March 9, 2017

Do you want to become a world chess champion in your category? A new commedy video featuring WGM Qiyu Zhou is about to release

You can click the following two links to watch the opening credits of the upcoming new video:

The opening sequence of How To Become a World Champion with Qiyu Zhou is:

Video: How to Become a World Champion (opening credits of a commedy video featuring Qiyu)

Do you want to be a world champion?

Woman Grand Master (WG  )Qiyu Zhou provides you with 28 tips presented in a series of funny short clips that will help you become a World Champion!!! (or not!)…

Herself – Qiyu Zhou
Lynda Brunet – Anne-Carolyne Binette
Stan the Man – Omar Tehsin Asghar
Fergie Flokid – Florence Larouche
Emma Elikid – Eliane Larouche
Justin – Pierre Robert Groulx
International Arbiter – Vicki Mavraganis
Ted – Thierry Libersan
Geek – Mardy Men
Cindy – Cindy Bertinato
Basket – Rock Bosquet


Featured post

Watch: The Mystery of Games at 18:30PM on Feb. 18, 2016

Qiyu Zhou will be aired in this show:
6:30 pm
To find out how to access TVO visit: http://tvo.org/faqs
For more scheduling information visit: http://tvo.org/schedule

FAQs | TVO.org

How do I access TVO? You can find TVO on: Rogers Cable 2 Rogers HD 580 Bell TV 265 Bell Fibe TV HD 1209 Bell Fibe TV SD 209 Shaw Direct HD 39 Shaw Direct SD 353 Online:


Featured post

Conclusion of 2015: 2016 Starts with heavy school works

“I ask myself: are defeats necessary”

 From the Introduction of “The Alchemist”

Well, necessary or not, they happen. When we first begin fighting for our dream, we have no experience and make many mistakes. The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” Even though we gained enough experience, we still fall. Defeats are unavoidable in one’s life. The simple solution is if defeats bring you much unhappiness and pressure, then you quit and find another game that can bring you more happiness and less pressure. But if you can handle defeats well, without coming back or not, you can move on and continue to live a life without pressure, then you keep on your fighting. 

 I was thinking of writing a short reflection on Qiyu’s chess quest of 2015, but I decided not to.

She didn’t have any time to touch chess and to take any chess tournament after she finished her WYCC 2015 at the beginning of Nov. However , I awarded her by taking her to the insane city Las Vegas for the North American Open for her hard work and great grades in her school work during the Christmas break in 2015.

The results in Las Vegas  proved that chess has nothing to do with talent at this stage now, and only the amount of work counts. Qiyu is happy that she can still play chess during her school vacations. Look at the photo taken after arriving at the airport of Las Vegas, and she was so excited about being able to play her favourite chess again after the almost two-month break.


2016 still expects to see a very sunshiny,  positive and candid  Qiyu who wants to share her positive attitudes with the world, and this will never be changed.

Featured post

“WIM Qiyu Zhou reached the goal to become world champion. Now remains one dream: to win the Nobel Prize



Qiyu Zhou was born 2000, and was a winner already as a 5-year-old girl. She won the Finnish championship in chess for children under 10 years age. She defeated five years older players to take the title. Her biggest success is winning the World Championship for girls under 14 years age. During 2015 she took the title WIM, women’s international master. Her ELO-rating is 2318.

Qiyu Zhou was born in China, moved to France as a very young child and came to Finland as a four year old. She lives in Canada nowadays. So the first question is naturally:

How many languages can you speak?
– I speak 4 languages, English, Mandarin (Chinese) and Finnish fluently. I also somewhat speak French, read and write French as well.. And I have been studying Swedish in school since this September, and being tutored during the weekends.. I will practice my Swedish in the tournament.!

How did you get the interest in Sweden?
– When I was in Finland, I had a lot of connections with Swedish people. For example, I had a great friend who is a Swedish pianist. When I was young, our family saw each other very often, and I used to play the piano at his home.  He often gave our family private concerts and sang Swedish songs for us, and I was really moved.

– I wanted to learn Swedish since I was young; however, I left Finland for Canada in Grade 6 so I didn’t get a chance to learn it. Now I want to accomplish my childhood plans one by one. Swedish is my current target. Also I love reading Swedish literature, and I hope to read the original one day.

You have already won a lot of tournaments. Which victory do you rank as number 1. And why??
– I would rank my gold medal in 2014 in the world youth U- 14 years age. Mostly because it had always been my dream to become a world champion.

