Ali Roy – the 2008 winner
Chess Scotland is pleased to announce that this year's winner of the Cherie Booth QC Award for the Scottish Girl Player of the Year is Ali Roy. This is the second year in a row that Ali has won equalling Louise McNab's record.
Ali's main achievements as a player during the period of the Award (September 2007-August 2008) were British Under 13 Girls Champion and Scottish Girls Champion 2008. She was captain of the Scottish Faber Cup Team, which won the silver medal.
Over the past year Ali has represented Scotland in the European under 12 in Croatia where she beat a 2210 Woman Fide Master and the World Youth Championships in Turkey .
At the start of the season Ali has been very active and showed a sharp improvement.
Earlier in the year Ali coached and was non-playing captain at her local junior chess club entering 2 teams into the Ayrshire Junior Chess League. For the first time ever Carrick A team won the league outright and B team finished respectably. She also runs blitz competitions monthly.
Ali has also overcome negative experiences at school by helping two secondary pupils achieve their Duke of Edinburgh award by coaching and entering them into various junior competitions, where both boys had great results. One of the boys won a place to go down to Manchester to compete in the second stage of the British UK chess challenge.
Ali has great patience with autistic children who come along to the club and one of the children was absolutely thrilled when he also qualified to go on to the next stage of the British UK chess challenge competition in Manchester.
Ali is still working hard on her portfolio trying to get sponsorship for her chess, she is also applying to Awards for All hoping to receive funding to upgrade chess sets and clocks which have been used at her local club for the past 30 years.
Ali was lately interviewed by the local media on her chess achievements. The article was given a full page in some of the local papers with a lovely photograph of Ali with some of her trophies. The coverage attracted national newspapers who wanted to photograph Ali at a chess board glamorising and promoting female chess.
Since winning the award in 2007 Ali has been an excellent role model for girls chess in Scotland .
The judges would like to thank everyone who took time to nominate a player for the Cherie Booth QC Award. They also thank every girl who took part in chess events in Scotland throughout the Award period for promoting women chess players and raising their profile.
IM Keti Arakhamia-Grant, WFM Elaine Rutherford and IM Stephen Mannion