Thank you , Mr. Watson, for your recognition. We wish that chess as a noble sport can get some financial support from the government.
I used to live in Antibes, France from the age of 3 to 4. Here is the photo taken on December, 27, 2013 when I was ice-skating with my friends.
at the age of 3, ice-skating in Antibes, France
One of my earliest chess activities, at the age of 4
Antibes, the most beautiful town I lived
A game with my chess friend, Robert, in RA chess club, Ottawa, 2014
Qiyu Zhou at the age of 8, and Yifan Hou at the age of 14 (Qiyu’s current age) in the photo below , Qiyu was very lucky to meet her again and took a photo with her. Qiyu first met Yifan at the age of five when she was playing in U10G, WYCC 2005, Belfort, France. Yifan was around 11 years old, who was playing in U12 open section. Due to the big age difference, they could hardly talk to each other. But they did talk something back to 2005. Yifan is an extremely charming, humble, and talented girl, who has very pleasant personality. Qiyu is bit like her, very gentle , kind and caring in nature. But Yifan is much stronger than Qiyu in chess, and Qiyu can’t match her at this stage. When I first met and talked to Yifan in 2005, I knew that she would be an extraordinary chess player. It’s not a surprise when she became the Women’s World Chess Champion at the age of 18. I know that she is an incredible girl! Yifan enjoyed reading fictions so much, and I remembered that she was reading a novel whenever she got free time in WYCC ,2005. Maybe this is the reason she wore glasses at a young age.
The reporter, Mr. Matthew Little, really impressed me with all his thoughtful and insightful questions that connected chess with life. Because I believe that everything is related in this world. Qiyu’s words were so simple and direct – that winning a world championship has meant accomplishing one of her early childhood dreams, but that this is indeed only a very small step in her life. One of her favorite pictures speaks of her explanation that compared to the ocean, our individual successes are so small and trivial.
Qiyu Zhou on the beach of the Indian Ocean, Durban, South Africa, Sept. 2014
This was a year like no other, largely due to the fact I achieved my early childhood dream: becoming a World Champion. This would not have been possible without the support of the Chess Federation of Canada, which gave me the opportunity to represent Canada once again in the world, and without the support of my Canadian chess friends, who donated around $1,000 to my South Africa trip. Becoming a World Champion means a lot to me, and this has encouraged me to keep playing chess and to continue to improve. My goals for the future include playing the World Junior Chess Championship, and to continue to play on the Canadian Women’s Olympiad team. I intend to earn the WIM title as soon as possible, and then to get either the IM title or the WGM title soon after.
I am proud to have won a gold medal for Canada, and I would like to thank all of you for the support.
Qiyu Zhou won the World Youth Chess Championship for girls U14 in Durban, South Africa! She scored 8.5 out of 11, going undefeated (+6 =5 -0), leading the group from round 3. This is her first world youth chess champion representing Canada, but her second WYCC medal . She won the silver medal in WYCC U8G in Vietnam 2008, scored 8.5 out of 11 as well. She has been several times top 10 in WYCC. This was her 4th time on the WYCC podium, because it awarded the top 6 in every WYCC. This is her photo on the podium in Durban, WYCC, 2014.
Her silver medal ceremony photos in 2008 can be viewed from this Finnish website. http://shakki08.1g.fi/kuvat/2008+Nuorten+08-18+MM+Vietnam/
The similarity is that she immediately hurried to her schools and enjoyed time with her classes after she came back from the championships. Both her IB schools in Finland (Oulu International School ) and Colonel By Secondary School in Ottawa, Canada all threw her a big party. She received the warmest congratulations and support from her classmates and teachers alike. She all the time values friendship! She is very happy because one of her very early childhood dreams came into true. Below is her standing this year: Big thanks to everyone who helped her, unselfishly coached her, supported her, and encouraged her. Thanks for continuously following her chess quest and supporting her.
Thoughts on the Olympiad I am quite satisfied with my debut in the Olympiad, scoring 6.5/9. I believe this tournament has not only broadened my knowledge of chess, but has also taught me many psychological values that are equally important.
In 2005, she was 5 years old. She participated in 2005 Finnish Youth Chess Championship, held in the city of Oulainen, 100km far from the city of Oulu, where the family was living. It was the first time for her to attend the FYCC. She played in U-10 open group. She luckily won the U-10 open champion, and represented Finland for the World Youth Chess Championship 2005 in the city of Belfort, France,18-29 July 2005. One of her Finnish chess friends in the group FYCC U10, Daniel Ebeling is entitled Fide International Master now.
Qiyu’s last round: Champion game
With my class in Oulu International School, Oulu, Finland
My name is Qiyu Zhou (born in 2000), a 14-year-old high school girl from Ottawa. I became the world U14g chess champion in the World Youth Chess Championship, Durban, South Africa in this September 2014. It is my great honor to represent Canada for the 41st Chess Olympics in August, 2014, Tromso, Norway. As of July 1, 2014, my Chess Federation of Canada rating is 2295, which ranks me as the #2 woman overall in Canada. My another important tournament was the 2nd place in June 2014, U18 girls section of North American Youth Chess Championship (Note: I played up from U14 to U18.), and gained the WFM title in Tarrytown, the USA.