You have played in Sweden in the past, in Vasteras five years ago. What do you remember from that tournament?
– It must have been the Nordic school Championship for children under 11 years age. I won the tournament. I remember that I was the only girl in the section. The organizer was very nice, and offered us free choices to eat at the restaurants we wanted.

What is your status at present day? Which tournaments have you played lately? ?
– Right now I’m very busy with studies, but I try to make time for chess. I also need to take some different language courses in the evening. I recently played the world youth in Greece. Before that I played some tournaments in Canada during the summer holidays.

How do you feel coming to Sweden and play again?
– Excited. It’s been quite a while since I’ve last set foot in Sweden.

What is your goal in Stockholm Chess Challenge?
– Probably to not come last…

So how was it then with Qiyu’s dream of winning Nobel Prize? Her mother Changrong Yu tells the story:
– She knew Nobel Prize since she was five, and knew it was from Sweden in 2005. She had two dreams since she was five years old: one is to become a world chess champion, and the other is to become a Nobel Prize winner. I clearly remembered that when she visited the town hall of Sweden she told me: “Mom, next time I will be here for the prize!”

Young Qiyu Zhou has already become world champion in chess. The Nobel Prize is her next goal..”

The above interview was given by Mr. Ingemar Falk.

Let’s care for each other—video produced by Qiyu Zhou


Featured post

Looking for Sponsorship Supporting My WGM Title Hunt during My School Summer Vacation

Thank you for supporting my WGM title hunt

I am having my summer holiday now. Apart from taking one  summer school course and doing some maths , I plan to spend more time on chess, and to play in three or four IM norm tournaments to raise my rating and pursue the WGM title. In doing this, I am putting aside my other hobbies for a while. However, the cost for these tournaments will exceed $5,000. I am grateful if you can contribute to my efforts. Any amount is a great help to my continuous chess improvement. If you live in Ottawa, my mom will make you an origami firework or other origami design to show our gratitude. If you live outside of Ottawa, please leave a message to my website or send me a message here. We find ways to thank you.

Thank you again for supporting my chess quest.

Back to 2008 in WYCC Vietnam, I was the 2nd in U8 section, now three of my childhood opponents are the top 10 girls and WGM in the world. I am so happy to see these girls doing so well in chess.

Final Ranking after 11 Rounds in World Youth Chess Championship 2008, Vietnam

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3 n w we w-we
1 2 Abdumalik Zhansaya KAZ 0 10.0 0.0 75.5 70.5 0 0  top ten in the world now
2 54 Zhou Qiyu FIN 0 8.5 0.0 75.0 70.0 0 0
3 22 Mammadzada Gunay AZE 0 8.0 1.0 78.0 74.0 1 1  top ten in the world now
4 51 Wang Kelly CAN 0 8.0 0.0 76.5 72.0 0 0
5 50 Vu Thi Dieu Uyen VIE 0 7.5 0.0 70.5 65.5 0 0
6 15 Gundogan Sinem Cagla TUR 0 7.5 0.0 68.0 64.5 0 0
7 21 Liu Hannah USA 0 7.0 0.0 77.0 71.5 1 0.5
8 28 Nominerdene Davaademberel MGL 0 7.0 0.0 71.5 68.0 1 0  top ten in the world now

To my dear daughter

I know that you’re still not satisfied with your current result. And you think that you failed a lot of people’s expectations.  You didn’t fly your way to a big success after you demonstrated your early talent at the age of 4 and 5, instead your progress has been very slow. You had much more downs than ups. And even the title of the world youth chess champion came too late for you. You laughed at yourself when you read the Finnish News paper “ Qiyu Zhou eventually became a world chess champion.”

However, as your mom , I am always proud of you. You’re not the top 10 in the world rankings like your childhood opponents, but I don’t even care the ranking a little bit. Even though you told us since you’re a baby, you only play chess to be a world chess champion, I know deep in your mind you love this game, and in fact you play this game because of your passion. I support your passion, and I  have never doubted that both your talent and passion will eventually take you very far.


Qiyu Zhou at the age of 4 in 2004 (photo credit to  Nice-Matin, France, 2004)

Here is the cruel reality: Every sport is tough, and every international competition is ruthless. There is no end for any success, because every success is temporary, instead the pain of loss lasts much longer. Even though you win a tournament, you need to immediately prepare for the next one.  So our every success will eventually become our past. Until now, none of the sportsmen can sleep on their past success forever.

