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Qiyu Zhou in the First Jamaica International Chess Festival October 13th – 15th, 2017

The first Jamaican International Chess Festival brought four strong youngsters to promote chess on the beautiful island of Jamaica: Awonder Liang, Akshat Chandra, Akshita Gorti and Qiyu Zhou — all up-and-coming players with notable achievements. They gave speeches, played simuls, blitz and rapid chess for the purpose of inspiring youth in Jamaica. Here are the some of the promotions that Qiyu Zhou did.

1.Qiyu Zhou’s speech in Jamaica : “From Dream to Reality: Becoming a World Youth Champion 

2. The first account Report on Chessbase written by Qiyu Zhou


3. Interview


Quota from the interview: “She dreams of making a real difference in the world, living by her personal motto: “If you try really hard, and if you work for it, you’ll probably get there.”

4. With honorable Prime Minister Andrew Holness


Quota from the news report: “Woman Grandmaster and Canadian Women’s Champion, 17-year-old Qiyu Zhou said she wants to inspire the children of Jamaica to play chess and “start or continue to pursue whatever they want to achieve”.



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On McGill Rapid Open, April 29, 2017

Qiyu Zhou won this year’s McGill Rapid Open with 4.5/5 in the Open Section, which  attracted around 88 chess players; while the open section had 14 title players, 2 IMs , several strong FMs and some of the strongest juniors from Canada. Here is the result and pairing:


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Blackpool Chess Conference , England


First Tournament in England being a WGM

 Qiyu Zhou played her first tournament in England after finishing her World Women’s Chess Championship in Tehran, Iran. She really enjoyed her play there thanks to the organizer’s hospitality and the fighting spirit of her opponents.

Here is the result that she played in the 41st BLACKPOOL CHESS CONFERENCE, England from friday 10th – Sunday 12th March 2017, got 4/5 (didn’t make to  the first round due to the traffic jam from the airport, and received a 1/2 bye), shared the 3rd place ,  and received the best junior and female Prize .


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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.  Continue reading

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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

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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.

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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.


28 Tips for Becoming a World Chess Champion in Your Category— A Funny Video

Do you want to become a world chess champion in your category? Qiyu Zhou provides you with 28 tips in a funny  video 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


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






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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


An Interview: “WIM Qiyu Zhou reached the goal to become a 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?

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