Congratulations to Iris Zhou, a sixth-grader at Ladue Middle School who represented Missouri on the U.S. team in the 2015 World Youth & Cadets Chess Championship! This year, Iris is the only student in Missouri who qualified for the U.S. national team.
Iris played in the Girls Under 12 section and scored five points out of 11 games. Students earn one point for a win, half a point for a draw and no points for a loss. This year’s matches were held in Porto Carras, Halkidiki, on the northern coast of the Aegean Sea. The competition was held from Oct. 24- Nov. 6.
“Iris enjoyed the tournament enormously,” her mother, Yanfang Jiang said. “This is her best opportunity to meet with her chess friends, make new friends and explore different cultures.”
Before the competition, Iris said that she was going to jump right into her matches, give them her best and just enjoy herself— and she did!
This was Iris’ second time playing in the annual championship. In 2012, she qualified and played in the Girls Under 8 section in Slovenia. She also already qualifies for next year’s championship, which will be held in the country of Georgia.
After the tournament, Iris and her father toured London with family.