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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: 941
Years covered: 2004 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2568 (2568 rapid, 2558 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2604

Overall record: +265 -93 =295 (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
 Catalan (45) 
    E06 E04 E01 E09
 King's Indian (45) 
    E62 E60 E67 E94 E63
 Slav (36) 
    D11 D10 D17 D12 D15
 Queen's Gambit Declined (31) 
    D30 D35 D37 D31 D39
 Reti System (30) 
    A06 A04 A05
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (131) 
    B90 B92 B53 B52 B22
 King's Indian (90) 
    E97 E92 E60 E90 E63
 Sicilian Najdorf (62) 
    B90 B92 B99 B97 B96
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    D02 A45 A46 A41 E10
 English (25) 
    A15 A10 A18 A13 A14
 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
   Ju Wenjun vs S Sanchez Castillo, 2014 1-0
   Ju Wenjun vs Tan Zhongyi, 2018 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2010)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014)
   Chinese Chess League (2016)
   Women's World Team Championship (2013)
   New Zealand Open (2016)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013)
   Chinese Chess League (2017)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2016)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

   🏆 Women's World Championship KO
   Ju Wenjun vs Kosteniuk (Nov-16-18) 1/2-1/2
   Kosteniuk vs Ju Wenjun (Nov-15-18) 0-1
   Ju Wenjun vs G Tokhirjonova (Nov-14-18) 1/2-1/2
   G Tokhirjonova vs Ju Wenjun (Nov-14-18) 0-1
   Mo Zhai vs Ju Wenjun (Nov-11-18) 0-1

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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 38; games 1-25 of 941  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  ½-½512006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
3. Ju Wenjun vs M Socko 1-0592006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA10 English
4. N Dzagnidze vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½312006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
5. Ju Wenjun vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½632006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
6. N Dzagnidze vs Ju Wenjun 0-1832006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
7. Ju Wenjun vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½412006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
8. Ju Wenjun vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½232006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
9. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½262006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun 1-0212006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Ju Wenjun vs Chiburdanidze  0-1742006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
12. Ju Wenjun vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½362006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½342006FIDE Women's World ChampionshipD03 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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  HeMateMe: great photo--I like the black choker


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  HeMateMe: Hey! Have you got a license for those legs?


Dec-17-16  notyetagm: She's so smart and beautiful.
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  sonia91: No mention in the bio that she won the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2016) and the Women's Grand Prix series 2015/16?! She will the challenger of the next Women's World Championship match!
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  sonia91: Interview by ChessBase India: <I will go to Iran as a chess player and just play chess!>
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  sonia91: Today, on her 26th birthday, she beat Hou Yifan at Tradewise Gibraltar (2017) and crossed 2600 in the live ratings! The last woman to cross 2600 was Anna Muzychuk in 2012.
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  keypusher: <sonia91: Today, on her 26th birthday, she beat Hou Yifan at Tradewise Gibraltar (2017) and crossed 2600 in the live ratings! The last woman to cross 2600 was Anna Muzychuk in 2012.>

Evidently she crossed it again after that, in the opposite direction.

Feb-02-17  notyetagm: New pic from Gibraltar ->
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  Tiggler: Congratulations on Gibraltar victory.
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  Sularus: congrats, wenjun!
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  cro777: New fashion (luxury line) for Chinese Women Team:

Shanghai Eveny Fashion Co. is Chinese Women Team new sponsor.

Mar-22-17  JimNorCal: Thanks, cro triple seven!
Nov-21-17  MelvinDoucet: You really had to make this photo of her in hijab her profile picture? She's not a Muslim, you know.
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  Dionysius1: Good point <MelvinDoucet> . <Notyetagm>'s link above somewhere would provide a more typical photo. Although maybe asks for photos and this is the one she provided?
May-18-18  JimNorCal: Congrats new Women's World Champion!
May-18-18  waustad: Congratulations!
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  Penguincw: Congrats Ju Wenjun!
May-20-18  Octavia: Congratulations! I'm surprised that you got all your titles in women's events. It means that women have become much stronger in the last 20 years or so - great!
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  zborris8: <MelvinDoucet:> It is written that all women look more beautiful when wearing the hijab, praise be to Allah.
May-20-18  JimNorCal: "all women look more beautiful when wearing the hijab"

A new one to me.
I'll add it to the others of its type:
"All women (at a bar) look more beautiful at closing time" Not sure if that's because you've had time to get plastered or because it is your last chance to motivate yourself to attempt to hook up.

"All women look the same in the dark with a paper bag over their head" Self-explanatory.

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-12-18  posoo: da unconcealed LUST which runs along dis page is VEREY dishartening for ANY playor!

It is no wonder dat women do NOT play dis game as often as MEN becus when they DO, out come da tungs and da men are like "OOOOEEEEEE" little boys dat they are!

Look at JimNorcal saying dat HIS PERSONUL preference about her apperance is INARGUABLE! ohmygod wat if ANY ONE ELSE were to disagree about how she looks da best!

Work on ur understandings of women CHESPLAYORS otherwise u will continue to be SAD and alone.

Nov-14-18  JimNorCal: Well, you're not wrong, posoo.
"I denounce myself" :)
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
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