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Ju Wenjun
Ju Wenjun 
Ju Wenjun in Women's Grand Prix, Tehran, 2016.
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Number of games in database: 949
Years covered: 2004 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2568 (2568 rapid, 2558 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2604

Overall record: +268 -94 =299 (63.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 288 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (64) 
    E00 A40 D02 A41 A50
 King's Indian (47) 
    E62 E60 E94 E67 E63
 Catalan (45) 
    E04 E06 E01 E09
 Slav (36) 
    D11 D10 D17 D12 D16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (31) 
    D30 D35 D37 D31 D38
 Reti System (30) 
    A04 A06 A05
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (132) 
    B90 B92 B53 B22 B52
 King's Indian (90) 
    E97 E60 E92 E63 E90
 Sicilian Najdorf (62) 
    B90 B92 B99 B97 B96
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    D02 A45 A46 A41 E10
 English (25) 
    A15 A10 A18 A14 A13
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E32 E53 E20 E47 E39
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ju Wenjun vs N Lane, 2017 1-0
   B Savchenko vs Ju Wenjun, 2012 0-1
   O Kobo vs Ju Wenjun, 2017 0-1
   Yifan Hou vs Ju Wenjun, 2017 0-1
   K Zhu vs Ju Wenjun, 2016 0-1
   Fanghui Sun vs Ju Wenjun, 2017 0-1
   Tianlu Gu vs Ju Wenjun, 2015 0-1
   Ju Wenjun vs L Javakhishvili, 2011 1-0
   Tan Zhongyi vs Ju Wenjun, 2018 0-1
   Ju Wenjun vs Tan Zhongyi, 2018 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Women's World Team Championship (2013)
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2010)
   Chinese Chess League (2016)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota (2014)
   New Zealand Open (2016)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   Chinese Chess League (2017)
   Nanjing Women's FIDE Grand Prix (2009)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2016)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)

   🏆 Gibraltar Masters
   E O Risting vs Ju Wenjun (Jan-22-19) 0-1
   Ju Wenjun vs D Harika (Dec-30-18) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Lagno vs Ju Wenjun (Dec-30-18) 1-0, blitz
   Ju Wenjun vs Nataliya Buksa (Dec-30-18) 1-0, blitz
   A Goryachkina vs Ju Wenjun (Dec-30-18) 0-1, blitz

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(born Jan-31-1991, 27 years old) China
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WGM (2009); GM (2011); Chinese Women’s Champion (2010 & 2014); Women's World Champion (2018).

GM norms

At the Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010), Wenjun won individual silver on board 2 and her first GM norm. She won her 2nd GM norm at the 1st Hangzhou Women's GM Tournament (2011), and her 3rd GM norm came with her second place (with 7/11) at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Nalchik (2011). She produced 3 more GM norms before her application for the grandmaster title was forwarded to FIDE: at the Women Grand Prix Jermuk (2012), the Dubai Open in 2013 and the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota (2014). The effective date of her title is 21 October 2011, dated to the final round of the Nalchik event, as she had already reached a rating of 2500 a couple of years previously.


Wenjun won the Chinese Championship (Women) (2010). She qualified for the FIDE Knock-out Women's World Championship (2012), and defeated Iranian WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan, US IM and WGM Anna Vitalyevna Zatonskih, Ukrainian GM Natalia Zhukova and compatriot WGM Huang Qian to reach the semi-final. There she played and lost to Ukrainian IM and WGM Anna Ushenina in the first set of rapid game tiebreakers. In 2014 she won the Women's Chinese Championship for a second time with a score of 8.5/11.

Wenjun was =5th at the Women Grand Prix Geneva (2013), picking up her first points in the women's Grand prix series, some 75 points. 6th place at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tashkent (2013) earned her another 70 Grand Prix points that accrued to 6th place, but was not enough to keep her in meaningful contention. Nevertheless, in June 2014, she was =2nd in the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota (2014) and in September 2014 she went one better by placing =1st alongside Yifan Hou at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014). She managed to place 3rd in the Women's Grand Prix series for 2013-14 with 340 points, 40 points behind the runner-up Koneru Humpy.