Always keep this in mind, all we want is you can enjoy your youth as much as possible and experience your life as much as possible. You can always try and challenge new things in your life . Remember the conversation between you and some chess friends you just knew:

Friends: how long do you practice?

Qiyu: Practice what? I practice a lot of things every day.

Keep all your different interests and dreams and enjoy your precious youth are beyond everything!! 

Featured post

Gained WIM(Women Internationional Master) title —–Qiyu Zhou’s Brief Thank-you Note for Supporting her NAYCC Trip in Mexico , May 2015

I would like to thank all of you for your support, in particular, the Brantford Chess Club as well as  Ontario Chess association this time. Without your sponsorship I would not have been able to travel to Mexico , become the Under18 girls’ champion and gain the WIM title  in North American Youth Chess Championships held in Mexico, from May 27 to May 31 in 2015. 



The tournament itself was quite well- organized, and even though I had a very bad start, I tried my best. The Mexican people were friendly, the accommodations were comfortable, and most importantly (for me) I got the WIM title :).  The Mexican organizers offered all the official players in each section free board and around $20(USD) in hotel subsidy per night. The hotel itself had plenty of green space, and there was no need to go outside. I played a lot of table tennis with the Mexican chess players, and made a lot of new friends. 

As usual, I will have to concentrate on my studies, and focus on the upcoming exams/summatives. My next goal is to achieve the WGM title in chess and to become a better pole vaulter. I want to thank everyone for the continuous support in making these goals come true!


Final Ranking after 9 Rounds

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5
1 1 WFM Zhou Qiyu CAN 2070 7.5 1.0 7 46.5 42.5 40.00
2 7 Hurtado Romero Karen Zayde MEX 1718 7.5 0.0 7 44.0 42.5 33.25
3 3 WIM Alarcon Morales Elvira MEX 1867 6.5 0.0 6 46.0 42.0 30.25
4 2 WFM Fuentes Godoy Lilia Ivonne MEX 1994 6.0 0.0 6 45.0 43.5 23.50
5 4 WCM Herrera Camara Genny Ceci MEX 1844 5.0 0.0 5 45.0 42.0 20.00
6 5 Avila Fraire Ameyalli MEX 1746 5.0 0.0 4 48.5 44.5 24.75
7 8 WCM Alarcon Morales Alicia MEX 1713 5.0 0.0 3 40.0 39.0 16.75
8 15 Muniz Jimenez Alicia MEX 0 5.0 0.0 3 29.0 28.0 14.25
9 6 Pitol Martinez Estefania MEX 1736 4.5 0.0 4 45.5 44.5 18.50
10 10 Villegas Gomez Getsemani MEX 1567 4.5 0.0 3 45.0 43.5 16.50
11 11 Solis Carbajal Minueth Si MEX 1562 4.5 0.0 3 38.5 37.5 15.50
12 13 Avila Bautista Andrea Fati MEX 1445 4.5 0.0 3 32.0 31.0 12.00
13 9 WFM Samadashvili Martha USA 1687 4.5 0.0 2 44.5 41.5 20.25
14 12 Gomez Vazquez Esthela MEX 1528 4.5 0.0 2 34.0 33.0 13.25
15 18 Zayas Hernandez Ana Patricia MEX 0 3.5 0.0 2 32.5 31.5 8.75
16 16 Sanchez Mendoza Karla Mon MEX 0 2.0 0.0 0 38.0 37.0 3.50
17 17 Vazquez Arcos Virginia Azucen MEX 0 1.5 0.0 0 33.5 32.0 1.75
18 14 Martinez Hilario Itayuyu MEX 0 0.0 0.0 0 27.0 26.0 0.00
Featured post

A Brief Report on Ontario Open 2015 in Brantford

Ontario Open 2015 in Brantford is a great feast, which  left Qiyu a lot of unforgettable and sweet memories. She feels that chess players in Canada are also well-respected and recognized by the society. During the opening ceremony, Mr. Gashgarian presented Qiyu with a custom- made ceramic plaque (with her name on it!!!) in recognition of her world youth title. The organizers have also fund-raised $800 for helping her chess trips. We also feel privileged to get to know our host family Mr. John Vlasov, and we had a great time with him, and with his caring and hospitable wife. Qiyu doesn’t feel that chess is a lonely and individual game anymore, instead a lot of great friends are behind her and supporting her efforts in many different ways. The organizers did a great job in inviting GMs and very strong players to compete in this open. They held a very classy and splendid opening ceremony. The thoughtful organizers have raised chess to a new level and ignited the passion of the chess players and youths with high prizes for winners in each category and good conditions (e.g. free healthy fruits, coffee, tea, and snacks). Here are some photos from the opening ceremony.


