA Knights
Guernsey Mates
Bristol 3
e2e4.org.uk 3
Beauty and the Beasts
Celtic Tigers 2
Oxford 3
Guildford-A&DC 4
AMCA Cheetahs