Wenjun played in Zonal 3.5, a qualifier for the (open) World Cup 2015, in November 2014, and placed 8th with a score of 7/11, losing 14 rating points for her pains.

In May 2018, she challenged the Women's World Champion of 2017, Tan Zhongyi, in the Women's World Championship (2018) that was played in Shanghai (games 1-5) and Chongqing (games 6-10). She took the title by winning the 10 game match by 5.5-4.5 (+3 -2 =5), becoming the 17th Women's World Champion.

Team Events

<Chinese League> Ju Wenjun has played for the Shanghai team every year since 2005 inclusive, helping her team win the gold medal in 2008, 2009 and 2012, the silver medal in 2011 and bronze in 2005, 2007 and 2013.

<National Team> In March 2013, she shone on board 1 for the Chinese team at the Women's World Team Championship (2013) held in Astana, when she scored an individual gold medal with 7/9, enabling her team to salvage 5th place in the event. In 2014 she was a member of the Chinese team that won the Asian Nations Cup (Women) (2014). Playing board 2 for China, she helped her team to a silver medal at the Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014), and earned an individual bronze for her board.

Standard Tournaments

In January 2013, she scored a rating-neutral 6/10 at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2013). In April 2013 she placed =2nd at the Dubai Open, half a point behind the winner, with 7/9 (+5 =4) and a 2683 performance rating, chalking up yet another GM norm result. She placed =5th in the Women Grand Prix Geneva (2013) in May 2013, the first leg of the Women's Grand Prix series for 2013-14, with a score of 6/11. In May 2014, she was =1st alongside Tingjie Lei in the 4th China (XiShan) Chess Women Masters Tournament

Ratings and Rankings

Ju Wenjun's highest rating to date was 2582 in October 2014, when she also reached her highest ranking, #3 amongst women.


Live rating:; Wikipedia article: Ju Wenjun

Last updated: 2018-05-20 19:52:35

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 979  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ju Wenjun vs Yifan Hou ½-½612004Asian-ch (Women)A37 English, Symmetrical
2. M Socko vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½512006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
3. Ju Wenjun vs M Socko 1-0592006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA10 English
4. N Dzagnidze vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½312006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA48 King's Indian
5. Ju Wenjun vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½632006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE17 Queen's Indian
6. N Dzagnidze vs Ju Wenjun 0-1832006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE90 King's Indian
7. Ju Wenjun vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½412006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA33 English, Symmetrical
8. Ju Wenjun vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½232006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE15 Queen's Indian
9. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½262006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun 1-0212006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Ju Wenjun vs Chiburdanidze  0-1742006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE15 Queen's Indian
12. Ju Wenjun vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½362006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½342006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
14. Ju Wenjun vs Li Ruofan  ½-½432006Chinese ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
15. Yifan Hou vs Ju Wenjun  1-0402006Chinese ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
16. Ju Wenjun vs Ruan Lufei  ½-½272006Chinese ChampionshipD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
17. Zhao Xue vs Ju Wenjun  1-0482006Chinese ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
18. Ju Wenjun vs Wang Yu  ½-½402006Chinese ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
19. Gong Qianyun vs Ju Wenjun  0-1302006Chinese ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Ju Wenjun vs Shen Yang  0-1422006Chinese ChampionshipD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. Kuang Yinghui vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½182006Chinese ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
22. Ju Wenjun vs Gu Xiaobing 1-0622006Chinese ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
23. Wang Pin vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½232006Chinese ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
24. Ju Wenjun vs Huang Qian  ½-½562006Chinese ChampionshipA15 English
25. Xu Tong vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½322008TCh-CHN w AB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
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May-20-18  JimNorCal: Two observations about GM Ju pictures though.
1) Her photos look better without the hijab, not with. No argument possible in her case IMO.

2) I've now seen a lot of photos of her. I think she is not super-beautiful because I've seen some photos that are not stunning at all. But she is, I think, VERY photogenic. A photographer can very easily take a picture of her that makes her look good. It's not simple to make her look bad.

