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Harmony on Ellen


Harmony Zhu on Ellen
Harmony Zhu appeared on Ellen.

piano performance
She performed on piano …
impersonating chess players
… and impersonated chess players thinking about their next move.

Harmony Zhu has played regularly at Annex Chess Club and at Scarborough Chess Club. Current World Youth Under-8 Girls’ Chess Champion, she has also won national piano competitions. Watch the segment on EllenTV.

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Harmony is as charming as she is talented, and her media interviews are already legend in the chess community. When it comes to coaches taking credit for their students’ success, here’s an excerpt from Harmony’s interview at the World Youth Chess Championship (where she won gold) when asked about her chess coach, Canadian IM Nikolay Noritsyn.

– Do you have a personal coach at the moment? Chess coach?
HARMONY: … Yes.
– If it is not secret, can you tell us about your coach?
HARMONY: He’s a very good coach. He taught me very … nice things. Lots of things.
– Is he a grandmaster? Or he is not?
HARMONY: I don’t know.
– What is your coach’s name? Because I think your coach … probably deserves some credit here for … the excellent coaching he has –
HARMONY: Oh, oh by the way, you know I have a pet guinea pig?
– A guinnea pig –
HARMONY: And his name is Scrumptious.
– Scrumptious?
HARMONY: He’s a white guinea pig.
– White guinea pig!
HARMONY: Yeah, right now he’s back at my home.
– Does he know how to play chess?
HARMONY: No.
– Are you going to teach him to play chess?
HARMONY: I’ll try but I’m not sure if he can learn it.
– Maybe he will become Guinea Pig Chess World Champion one day.
HARMONY: Maybe!

Apart from Nikolay earning a new nickname, the following image was poking out from behind a photograph in the latest issue of Canadian Chess News on a page showing a chess coach accepting a CYCC medal on behalf of his student who had left early.

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John Upper’s caption was: “Some coaches have to take all the credit.”

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Harmony’s Story on CBC

Harmony’s on TV this weekend!

CBC’s Our Toronto features our own eight-year-old phenom, Harmony Zhu!

Harmony Zhu CYCC 2013

The segment aired on CBC TV Sunday February 9 at 5:00 pm, but is now posted online.

Harmony gave a chess interview, filmed on location at Annex Chess Club – just before her game against Jonathan Yu – and a piano performance, filmed at the Royal Conservatory of Music. (Jonathan Yu and Ted Winick also appear in the video.)

“We’re going to introduce you to a young girl from Richmond Hill … who has the world at her fingertips. Her name is Harmony Zhu. Debbie Lightle-Quan discovered – she’s full of potential and surprise.”

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Chess is for Joiners

Annex Chess Club was mentioned in The Grid’s eclectic New Year’s list of 29 social clubs you can join in Toronto – for a “fitter, funner, friendlier you.”

Alluding to the famous Groucho Marx line, “I don’t want to belong to any club that will have me as a member,” the article list 29 clubs that will have you as a member and 5 that probably won’t. Annex Chess Club is #20 (“Have a one knight stand”) on the former list.

Check out “A Joiner’s guide to Toronto” by Katie Underwood, Rebecca Fleming, Jacob Rutka, and Karen Liu.

Thanks to Erik Malmsten for sharing the article!

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Winter Driving as a Chess Game

Are chess players safer drivers?

Angelo DiCicco, Young Drivers of Canada General Manager, describes awareness of space around your car and possible moves of other cars using a chess analogy (speaking to Gill Deacon on CBC’s Here and Now).

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ANGELO DICICCO: What it is is space. Everyone knows that they should slow down but they don’t always understand why, and the idea is judicious use of space. You have to have space within which for you to manoeuvre, to slow down and stop, but also for the guy behind and the guy behind behind the guy behind. You want to make allowances for other drivers’ actions and failure to take actions.

GILL DEACON: So giving yourself a bit of a safety zone around the cars in front and behind you would be your number one recommendation?

ANGELO DICICCO: Exactly. It’s like playing chess. If you’re the king, you want to keep space around you. You want to look for the bishops that are sliding from one lane to another. Or the rooks that are going to be making a lane change or turning left in front of you at an intersection without enough room.

You have to make allowances for the other drivers because you make mistakes, too. So do I. We all do. And you have to be your brother’s keeper.

Angelo DiCicco
Angelo DiCicco
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KiSS 92.5 “Greatest Chess Player” takes on 13-year-old

Damnit Maurie (with Roz & Mocha) KiSS 92.5
Damnit Maurie (with Roz & Mocha) KiSS 92.5

While Toronto’s KiSS 92.5 morning show team were discussing the games room in the Titanic II replica, producer Damnit Maurie made the claim that he is the “Greatest Chess Player” and has never lost a game of chess. To prove himself, he will take a challenge from a 13-year-old this March break. Hope he’s wearing his headcam!

Check out how the challenge came about with these audio files from KiSS 92.5.

[UPDATE: And here’s the live play-by-play of Thursday’s game, 13-year-old Sohum versus Damnit Maurie.]

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