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About qiyuzhou

At the age of 17, 2017, awarded Woman Grand Master title, and represented Canada in the Women's World Chess Championship, Tehran, Iran in Feb., 2017 At the age of 16, 2016, Won the Canadian Women's Chess Championship, qualified for the World Women's Chess Championship, Tehran, Iran At the age of 15, awarded WIM title. Won the 1st place in under 18G section in North American Chess Championship in Mexico. At the age of 14, World Youth Chess Championship Gold Medalist U14G, Durban, South Africa, 2014 At the age of 14, Canadian Women Olympiad Chess Team member 2014 At the age of 8, World youth chess championship silver medalist in 2008 At the age of 14, Silver medalist in North American Youth Chess Championship U18 G, in New York, USA Canadian Youth Chess Champions in U12G, U14G in 2012, 2013 Multiple Finnish Youth Chess Champions from 2005 to 2010 Nordic School Chess Champions in U11 Open in 2010 At the age of five, won U-10 open Finnish Youth Chess Championships Her story was written in the Finnish textbook “Suomi” for foreigners.

Qiyu Zhou in the First Jamaica International Chess Festival October 13th – 15th, 2017

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

3. Interview

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”.



28 Tips for Becoming a World Chess Champion in Your Category— A Funny Video

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

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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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

An Interview: “WIM Qiyu Zhou reached the goal to become a world champion. Now remains one dream: to win the Nobel Prize”


Qiyu Zhou was born 2000, and was a winner already as a 5-year-old girl. She won the Finnish championship in chess for children under 10 years age. She defeated five years older players to take the title. Her biggest success is winning the World Championship for girls under 14 years age. During 2015 she took the title WIM, women’s international master. Her ELO-rating is 2318.

Qiyu Zhou was born in China, moved to France as a very young child and came to Finland as a four year old. She lives in Canada nowadays. So the first question is naturally:

How many languages can you speak?

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