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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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Tips for Becoming a World Chess Champion in Your Category— Funny Vidoes

Do you want to become a world chess champion in your category?

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!)…

6. Below is the tips 17-20 of the 28 tips, thanks for watching it.

5. Below is the tips 13-16 of the 28 tips:




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4. Below is the tips 9-12 of the 28 tips:

Tip 9: Keep your composure and stay mentally tough!
Tip 10: Figure out your opponent’s plans and moves quickly!
Tip 11: Don’t be intimidated!
Tip 12: No matter how, stay awake during the game (with very practical tricks to stay awake)

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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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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)

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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.


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