Qiyu is known as the Five-year-old national chess champion in the Under10 open section in the Finnish National Chess Championship, 2005.
See the brief information in English below:
http://www.datakolmio.com/shakkilaakso/nsm2005.html “In the tournament the five-year-old girl Qiyu Zhou became the youngest champion of Finland in chess ever when she won the gold medal. Shakki-77 (Oulu), Qiyu’s family and the coach Jouni Tolonen can be proud for the championship.”
She is also known as a Finnish textbook girl, which you can read her story in the national school textbook. She had a great time in her beloved Oulu International School, and a couldn’t be better childhood in Finland.
Nowadays, Finnish people ask her: “How does it feel to be in a textbook?”
“In the textbook, my life forever stays at the age of five, but I need to live in the real life, because success belongs to the past.”
Below is her story from the national Finnish textbook.
Some other news about Qiyu Zhou from the Finnish media:
Qiyu was mentioned as one of the most famous figures in the 400-year-old history of Oulu, Finland
In 2010, Qiyu won the National Finnish Women’s Chess championship held in Helsinki, Finland
March 14, 2012 17:58 Chess in schools program was endorsed by EU Parliament, and I am one of the three ambassadors (Mr. Mihail Gorbaczev, Ms. Zsusza Polgar, and Qiyu Zhou)
In Finlnd , the children enjoy these two things every day in the long winter time, and they including Qiyu can’t find time for chess. They have a pressure and competition-free time at home, school and in the society. The photos of Qiyu were taken at the age of 6 in Oulu, Finland.