Oct-01-18  WorstPlayerEver:
Nov-17-18  UncleTarrasch: Good luck to you Ju and Lagno too in the final. If you win, you have proven to fellow players and fans once more that you're indeed the undisputed women's world #1 today
Nov-23-18  Octavia: Congratulations !!! This time it may even be for a whole year! There'll be a tournament to decide the challenger next year. So, enjoy being the female worldchesschampion!!!
Nov-23-18  markz: Congratulations world champion!
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  sonia91: Congratulations on defending your world champion title in the tough knockout tournament!

In a year, Ju won the World Rapid Championship (Women) (2017), the Women's World Championship (2018) match, the Chess Olympiad (Women) (2018) (plus the individual gold medal on board 1!) and now the Women's World Championship KO (2018)!

Nov-23-18  JimNorCal: GM Lagno put up a tough fight. GM Ju can be proud of the win
Nov-25-18  nok: I'll note scarfs are a common piece of clothing in the world, including Europe up until last century, regardless of ideology.
Nov-26-18  Nietzowitsch: All <truth> passes through three stages.

First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

Nov-26-18  JimNorCal: One truth that is not very controversial: GM Ju has retained her W.C. title. She swept through the early rounds but GM Lagno gave her a shock in the Final. Ju came from behind and won in the tense tie break round. Congratulations GM Ju
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  Count Wedgemore: I've looked through Ju's games in this World Championship, and I'm very impressed with her play. Her playing style is very solid, counterattacking and despite some mishaps here and there, very, very accurate chess. A worthy World Women's Champion.

And she's quite the looker as well (in your face! All you PC police out there).

Nov-26-18  dumbgai: Glad to see a bunch of toxic comments were removed by the admins. Back on topic, hopefully Ju gets to hold on to the title for more than a year this time!
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  saffuna: Outstanding! And that includes deleting my one post above.
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  perfidious: <dumbgai>, so am I.
Nov-27-18  JimNorCal: Yes, thank you admins. Also, the whistle blowers
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  Check It Out: Congrats to wenjun for a well-fought victory. Womens chess is often more exciting than men's at the highest levels.

<Nietzowitsch: All <truth> passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.>

You left out the fourth stage: It is deleted and the cycle starts over again.

Nov-27-18  posoo: da old posoo's comments supporting women and opposing their objectification have been deleted from this page.
Nov-27-18  posoo: Seriously, why does JimNorCal's cringe-worthy post asserting that Ju inarguably looks better in a hijab remain, while my gently chiding him for latent sexism has been removed?

Dis is da kind of stuff dat makes people think about TUMPORARY restraning orders ans PREOLIMANARY injunctions lol!

Then again I don't pay any muney to be on dis site.

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  MissScarlett: Neither do I.
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  alexmagnus: Is it sexist to say a man is handsome? If not, then it's not sexist to say a woman is beautiful.

If some notion is considered sexist only for one gender, it's not sexist. Those who consider it sexist are sexist, as they, per definition, apply different standards on both sexes.

Nov-27-18  posoo: lol Ulux Mugnus, it is sexist to say dat a woman INARGUABLY looks da best when she dresses according to ur preference.

Dis is why chesplayors r genrly sad and loanly.

Nov-27-18  JimNorCal: posoo: I don't pay any money either. I wouldn't mind if they deleted that post. btw, I said GM Ju looks better with NO hijab not WITH a hijab.

also btw, who knew! posoo, dialect and all, is a SJW! :) :)

Nov-27-18  JimNorCal: posoo, reading the "posting guidelines" carefully, it appears you can say what you want about the players but you need to be on your toes when you write about a fellow member of

OK: Ju WenJun is pretty.
OUT: JimNorCal is sexist.

Even if both are true, one of the two statements is FAR more likely to be deleted, yes?

fwiw, I took no offense at what you said, posoo. Are you imitating a Cajun dialect? I've met some folks from Louisiana. Maybe the people in the country have a strong dialect but the ones I met from New Orleans do not even have a southern accent. They have no obvious accent at all, at least to my ears.

Nov-30-18  posoo: NIMJORCAL

very keen stuff

I am not IMITATING any dialect for dis is all I can do. But I do LIKE John Kennedy Toole.

Thank you for da EMANENTLY sensible post and BLESSINGS

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  sonia91: Congratulations on retaining the women's world rapid title! She also gained lots of rating points at the King Salman Rapid World Championship (Women) (2018) to become the new women's world #1 in rapid chess.
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