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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: 716
Years covered: 2004 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2580 (2542 rapid, 2571 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2582
Overall record: +220 -80 =250 (62.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      166 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    E00 A40 A41 A45 E10
 Catalan (37) 
    E06 E04 E01 E09
 King's Indian (33) 
    E60 E62 E94 E63 E67
 Slav (28) 
    D11 D10 D12 D17 D19
 Reti System (24) 
    A06 A04 A05
 English (24) 
    A10 A15 A13 A14 A18
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (126) 
    B90 B92 B53 B99 B52
 King's Indian (88) 
    E97 E60 E92 E90 E63
 Sicilian Najdorf (62) 
    B90 B92 B99 B97 B96
 English (14) 
    A15 A10 A18
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    A45 E10 A46 A41 E00
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E32 E39 E53 E44 E47
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   B Savchenko vs Ju Wenjun, 2012 0-1
   A Ushenina vs Ju Wenjun, 2013 0-1
   N Zhukova vs Ju Wenjun, 2012 1/2-1/2
   Ju Wenjun vs T Batchimeg, 2013 1-0
   Ju Wenjun vs L Javakhishvili, 2011 1-0
   A Muzychuk vs Ju Wenjun, 2010 0-1
   M Socko vs Ju Wenjun, 2006 1/2-1/2
   Shen Yang vs Ju Wenjun, 2011 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2016)
   Chinese Team Championship (2016)
   Women's World Team Championship (2013)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota (2014)
   New Zealand Open (2016)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013)
   Nanjing Women's FIDE Grand Prix (2009)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2016)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)

   A Muzychuk vs Ju Wenjun (Dec-30-16) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Ju Wenjun vs Tan Zhongyi (Dec-30-16) 0-1, blitz
   A Kashlinskaya vs Ju Wenjun (Dec-30-16) 0-1, blitz
   V Gunina vs Ju Wenjun (Dec-30-16) 1-0, blitz
   Ju Wenjun vs Koneru (Dec-30-16) 0-1, blitz

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(born Jan-31-1991, 25 years old) China
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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

<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

Latest update 21 May 2015

 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 745  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Ju Wenjun vs Yifan Hou ½-½61 2004 Asian-ch (Women)A37 English, Symmetrical
2. M Socko vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½51 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
3. Ju Wenjun vs M Socko 1-059 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA10 English
4. N Dzagnidze vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½31 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
5. Ju Wenjun vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½63 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
6. N Dzagnidze vs Ju Wenjun  0-183 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
7. Ju Wenjun vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½41 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
8. Ju Wenjun vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½23 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
9. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun 1-021 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Ju Wenjun vs Chiburdanidze  0-174 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
11. Ju Wenjun vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½36 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½34 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
13. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½26 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Ju Wenjun vs Li Ruofan  ½-½43 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsE15 Queen's Indian
15. Yifan Hou vs Ju Wenjun  1-040 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
16. Ju Wenjun vs Ruan Lufei  ½-½27 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
17. Zhao Xue vs Ju Wenjun  1-048 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsE92 King's Indian
18. Ju Wenjun vs Wang Yu  ½-½40 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
19. Gong Qianyun vs Ju Wenjun  0-130 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Ju Wenjun vs Shen Yang  0-142 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. Kuang Yinghui vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½18 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsA07 King's Indian Attack
22. Ju Wenjun vs Gu Xiaobing 1-062 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
23. Wang Pin vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½23 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
24. Ju Wenjun vs Huang Qian  ½-½56 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
25. Xu Tong vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½32 2008 TCh-CHN w AB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
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  perfidious: In the mid 1970s, there was a top player who won the World Series of Poker who wrote that women were meant to be loved, not to play poker.

While I never met Amarillo Slim--and he was ten times the player this journeyman pro is-I rather suspect he changed his views a while later.

There is always room for one to learn and grow, if one's ego does not get in the way.

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  Richard Taylor: I don't know Short, and even though I'm in the same tournament I cant really see his games, some I can. He is obviously a great player. He writes those stories in New In Chess. I bought one and he was writing about collecting chess mags. I think he is relatively reserved. I think it is good he went to Iran and coached the women's team there.

I think it's also a pity he didn't beat Kasparov, I played over that match and Anand's. My feeling is that Anand was a little intimidated by Kasparov. Not only by his 'stare' and his ability but I suppose his huge energy and great theoretical knowledge as well as his great chess abilities. Anand had that but not that aggressivity as much as Kasparov....something like that. With Short it is hard to say. I suspect there were psychological reasons, not reasons of ability that led to his loss as he (and Anand) lost from potentially winning attack positions...

But the question of women etc is, well it is like debating if there is a god or whatever or who killed J R Kennedy. It goes on forever until the mere fact that the poor bastard was killed is forgotten! Men and women are different, but whether they will "equal" men at chess etc is one of those really silly questions. It leads into what Dr. Wayne Dyer calls 'the comparison trap'. It is as if the white dog wanted to say it could bark better than the black dog. It is irrelevant...

