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Ju Wenjun 
Ju Wenjun
Number of games in database: 543
Years covered: 2004 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2557 (2540 rapid, 2535 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2582
Overall record: +155 -60 =199 (61.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      129 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    E00 A40 A41 D00 A50
 Catalan (31) 
    E06 E04 E09
 King's Indian (29) 
    E62 E60 E94 E63 E67
 Reti System (22) 
    A06 A04 A05
 Slav (19) 
    D11 D12 D10 D16 D19
 English (15) 
    A15 A14 A13 A10 A12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (107) 
    B90 B92 B99 B51 B52
 King's Indian (84) 
    E97 E92 E90 E60 E63
 Sicilian Najdorf (59) 
    B90 B92 B99 B97 B93
 English (10) 
    A15 A10
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    A45 A41 A46
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D78 D79 D80
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Yang Shen vs Ju Wenjun, 2011 0-1
   Ju Wenjun vs T Batchimeg, 2013 1-0
   N Zhukova vs Ju Wenjun, 2012 1/2-1/2
   Ju Wenjun vs A Muzychuk, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2010)
   1st Hangzhou Women's GM Tournament (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014)
   Women's World Team Championship (2013)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota (2014)
   Chinese Chess Championships (Women) (2012)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013)
   Chinese League (2011)
   Women Grand Prix Geneva (2013)
   Nanjing Women's FIDE Grand Prix (2009)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)

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(born Jan-31-1991, 24 years old) China

[what is this?]
WGM (2009); GM (2011); Chinese Women’s Champion (2010 & 2014).

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 date of effect of her title would therefore be 21 October 2011, 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 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.

Team Events

In January 2013, she scored a rating-neutral 6/10 at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2013) but 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. Ju Wenjun played for the Shanghai team in the 2013 and 2014 Chinese League, helping her team to 3rd place out of 12 in 2013, while her team is placed 2nd in the 2014 season at half way (llth of 22 rounds). 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

She continued her excellent form in April 2013 when 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

Latest update 13 Dec 2014

 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 543  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Ju Wenjun vs Yifan Hou  ½-½61 2004 Asian-ch (Women)A37 English, Symmetrical
2. Ju Wenjun vs Ruan Lufei  ½-½27 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
3. M Socko vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½51 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
4. Ju Wenjun vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½36 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Ju Wenjun vs Yang Shen  0-142 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
6. N Dzagnidze vs Ju Wenjun  0-183 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
7. Yifan Hou vs Ju Wenjun  1-040 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
8. Ju Wenjun vs Huang Qian  ½-½56 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
9. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½34 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
10. Gong Qianyun vs Ju Wenjun  0-130 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Ju Wenjun vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½41 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
12. Ju Wenjun vs Li Ruofan  ½-½43 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsE15 Queen's Indian
13. Wang Pin vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½23 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½26 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Ju Wenjun vs Wang Yu  ½-½40 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
16. N Dzagnidze vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½31 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
17. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun  1-021 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Ju Wenjun vs Gu Xiaobing  1-062 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsE91 King's Indian
19. Ju Wenjun vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½23 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
20. Zhao Xue vs Ju Wenjun  1-048 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsE92 King's Indian
21. Ju Wenjun vs M Socko  1-059 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA10 English
22. Ju Wenjun vs Chiburdanidze  0-174 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
23. Kuang Yinghui vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½18 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsA07 King's Indian Attack
24. Ju Wenjun vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½63 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
25. Ju Wenjun vs I Gaponenko  ½-½78 2008 Women's OlympiadE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Apr-14-13  kwi: And congratulations for yet another GM norm (no matter what the result of round 9 is)! I wonder if she's gonna permanently be a WGM.
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  waustad: With 2 wins and 3 draws against GMs so far and a 2700+ performance rating I think that the GM title will be well deserved. She has at least one norm already: and has a 2500+ rating. It shouldn't be long.
Apr-15-13  kwi: She now has (already!) 5 GM norms (or 4 if the 2010 Team championship one is discounted for whatever weird reason) for a total of almost 50 games! And congratulations for the 2nd equal in Dubai Open.
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  waustad: Maybe she just has to apply. There are a number of people who have norms already who aren't listed on the FIDE site. The site's boilerplate: The norms have been sent by the federations/organisers, but the norms have not yet been checked, they may not be valid.

It says there are 3, but I don't know what the colors are in the rightmost 2 columns:

There are columns for pic and ct and I don't have a clue what they mean.

Apr-16-13  Bridgeburner: <waustad>

FIDE's info is not user friendly. Here we have a typical GM application that was granted:

The right hand columns are both grey so it seems clear that the green colour coding is not about verification.

As to whether the norms are valid or not: it would be weird if they were not as all three events were FIDE-run and organised events, and would be therefore instantly verified and verifiable.

One would think.

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  Natalia Pogonina: Yet another impressive performance by Ju Wenjun. I guess we will have a new female GM soon. Good news :)

Btw, Gunina is applying too.

Apr-16-13  Bridgeburner: <Natalia Pogonina>

Do you know why she doesn't already have a GM title? She seems to have 5 GM norms.

Oct-28-13  John Abraham: Nice smile, she seems to have a pleasant personality :)
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  waustad: She's taken over the lead in the Chinese women's championship with a win in the penultimate round against Lei Tingjie. Yang Shen also won so those 3 will be the top 3, but the order will be determined tomorrow.
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  waustad: Here we see why she isn't yet a GM:

It seems that the aribter's signature is missing on one of the norms. Couldn't a fax machine take care of this?

Jun-22-14  kwi: That's quite lame, tbh. Especially with 3 of her norms being organized directly by FIDE.

I wonder whether there would be a back count to other people who could've gotten their norms by means of playing her. Most likely not.

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  notyetagm: Ju Wenjun

It's amazing to me that a player this strong and this young (23) did not win any World Youth Championships.

Jul-02-14  alexapple: <Bridgeburner> In fact, Ju Wenjun already got 6 norms.

Besides the 4 norms registered in FIDE website and the norm obtained in Lopota, in 2011, she won Hangzhou International Women Grandmaster Tournament. But this norm doesn't registered in FIDE. Very strange.

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  technical draw: <alexapple> Right, she should already have the full GM title.
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  notyetagm: Ju Wenjun is such a cutie. :-)
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  notyetagm: <dumbgai: Ju Wenjun wearing a cute mini-skirt today. Isn't this illegal?>

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  notyetagm: FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014)

<dumbgai: Ju Wenjun wearing a miniskirt again, this time pink...>

Oh, yes! ->

Sep-14-14  42eyes: Apparently she'll be a GM soon.
Interview & great pics...
Nov-14-14  sonia91: FIDE finally approved the GM title.

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  twinlark: After six GM norms! Now that she's been officially awarded the GM title, it's retrospective to 2011.

Wonder why the delay?

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  waustad: <it's retrospective to 2011> So how does that effect other people who played her in the interim? Could there be more norms that get shaken out of the bureaucratic dust? One problem getting titles for people who mostly play in women's tournaments is that so few women are GMs or IMs that getting the required number of titled players to get a norm is more difficult. Also several who could get the IM title don't bother, which could hurt possible opponents chances to gain norms.
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  twinlark: Good questions. I suppose it depends upon the players affected and their federations to notify FIDE. I don't think FIDE would initiate the adjustments, merely enable them.
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  notyetagm: A lovely pic of the beautiful Ju Wenjun.

Jan-29-15  Bruce Graham: She spanked Rapport in Gibraltar.
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  waustad: She took a bye on her birthday. I hope it was a pleasant day.
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