At the opening ceremony, Brantford town crier Mr. David Mckee officially announced the beginning of the tournament , Note: Look at our GMs’s big smile, the announcement must be very funny!


The city councillor, Mr. Neumann standing behind on the left later gave a welcome speech on behalf of the Mayor


All the players are laughing at the chess-themed cry.



What are you talking to the crier?

This is the final standing of the open section. http://brantchess.ca/2015ontarioopen/index.html Qiyu got 3/6, two wins against our very strong senior players, and two draws against two FMs, and lost to two FMs, a normal performance. The last game was with her friend FM Michael Song, who played his Dutch opening amazingly well, while Qiyu has never encountered this opening before. The whole game Michael played very well, and led the time discrepancy to 1.21 hours VS Qiyu’s one minute in the middle game. Before the last round pairing came out, there was a funny conversation between Qiyu and her chess friend who said that he really didn’t want to play with Michael in the last round, while Qiyu said she really wanted to, because Michael has really impressed Qiyu in U16 chess Olympiad with his strength. And she was happy that they played. This was the only game Qiyu played much below her strength. The other 5 games more or less reflected her current level which also need a lot of improvement. Our strong opponents help us improve. This is why chess players always appreciate the participants of serious GMs, IMs, and FMs and enjoy playing with them. From this perspective, we appreciate that Brantford organizers invited so many strong players and chess lovers to involve in the feast. All in all, Brantford chess club, Mr.Rob Gashgarian, Mr. Lee Hendon, Mr. Tony Ficzere, Mr. John Vlasov , Mr. Hal Bond , and all the volunteers did a great job. This is a great tournament. Thank you very much for all your great efforts in bringing chess fans such an amazing chess feast! Hope to play in your tournaments next time and welcome to play in RA chess club, Ottawa. Reported by Qiyu Zhou’s mom, Changrong Yu

Featured post

Spring Activities 2015: Qiyu won 2nd place in pole vault in Ottawa track and field finals

The spring of Ottawa just came several days ago. It’s time to do more outdoor sports, and Qiyu is engaging with the training of  pole vault and triple jump.  Pole vault is definitely harder than chess! We’ll know how far she can go after the initial two-month training . In the recent Ottawa track and field finals on May 19, 2015, she won the 2nd place in pole vault. In her school field and track day, she set a new grade 9 school record, 8.95m in triple jump. Compared with professional atheletes, these are nothing. However, the results are quite decent for a full-time IB high school girl and chess player.


One of the ealiest trainings as a fresh starter on April 8, 2015 


Training in pole vault on May 13, 2015 before the Ottawa city finals 


2nd place in the city finals on May 19, 2015 after a month and half training in her spare time 

turning from a chess player to a pole vaulter 

We haven’t written anything yet after our trip in France and Iceland. The main reason was that Qiyu and I were attacked by a cold and fever in Cappelle-la-Grand, France and the situation became even worse in Iceland. However, Qiyu still strove to finish all her games in Iceland.  Regardless of all the odds, it was a great tour in Europe, and Qiyu was very glad to re-visit her childhood countries once in a while thanks to the organizer’s sponsorships. She spent some time with her former chess opponents from Nordic countries. And the frequent question asked by her old childhood opponents was “Why is your rating still so low?”  Yeah, they have at least overtaken 2300 FIDE rating. I think the main reason is that she really enjoys her academic studies in the school,  and she also loves competing in other sports as well. And she wants to be the one who can sponsor and help others after she finishes her education. Of course, if she can spare more time on chess, the result will be really different. As I have discussed in my other blogs, if you want to be the top one in chess in the world, be focused and rejecting all other distractions.

Posted by Qiyu’s mom , Changrong Yu ,http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Changrong_Yu

Featured post

Special Thanks to the Friends Who Sponsored Qiyu’s Cappelle la Grande and Reykjavik Open

Qiyu Zhou will play in these two upcoming international opens: Cappelle la Grande and Reykjavik Open 2015. These will be her first international opens.

