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.
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/
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.