Thoughts on the Olympiad I am quite satisfied with my debut in the Olympiad, scoring 6.5/9. I believe this tournament has not only broadened my knowledge of chess, but has also taught me many psychological values that are equally important.
It was a pleasure to be able to play among the top players, and to be able to see so many different cultures come together to play this constantly growing game. There were many new experiences, both on the chess board and off. Playing in a team for example has taught me values about cooperation. On the chess board, I have learned about new mistakes, things I could vastly improve on, and many other things, such as how to deal with time trouble. I feel very privileged to have been able to represent Canada in such a prestigious event. Tromsø itself was a very nice city, with good facilities and impeccable scenery. The view from the top of the mountain was great, albeit the extremely rainy (and cloudy) weather. The cold air was a pleasant change from the hot Canadian summer. Personally, the food was excellent, with fish and potatoes being the main dishes. Dessert was always delicious, as the staff found new ways to satisfy hungry chess players. Team Canada did very well this year, both the women’s and men’s teams. The women’s team had good chances, and finished 41st. The men’s team tied extremely tough opponents such as USA and Israel.
Below is the final standing of Canadian Women’s team in the 41st Olympiad Tromso 2014 Women
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr140381.aspx?lan=1&art=0&rd=11&fed=CAN&flag=30&wi=821 Below is my result in the 9 games I played, scored 6.5/9.
|Zhou Qiyu WCM 2109 CAN Rp:2094|
|1||558||Nurse Lydia||1364||BAR||1358||5.0||w 1||4|
|2||183||Luong Phuong Hanh||2171||VIE||2251||7.0||w 0||3|
|3||535||Joao Delfina||1534||ANG||1504||3.5||s 1||3|
|5||476||Jacobsen Elise Sjottem||1697||NOR||1695||2.5||w 1||4|
|6||283||Revo Tatiana||2023||BLR||2178||3.0||s 0||4|
|7||440||WFM||Comas Colon Rinelly M.||1762||PUR||1807||4.5||s 1||3|
|9||352||WFM||Jalloul Maya M.||1922||LIB||1840||5.0||s 1||3|
|10||206||WFM||Novkovic Julia||2131||AUT||2007||4.0||w 1||4|
|11||155||WFM||Machalova Veronika||2214||SVK||2340||5.0||s ½||4|
I would like to thank the Canadian chess federation and FQE and all the people involved for making this possible. I want to contribute more points to our women’s team and help the team stand on the podium next time. ——— donation website: https://qiyuzhou.wordpress.com/ Thanks so much for your generous donations with helping Qiyu accompolish her chess dream. She is preparing for WYCC2014.