Le 31e Open International d’Echecs de Cappelle-la-Grande se déroulera du samedi 28 février au samedi 7 mars 2015.
Special thanks to FQE who gave Qiyu this opportunity to represent it as an invited player. Mr. Richard Berube, our head of delegation from WYCC 2014, helped her gain this status. It is an honour to represent FQE because it recognizes all Qiyu’s endeavors and results in the world stage. FQE also sponsored her $250 for this trip .

Qiyu was origninally a French chess player at the age of 4, and she took the French Youth Chess Championship in 2005 in Calvi. She is very eager to go back to France to play chess thanks to the organizer’s sponsorship.


Last round in Cappelle-la-Grande in 2015, one of the most friendly international opens in the world , you get to meet great chess friends and talk to great GMs


Chess cake in the close ceremony, you’ll meet amazing people and experience amazing French culture in this open 

Whenever we came to France, we can feel that chess players are very well- respected by this society. Though Cappelle-la-Grande is only a small village, the organizers invited over 191 players from different countries and cover all these invited players’ registration fees, accommodation, three meals, and provides GMs airfare compensations. The total participants of this open exceeds 550 players.The villiage provides all invited players free public transportations. A large amount of volunteers are working for this open. The food is fantastic with nice Frence wine, and the meal time together is the chess players’ best social time . You can feel French people’s hospitality towards chess players, and their devotion to promoting chess worldwide. Their passion and generosity make chess players feel that chess is truly a worthy sport and it deserves their passion. 

Reykjavik Open 2015: March 10th-18th 2015

Special thanks to Mr. Gunnar Bjornsson, President of the Icelandic Chess Federation, who kindly sponsored us accommodation. Iceland has all the time on her most-wanted visiting list, and her Geo. Teacher has already assigned her a special project on Iceland, so she will visit Iceland with two missions: playing her best strength and accomplishing her Icelandic geographical project; however, it’s a pity that we only stay in Iceland during the period of the competitive tournaments.
The flight tickets and the coverage of the trip have been a dilemma for the family. Special thanks to Qiyu’s Finnish trainer, Mr. Jouni Tolonen’s donations, and our friend, Mr. Marcel Laurin’s donation (President of the Ligue d’Echecs De I’Outaouais, who sponsored her $300, and Qiyu will be very happy to play a simultaneous exhibition in Gatineau.).


Iceland and Reykjavik open are all chess players must-bes

Featured post

My new website for Origami: Origami helps develop spatial visualization


Origami in Education

Abstract: Origami is an educational tool of great value. A partial list of these benefits includes: visual sequential memory, ability to follow directions (visual or auditory), eye hand coordination, spatial perception, and fine motor skills. The child also develops associative thinking skills, improves patience, concentration, and attention to details. Most of all, it involves emotions, which can calm down the hype-active children and excite the bored ones in the class.

1. Introduction
When a child is faced with a piece of blank paper he/she has an urge to draw on it, which is  one type of creative activity. But very rarely does the child think of folding this piece of paper into something, another type of creative activity.

Origami can be defined as the art of creating recognizable objects by mean of folding a sheet of square paper. Origami can be learned by almost anyone. In recent years, Origami has been used by educators and therapists in many applied setting. Teachers have discovered that Origami is an activity that fits ideally into interdisciplinary and multi-cultural programs.

2. Why Do I teach Origami ?
First of all, it does not take much time in the lesson and it is a very good recreation for our children. Secondly, it improves the communicative skills in a natural social setting. Doing origami can be a hard work at the beginning. However, it is worthwhile when we consider the benefit in the long term.
Paper folding combines the advantages of being instructive and attractive. It appeals to the creative, inventive and constructive abilities of children. Friedrich Froebel (1782 – 1852), the German educator and founder of the kindergarten, who dedicated most of his life to the exploration of the learning process of young children, realized that a game for children is an educational tool of a great value. Origami in that sense has the characteristics of a game. It is an enjoyable activity that follows certain rules, it involves emotions, it excites, entertains, and at the same time teaches through doing. To the child, the transformation of the flat sheet of paper into a three dimensional form, using only two hands, seems almost magical.

In this learning by doing activity, (in which co-ordination and motor control play an important part), there is a continuous interaction of the action and thought process. Children watch how each fold leads to a more advanced one and how together they all progress to create a life-like pliable material, which they, the children, duplicate or, use their creativity to form a new one on their own. In that aspect, Origami is a method of “active research”. There is a gradual progression, a sequential order, research into new relationships of folds, and creative possibilities which encourage the advancement of new ideas.

