James McQuillan - BBC's The Apprentice 5
James McQuillan is one of the 15 contestants on the BBC's The Apprentice 5, a competitive job interview to find a new apprentice for the business mogul Sir Alan Sugar. McQuillan is described on the BBC program website in the following way:
Family man James McQuillan describes himself as a 'schmoozer' who people feel comfortable around. Football referee, sports fanatic and former child chess champion James is inspired by people with passion. He cites the likes of Al Pacino and JK Rowling as his inspirational figures. James, who claims to suffer from 'foot in mouth syndrome,' has worked as a labourer, trolley collector and a nightclub doorman before finding his niche in commercial management. He describes himself as likeable and selfless and would love to have been the brains behind The A-Team.The claim about him being a former child chess champion is interesting. Several sites have discussed this issue with no clear conclusions. The following sites summarise the "facts" so far:
ALCHEssMIST - Alan Sugar Chess - James McQuillan "Owns" Alan Sugar
ALCHEssMIST - James McQuillan Loses The Apprentice Endgame - A Knight Is No Competition Against 4 Potentially Queenable Non-connected Passed Pawns
Update 22 May 2009:
Liberal England (Jonathan Calder) repeats assertion that James McQuillan is not a Child Chess Champion - here.