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Ju Wenjun 
Ju Wenjun
Number of games in database: 521
Years covered: 2004 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2559 (2555 rapid, 2469 blitz)
Overall record: +147 -57 =188 (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 (30) 
    E06 E04 E09
 King's Indian (28) 
    E62 E60 E94 E63 E67
 Reti System (22) 
    A06 A04 A05
 Slav (19) 
    D11 D12 D10 D16 D19
 English (13) 
    A13 A15 A14 A10 A12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (103) 
    B90 B92 B99 B51 B52
 King's Indian (81) 
    E97 E92 E90 E60 E63
 Sicilian Najdorf (58) 
    B90 B92 B99 B97 B93
 English (9) 
    A15 A10
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    A45 A41 A46
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D78 D79 D80
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ju Wenjun vs B Tuvshintugs, 2013 1-0
   N Zhukova vs Ju Wenjun, 2012 1/2-1/2
   Yang Shen vs Ju Wenjun, 2011 0-1
   Ju Wenjun vs M Socko, 2006 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2010)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Nalchik (2011)
   Women's World Team Championship (2013)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   FIDE Women's World Team Championship (2011)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota (2014)
   Chinese Chess Championships (Women) (2012)
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2011)
   Nanjing Women's FIDE Grand Prix (2009)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)

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(born Jan-31-1991, 23 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.

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 rating as of 1 October 2014 is:

<Standard> 2582 (#2 Chinese woman; #3 woman in the world; Chinese #13).

<Rapid> 2555 (world women's #7); and

<Blitz> 2469 (world women's #17).


Live rating:; Wikipedia article: Ju Wenjun

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 521  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 ChampionshipE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
3. Ju Wenjun vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½36 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Ju Wenjun vs Yang Shen  0-142 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. N Dzagnidze vs Ju Wenjun  0-183 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
6. Yifan Hou vs Ju Wenjun  1-040 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
7. Ju Wenjun vs Huang Qian  ½-½56 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
8. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½34 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
9. Gong Qianyun vs Ju Wenjun  0-130 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Ju Wenjun vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½41 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
11. Ju Wenjun vs Li Ruofan  ½-½43 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsE15 Queen's Indian
12. Wang Pin vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½23 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½26 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Ju Wenjun vs Wang Yu  ½-½40 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
15. N Dzagnidze vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½31 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
16. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun  1-021 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Ju Wenjun vs Gu Xiaobing  1-062 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsE91 King's Indian
18. Ju Wenjun vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½23 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
19. Zhao Xue vs Ju Wenjun  1-048 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsE92 King's Indian
20. Ju Wenjun vs M Socko  1-059 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA10 English
21. Ju Wenjun vs Chiburdanidze  0-174 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
22. Kuang Yinghui vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½18 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsA07 King's Indian Attack
23. Ju Wenjun vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½63 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
24. Ju Wenjun vs Ruan Lufei  ½-½27 2006 Chinese ChampionshipsD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
25. Ju Wenjun vs A Stefanova  0-172 2008 Women's World ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Jul-28-12  kwi: You beat me to it first, <twinlark>.

Actually, I don't get how FIDE ignores it. They've listed it themselves: "≥9 games GM *Performance* counts as 13 games." in the Olympiad section. Performance means that she didn't have to have the required number of GM opponents. But anyway, there have been plenty of irregular things before, so I shouldn't be surprised if that Olympiad norm is not acknoweldged.

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FIDE probably realised they'd made a mistake. It wouldn't be the first time.

I'm still trying to figure out how Zhansaya Abdumalik has been put forward for a WGM title when her peak rating is less than 2200. Yet on the title application page they list her highest rating as over 2300, which isn't reflected in her ratings history. and

Go figure.

Aug-21-12  kwi: I suppose the one who entered the information into the application page simply copied the html code from the previous entry (i.e., from Kulkarni Bhakti), but didn't change the highest rating element. This way to edit the application page allows duplicated entries as you can even see on the same page (Gomes, Ines) and, even worse, incorrect summary in general.

On the actual application, it is stated correctly that her highest rating is 2193. Their goal can simply be that they want to get a WGM-elect for her, which is totally ok. This is similar to Natalia Zhukova, who was a GM-elect for several years.

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  twinlark: <kwi>

As far as FIDE is concerned, I have no doubt you're right. What puzzled me was Abdumalik being spruiked as the youngest WGM since Yifan, as if the title will take retrospective effect.

Seems like a communications stuff up with whoever wrote that story, as it seems the same story was recycled and propagated throughout the internet.

Jan-31-13  Kikoman: Happy 22nd Birthday WGM Ju Wenjun! :D
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  whiteshark: Women's world No 15 Ju Wenjun has found herself stuck between the Rock and a hard place after an airline refused to allow her to board a flight to London following a tournament in Gibraltar because she did not hold a transit visa to enter the UK....

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  waustad: She has had a tremendous tournament in Dubai so far, being tied with the leaders with 6 points in 7 rounds: This includes a win over GM Sargissian.
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...
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