But that said, I think there are many more strong women players (young and old) than there were when I started chess, in the mid 50s. And through until maybe the 80s. In the 90s and after the numbers of very good players including women has increased.

I'm playing a Chinese woman tomorrow in the open. She is called Shenyue Li. She has done well. I mean considering who she beat and drew with...I am no more confidant against a woman or girl than anyone else. Tomorrow I will just try to play an interesting game. If she wins, good on her, if not, and I win, good. If we draw, good also.

The struggle!

Yes, there is room to learn and grow. We tend to block out some areas, and i do myself, that is not a good thing. We are fallible beings!

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  Benzol: <Richard> Your opponent tomorrow Shenyue Li has already beaten Bob Smith earlier in the tournament.
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Yes, she drew with Ben Hague also. She played 1. f4 so I played a From's Gambit. My position was quite good in the early stages. Then it went wrong. Then I overlooked a check that spelled the end.

But she didn't play the best line against my opening and I am sure I had her worried for a while. Although unlike some of the players she is relatively calm while playing.

But at least I didn't sit back, I took the attack to her. I also once tried the From against Ben Hague but didn't follow up with g5.... If you do see the game her error is d5 then I can play h6 she is more or less forced to play Ne6 and a complex position arises after I then check her on h4. I haven't run it through Komodo yet.

But if Emmanuel Lasker could beat Bird with the From's, I can give it a whirl. So, Paul Spiller had better watch out! He would spend too much time.

Another thing I didn't know was her psychology, the From's would terrify a lot of otherwise sensible players, but she wasn't one of those, and I also played some inaccuracies.

I don't care who a player has played or not or what my score is, I sit down for game of chess. I told Don Eade not to think about the score or even winning. I never do. In some tournaments, at the end, I cant recall how many points I got.

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  Richard Taylor: But Smith's wife is seriously ill, or at least has recently had an operation. So he is under stress. He didn't do well in the George. Overall I rate Smith as one of NZ's best. If you study his games he has played a wide range of styles, including attacking, great endings and many opening ideas. I recall Sarapu saying once, about the NZ Olympiad, that he wanted Smith on the team as he often drew with GMs (this is in the 70s to 80s).

But he is under pressure from personal events I think, and isn't playing so well so I wouldn't take too much notice of Shengue Li beating Smith or whoever. She is a good player, but I think that on a good day I could beat her.

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  Richard Taylor: Mind you, she will undoubtedly improve, and I wont much as I get terminally older, so, well time is on her side for now. But it wont last. She will grow old also. So it doesn't matter how good she is or any of them, cancer or something gets them all in the end...

Let's be positive.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Ju Wenjun!!
Jan-31-16  waustad: She's white against Anne Haast for her birthday.
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  cro777: Ju Wenjun won the 2nd China Women GM Basque Chess Tournament.

In Basque system chess tournaments the players face each other twice simultaneously, once with black and once with white.

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  cro777: "There is no sincerer love than the love of food." (George Bernard Shaw)

After the tournament Ju Wenjun specially mentioned that she liked the Huaiyang cuisine, which is considered to be amongst one of the Four Great Traditions that dominate the culinary heritage of China, along with Cantonese cuisine, Shandong cuisine and Sichuan cuisine.

Her favorite meal is "Lion's head", a dish consisting of large pork meatballs (about 7–10 cm in diameter) stewed with vegetables.

Sep-05-16  notyetagm: Beautiful recent pic of Wenjun:

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  WannaBe: I like the one linked to by <notyetagm>, you can't see 1/4 of her face in the new picture being used!!
Nov-20-16  notyetagm: <WannaBe: I like the one linked to by <notyetagm>, you can't see 1/4 of her face in the new picture being used!!>

A new pic of the lovely Ju Wenjun.

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  WannaBe: Oh, great, we get to see 1/2 of her face. But it is an improvement over 1/4 of her face. =)))
Nov-22-16  notyetagm: <WannaBe: Oh, great, we get to see 1/2 of her face. But it is an improvement over 1/4 of her face. =)))>

Twice as much. :-)

Nov-26-16  notyetagm: New pic ->
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  WannaBe: <notyetagm> Ohhhhh, yeah. That's the one. =))
Nov-26-16  The Kings Domain: Attractive and sexy gal. 😊
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  HeMateMe: Is she the sort of in-house pro at the Emirates or Kuwait?
Dec-05-16  Betterthan99: More pictures please JU, we love YOU!!! - Bursley-Bates Housing at U of M adores you forever
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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.
Dec-18-16  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!
Jan-13-17  sonia91: Interview by ChessBase India: <I will go to Iran as a chess player and just play chess!>
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