While doing origami, the child is exposed to speaking, listening, seeing, observing, touching and doing. In the process of learning a new model and duplicating it on his own, the child has an opportunity to improve multiple cognitive skills in an enjoyable way. A partial list of these skills includes: visual sequential memory, ability to follow directions (visual or auditory), eye hand coordination, spatial perception and fine motor skills. The child also develops associative thinking skills, improves patience, concentration and attention to details.

Paper folding can be used as a technique to achieve vital academic objectives. One of the most obvious applications is mathematics. Origami provides a highly engaging and motivating environment within which children extend their geometric experience and the skill of spatial visualization. With its richness in mathematical topics, students literally manipulate the concepts that they are learning. Origami demonstrates the fact that mathematics is a subject that can involve exploration. When a student, for example, folds a piece of paper in half and opens it out again, the nature of one half is shown to him/her.
The seeds of geometric thinking are implanted when children are doing origami.

3. .Conclusion
Origami strengthens the intellectual skills. And it makes one happy, youthful and positive.

Featured post

Why Chess is Important to Our Personal Growth—Written by Qiyu Zhou

I have been passionate about chess since I started this game at the age of three years and 10 months. By taking international competitive chess tournaments and championships, I have visited over 27 countries and made a lot of friends. I understand that people from all backgrounds, ages, ethnic races and genders can enjoy and/or succeed at chess. These trips have widened my view, deepened my knowledge , and let me visit numerous amazing places as well as meet amazing people around the world. This rich experience helps me appreciate and understand different cultures, geographies, and become more open-minded to different things. Chess has sharpened my mind and developed both my IQ and EQ in general. It develops my ability to visualize moves and patterns in mind, and helps me to create plans and focus my thoughts and energy to solve complicated problems as they occur. One such example is in math, where chess helps my spatial skills. The skills in chess can help me apply my knowledge in dynamic and creative ways. It is reported by scientific research that all these skills are transferable to other academic fields and to daily life. For example, I have a very strong academic background, and have loved physics since I was four years old. In my spare time I read a lot about quantum physics. I am adept at computing. I also enjoy various sports, such as badminton and tennis, and arts, especially graphic design and music. I am also a competitive swimmer and have trained in Toronto and Ottawa, and won many regional places. We know that everyone is born with special talents, and we are all special as individuals.  I understand that no matter how talented one is, hard work is the only way to accomplish a dream. Playing chess raises my self-esteem and tells me that hard work is the key to every success. Chess brings me a peaceful mind, and tells me the positive way to face both losses and wins. Chess teaches me that determination and self-motivation are one of the keys to succeed in life. This game also teaches me about sportsmanship and to never give up when facing challenges and difficulties. Chess develops my ability to think logically and to have intellectual creativity. Chess also tells me that I can be the leading person in one special area in the world. By teaching chess to other children, I am happy to find that the excited kids can calm down, and the overly hyper ones can sit and play a board game for hours. Though I am still not successful in chess,  so far this hobby  has contributed a lot to my personal growth both in life and school.

Note:  Chess in schools program was endorsed by EU Parliament in March 2012, and I am one of the three ambassadors (Mr. Mihail Gorbaczev, Ms. Zsusza Polgar, and Qiyu Zhou)

Featured post


Source: http://www.kaleva.fi/uutiset/kotimaa/quiy-zhousta-tuli-kuin-tulikin-maailmanmestari/679531/

Today Finnish Kaleva published an on-line story of Qiyu:
Title: “Qiyu Zhou finally became World Champion”

large-shakkimestariQuiy Zhou viisivuotiaana vuonna 2005.
Heikki Sarviaho

Vuonna 2004 Oulussa järjestetyillä älypelimessuilla pidettiin shakkiturnaus. Siihen osallistui myös nelivuotias Quiy Zhou.

Zhou joutui pelaamaan vanhempien pelaajien kanssa koska omanikäiset pelikaverit puuttuivat. Tavoitteet olivat jo tuolloin korkealla, sillä nuori pelaaja ilmoitti, että haluaa joskus shakin maailmanmestariksi.

Lokakuun alussa Zhoun unelmasta tuli viimein totta, kun hän voitti oman ikäluokkansa mestaruuden Durbanissa järjestetyissä shakin nuorten mm-kisoissa.

