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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?
– 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?
– 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.

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.


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

It’s Here!

2011 Hart House Holidays Open – December 16 to 18

Chess in the Great Hall at Hart House

From the neo-Gothic architecture of the building to the huge ceilings of the Great Hall, chess tournaments don’t get any more beautiful than this. It’s chess as you see it in the movies!

Organized by U of T’s Hart House Chess Club, this top-notch event has 128 players pre-registered – among them, some of the best players in the nation. In the Open Section, Slovakia’s IM Peter Vavrak and Spain’s IM Renier Castellanos join Canada’s elite: GM Bator Sambuev, IM Nikolai Noritsyn, IM Lawrence Day, and six other players with international titles. In the class sections, club players young and old – including five brand new, unrated players – are battling it out for rating points and prizes.

If you’ve never played in a real, CFC-rated tournament before, don’t miss this opportunity: Hart House is offering free tournament entry if you join CFC for the first time!

  • Format: 5-Round Swiss in 4 sections: Open, U2200, U1900, U1600
  • Rounds: 6 pm on Friday; 10 am and 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday
  • Location: Hart House, U of T
  • Take TTC: 10-min walk SE from St. George or 5-min walk SW from Museum
  • Entry Fee: $70 if you’ve registered in advance; $90 cash only on site. Extra $20 to play up each section. No cheques on-site.
  • Discounts: $10 less for Juniors (born after December 17th, 1993), Seniors (60+), Women, FIDE Masters, and University of Toronto students (show ID card). Only one discount per player. Free for IMs before December 9th, $60 afterwards, $70 on-site.
  • full details | flyer | pre-registered | map | email: hhchess@utoronto.ca

Note: If you plan to play Round One, make sure you get to the site for 5:30 pm at the latest. And don’t forget to bring your own chess clocks and chess pieces. Only boards are provided.

2011 Hart House Holidays Open

Canadian Chess Player of the Year

Mark Bluvshtein

David Cohen, chess historian and author of the Canadian Chess Info files (which now form much of the content of the new CFC website), has announced the Canadian Chess Player of the Year – GM Mark Bluvshtein!

Congratulations, Mark!


Official winners (based on a poll of chess journalists)
1. Mark Bluvshtein (=1st at the Continental Championship, played Aeroflot, Capablanca, Groningen, Tata Steel, World Cup, etc.)
2. Bator Sambuev (won Canadian Closed, hit highest-ever Canadian rating of 2753)
3. Michael Song (won World U-10 bronze at WYCC, won Toronto Junior Championship)

Fan favourites (based on an online vote)
1. Melissa Giblon (won Canadian Girls’ U-12 at CYCC)
2. Nikolay Noritsyn (won Québec Open, Toronto Thanksgiving Open, =1st at Toronto Labour Day Open, etc.)
3. Mark Bluvshtein (the official winner; see above)

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Canadian Youth Team Preparing for Brazil

Liza Orlova (U18 Girls), Myriam Roy (U16 Girls), and Sergey Noritsyn (U8 Open) are among 40 Canadian players headed to Brazil for the 2011 WYCC

2011 WYCC starts November 17

The tournament is under way! Check results.

Canada is sending a forty-player contingent (with five or six players participating in some of the age and gender categories) to the 2011 World Youth Chess Championships in Brazil.

See the complete list of Canadian team members, below.

This year’s Canadian team coaches are Nikolay Noritsyn, Andrew Peredun, and Mikhail Egorov; head of delegation is Andrew Giblon; assistant head of delegation is Gary Gladstone; and CFC youth co-ordinator is Patrick McDonald.

IM Nikolay Noritsyn

WYCC is an annual world chess championship for youth under 18, with boys’ and girls’ U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18 categories. It takes place this year from November 17 to 27 in Caldas Novas, a hydrothermal resort town in Brazil. The event was last in Brazil sixteen years ago, in 1995, albeit under a different name. (The tournament was previously known as the World Children’s Cup, and still earlier, the Cadet Championships.)

The big news from last year’s WYCC was Jason Cao winning gold for Canada in U10 Open. Jason placed third at this year’s CYCC (he’s now playing in U12 Open) but he has decided not to join the Canadian WYCC team in Brazil.

Canada has several strong entrants in this year’s World Youth Championship, particularly in the U12 Open section, where Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte, Michael Song, and Razvan Preotu are initially ranked 8th, 12th, and 22nd.

Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte

The 2011 Canadian Youth Chess Championship – held in Richmond Hill this July, just before the Canadian Open – was a mandatory qualifying event for WYCC participants. Check MonRoi’s pictures from the 2011 CYCC.

Good luck to all our Canadian players in Brazil!

In the Media…

October 29: 8-year-old Rohan Talukdar is featured in the Windsor Star
Read the story, “Windsor’s budding chess star…

November 7: Jeannie Zhang, Rachel Tao, and Lily Zhou are featured in the Windsor Star
Read the story, “Chess mates headed for world tourney

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Canada’s WYCC players:

Check official CYCC standings and CAN WYCC team.

U-8 Girls U-8 Open
1 Taylor Zhang 1164 Richmond Hill, ON 1 Sergey Noritsyn 1637 Richmond Hill, ON
2 Jeannie Yiying Zhang 1015 Windsor, ON 2 Luke Pulfer 1445 Surrey, BC
3 Frank Wang 1344 Toronto, ON
Rohan Shyam Talukdar 1208 Windsor, ON
U-10 Girls U-10 Open
1 Constance Zhaoxing Wang 1369 Toronto, ON 1 Yuanchen Zhang 1978 Markham, ON
Varshini Paraparan 919 Toronto, ON 2 Dinny Wang 1339 Mississauga, ON
Lily Zhou 868 Windsor, ON
U-12 Girls U-12 Open
1 Melissa Giblon 1528 Thornhill, ON 1 Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte 2046 Montreal, QC
2 Qiyu Zhou 1811 Ottawa, ON 3 Razvan Preotu 2155 Burlington, ON
3 Rachel Tao 1160 Windsor, ON Michael Ji Yu Song 2102 North York, ON
Dorsa Moayyed 1013 North York, ON
U-14 Girls U-14 Open
1 Joanne Foote 1533 Richmond, BC 1 Richard Wang 2329 Edmonton, AB
2 Louisa Qian Qian Hou 1483 LaSalle, QC 2 James Fu 2119 Scarborough, ON
3 Rebecca Giblon 1620 Thornhill, ON Agastya Kalra 1995 Ottawa, ON
Yimang Yang 1758 Mississauga, ON
Mark Plotkin 1912 Thornhill, ON
Bryant Yang 1681 Thornhill, ON
U-16 Girls U-16 Open
2 Myriam Roy 1987 Varennes, QC 1 David Zhang 2186 Calgary, AB
3 Regina-Veronicka Kalaydina 1946 Calgary, AB 2 Nikita Gusev 2272 Richmond Hill, ON
1 Chang Yun 1828 Brossard, QC Mikhail Ivanov 2156 Toronto, ON
Tina Fang 1736 London, ON Konstantin Semianiuk 2207 Toronto, ON
Kimia Moayyed 1155 North York, ON Simon Gladstone 2076 Thornhill, ON
U-18 Girls U-18 Open
1 Yelizaveta Orlova 2015 Toronto, ON 1 Loren Laceste 2238 North Vancouver, BC
3 Linda Fu 954 Toronto, ON