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

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