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
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”.
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
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:
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 .