Kisat olivat nykyisin Kanadan Ottawassa asuvalle 14-vuotiaalle Zhoulle jo yhdeksännet.


Lue lisää Kaleva Sunnuntai-liitteestä.

Note from Qiyu Zhou’s mother: When she was four, she told the journalists, her friends and her teachers that she wanted to become the world chess champion and Nobel Prize winner. I really like the French and Finnish society that not a single person laughed at her big dreams. Also I never know that people will take this very playful child’s words seriously. We know that it’s hard for any non-professionals to become a chess champion. She was just very very lucky thanks to the blessings and all the amazing jobs done by her coaches. We owe everything to her incredible chess coaches.  Qiyu’s mother

Featured post

Qiyu Zhou at the age of 8 and Yifan Hou at the age of 14 in 2008

Qiyu Zhou at the age of 8, and Yifan Hou at the age of 14 (Qiyu’s current age) in the photo below , Qiyu was very lucky to meet her again and took a photo with her. Qiyu first met Yifan at the age of five when she was playing in U10G, WYCC 2005, Belfort, France. Yifan was around 11 years old, who was playing in U12 open section. Due to the big age difference, they could hardly talk to each other. But they did talk something back to 2005. Yifan is an extremely charming, humble, and talented girl, who has very pleasant personality. Qiyu is bit like her, very gentle , kind and caring in nature. But Yifan is much stronger than Qiyu in chess, and Qiyu can’t match her at this stage. When I first met and talked to Yifan in 2005, I knew that she would be an extraordinary chess player. It’s not a surprise  when she became the Women’s World  Chess Champion at the age of 18. I know that she is an incredible girl! Yifan enjoyed reading fictions so much, and I remembered that she was reading a novel whenever she got free time in WYCC ,2005. Maybe this is the reason she wore glasses at a young age. With Yifan Hou in 2008

Featured post

Thoughts on the Recent Report—written by Qiyu’s mom


The reporter, Mr. Matthew Little, really impressed me with all his thoughtful and insightful questions that connected chess with life. Because I believe that everything is related in this world. Qiyu’s words were so simple and direct – that winning a world championship has meant accomplishing one of her early childhood dreams, but that this is indeed only a very small step in her life. One of her favorite pictures speaks of her explanation that compared to the ocean, our individual successes are so small and trivial.


Qiyu Zhou on the beach of the Indian Ocean, Durban, South Africa, Sept. 2014

We all have dreams, no matter if they are big or small. Some of us may be lucky and achieve them, or maybe we’ve tried and couldn’t. How many of us live a life that is what we wanted at the beginning? The most important thing is that we’ve enjoyed the journey of walking towards our dreams. If we enjoy the path, we won’t have any regrets in life. So many times in my life I have shed tears over the 2nd the 3rd place finishes, and over all the unsung heroes including my daughter. I am simply moved by everyone’s efforts.
The reporter says that “At 14 years old, Qiyu Zhou is one of those children parents like to imagine they will raise.” Certainly I disagree with this, because every child is the ideal and favorite one in his/her parents’ eyes, and this feeling is the key to the progress of our human journey. The most important thing is that we love and support our children unconditionally. When Qiyu was young, her father and I discussed why she didn’t choose to run the 100-meter sprint, and then the family could go home happily after a few seconds without waiting for as long as chess takes. But we are so glad that she is the way she is.
Thanks Mr. Little, for your profound questions that connected life with chess, although Qiyu’s point of view, as that of a 14-year-old girl, still needs the ripening of age.

Featured post

Qiyu Zhou’s thank-you note for your donations and support

This was  a year like no other, largely due to the fact I achieved my early childhood dream: becoming a World Champion. This would not have been possible without the support of the Chess Federation of Canada, which gave me the opportunity to represent Canada once again in the world, and without the support of my Canadian chess friends, who donated around $1,000 to my South Africa trip. Becoming a World Champion means a lot to me, and this has encouraged me to keep playing chess and to continue to improve. My goals for the future include playing the World Junior Chess Championship, and to continue to play on the Canadian Women’s Olympiad team. I intend to earn the WIM title as soon as possible, and then to get either the IM title or the WGM title soon after.

I am proud to have won a gold medal for Canada, and I would like to thank all of you for the support.

