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 .
I would like to thank all of you for your support, in particular, the Brantford Chess Club as well as Ontario Chess association this time. Without your sponsorship I would not have been able to travel to Mexico , become the Under18 girls’ champion and gain the WIM title in North American Youth Chess Championships held in Mexico, from May 27 to May 31 in 2015.
Ontario Open 2015 in Brantford is a great feast, which left Qiyu a lot of unforgettable and sweet memories. She feels that chess players in Canada are also well-respected and recognized by the society. During the opening ceremony, Mr. Gashgarian presented Qiyu with a custom- made ceramic plaque (with her name on it!!!) in recognition of her world youth title. The organizers have also fund-raised $800 for helping her chess trips. We also feel privileged to get to know our host family Mr. John Vlasov, and we had a great time with him, and with his caring and hospitable wife. Qiyu doesn’t feel that chess is a lonely and individual game anymore, instead a lot of great friends are behind her and supporting her efforts in many different ways. The organizers did a great job in inviting GMs and very strong players to compete in this open. They held a very classy and splendid opening ceremony. The thoughtful organizers have raised chess to a new level and ignited the passion of the chess players and youths with high prizes for winners in each category and good conditions (e.g. free healthy fruits, coffee, tea, and snacks). Here are some photos from the opening ceremony.
At the opening ceremony, Brantford town crier Mr. David Mckee officially announced the beginning of the tournament , Note: Look at our GMs’s big smile, the announcement must be very funny!