Featured post

Qiyu Zhou won World Youth Chess Championship U14G, Durban, South Africa ,2014

Qiyu Zhou won the World Youth Chess Championship for girls U14 in Durban, South Africa! She scored 8.5 out of 11, going undefeated (+6 =5 -0), leading the group from round 3. This is her first world youth chess champion representing Canada, but her second WYCC medal . She won the silver medal in WYCC U8G in Vietnam 2008, scored 8.5 out of 11 as well. She has been several times top 10 in WYCC. This was her 4th time on the WYCC podium, because it  awarded the top 6 in every WYCC.  This is her photo on the podium in Durban, WYCC, 2014.

QiyuOnPodium_2014 Her silver medal ceremony photos in 2008 can be viewed from this Finnish website. http://shakki08.1g.fi/kuvat/2008+Nuorten+08-18+MM+Vietnam/

OnPodium_2008 OnPodium2_2008 She looks like now when the game starts in WYCC 2014: TwoRoundPhoto_2014This was how she looked like in 2008, WYCC, Vietnam . Playing_8yearsOld

The similarity is that she immediately hurried to her schools and enjoyed time with her classes after she came back from the championships. Both her IB schools in Finland (Oulu International School ) and Colonel By Secondary School in Ottawa, Canada all threw her a big party. She received the warmest congratulations and support from her classmates and teachers alike. She all the time values friendship! She is very happy because one of her very early childhood dreams came into true. Below is her standing this year:  Big thanks to everyone who helped her, unselfishly  coached her, supported her, and encouraged her.  Thanks for continuously following her chess quest and supporting her.


Featured post

Qiyu Zhou’s recent activities after Chess Olympiad in August, 2014, Ottawa

Qiyu’s summer vacation will be over in two days, and she is starting her high school in the IB program of Colonel By Secondary School in Ottawa, Canada.  This summer certainly  was a memorable one with some really bad chess games and quite good ones; however, these were not important because chess is not really only about winning for her, instead it is a game which brings her a lot of enjoyment since she started it in Antibes, France, 2004, at the age of four. She has never  doubted about her own talent, but she is also very realistic since she is only an amateur and doesn’t put enough time into chess.  As her mom, I always like her positive attitude, pleasant and generous personality.

She was so happy to be in the Olympiad in Tromso this year, and was able to meet and talk to some of her childhood chess friends from Finland, Norway, and the previous WYCCs. Most of her old childhood friends (5 years older than her) have become  very strong IMs(boys) and WGMs. They don’t take WYCC anymore, so Olympiad is almost the only chance to meet them. Meeting her old childhood friends is one of the inspiration for her to continue chess.  It’s so sweet to see her talking to them and encouraging each other. Her teammates, Yuanling Yuan, Alexandra Botez and the boys are so nice,  friendly and supportive to her, and she misses the great time with  them. Without their friendship, the Olympiad journey wouldn’t have been so great and fun. They also gave her a lot of advice on applying for the universities they ‘are studying.  She told me: ” mom, I feel i grow up in the Olympiad.” Though I doubt it, I am happy to hear that.

As usual, after the Olympiad, she had a short period of chess break, playing tennis with her tennis trainer everyday , who is a great friend of us, reading books, and hiking in the mountains. She loves both sea and mountains.   On August 31, she ate Sushi with her friend and went hiking in the mountain, what a pleasant day!

She had a high school orientation day on August 28, and met some new friends. She is always a very sentimental girl, valuing friends and friendship very much, so she still misses her old class and friends from Broadview Public School. She is learning that friends can’t always be together. I promised her to invite her old friends over once in a while.  We make new friends and never forget the old.

Her next chess journey will be in Montreal from Sep. 5 to 7, 2014, then I will take her to WYCC, Durban, South Africa on Sep. 16.  Since last time she won the silver medal in 2008 in Vietnam, 6 years have already passed. I hope that she can win it again thanks to all your support and encouragement.  Written by Qiyu Zhou’s mom

一个五岁孩子的两个梦 – 齐齐爷爷的讲座

一个五岁孩子的两个梦– 十年的坚持只为一个冠军梦







5-year-old champion 4

2005 芬兰青少年杯10岁公开组冠军Enter a caption















3. 许诺可贵,贵在坚持,从不言败









(余泽高 201565日下午给武汉生物工程院全体小学生的讲座提纲)

In the media 2014

Ottawa youth takes top spot in world chess tournament:


Ottawa girl wins International chess competition:


Ottawa chess master conquers world:


14-Year-Old Chess Champion From Canada Shares Life Lessons