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Ju Wenjun 
Ju Wenjun in Women's Grand Prix, Tehran, 2016.
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Ju Wenjun
Number of games in database: 700
Years covered: 2004 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2568 (2544 rapid, 2553 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2582
Overall record: +211 -79 =244 (62.4%)*
   * 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 (36) 
    E00 A40 A41 A45 E10
 Catalan (36) 
    E06 E04 E01 E09
 King's Indian (32) 
    E60 E62 E94 E63 E67
 Slav (27) 
    D11 D10 D17 D12 D16
 English (24) 
    A10 A15 A13 A14 A11
 Reti System (24) 
    A06 A04 A05
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (126) 
    B90 B92 B53 B52 B99
 King's Indian (88) 
    E97 E92 E60 E90 E63
 Sicilian Najdorf (62) 
    B90 B92 B99 B97 B96
 English (13) 
    A15 A10 A18
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    A45 A41 A46 E10 E00
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E39 E53 E32 E48 E21
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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
   Ju Wenjun vs T Batchimeg, 2013 1-0
   Ju Wenjun vs L Javakhishvili, 2011 1-0
   A Muzychuk vs Ju Wenjun, 2010 0-1
   N Zhukova vs Ju Wenjun, 2012 1/2-1/2
   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)
   Chinese Team Championship (2016)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   Women's World Team Championship (2013)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   Chinese Chess Championships (Women) (2012)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota (2014)
   New Zealand Open (2016)
   Nanjing Women's FIDE Grand Prix (2009)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2016)

   S Khademalsharieh vs Ju Wenjun (Sep-24-16) 0-1
   Ju Wenjun vs Yunshan Li (Sep-23-16) 1-0
   V Gunina vs Ju Wenjun (Sep-13-16) 0-1
   Ju Wenjun vs J Zawadzka (Sep-12-16) 0-1
   Ju Wenjun vs N Paikidze (Sep-11-16) 1-0

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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 28; games 1-25 of 700  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. Ju Wenjun vs Chiburdanidze  0-174 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
10. Ju Wenjun vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½36 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½34 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
12. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½26 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Chiburdanidze vs Ju Wenjun 1-021 2006 FIDE Women's World ChampionshipA46 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
 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 700  PGN Download
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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?

Nov-17-14  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.
Jan-31-15  waustad: She took a bye on her birthday. I hope it was a pleasant day.
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  Benzol: She's playing Nigel Short today in the 4th Round of the New Zealand Open Ch. I don't think they've ever met across the board before.
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  Benzol: Just got home from work to see the result. The game hasn't appeared in her file here yet but by beating Short she has assumed the lead with 4 out of 4 in the 2016 NZ Open Ch. Good on her.


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  Benzol: For those who can't wait here's the gamescore :

[Event "NZ Open 2016"]
[Site "Devonport, NZL"]
[Date "2016.01.05"]
[Round "4.1"]
[White "Ju, Wenjun"]
[Black "Short, Nigel D"]
[Result "1-0"]
[LiveChessVersion "1.4.7"]
[BlackElo "2684"]
[WhiteElo "2548"]
[ECO "A40"]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 b6 3. e4 Bb7 4. Bd3 Bb4+ 5. Kf1 c5 6. a3 Ba5 7. Nf3 Ne7 8. Bf4 Na6 9. d5 O-O 10. Bd6 Re8 11. h4 Nc8 12. Bg3 exd5 13. exd5 Qf6 14. Qc2 h6 15. Nbd2 Nd6 16. h5 Bxd2 17. Nxd2 b5 18. cxb5 Nc7 19. Qc3 Qg5 20. Bxd6 Qxd5 21. Ne4 Nxb5 22. Qc4 Qxc4 23. Bxc4 Nxa3 24. Bxf7+ Kxf7 25. Nxc5 Bxg2+ 26. Kxg2 Nc4 27. Bg3 Nxb2 28. Nxd7 a5 29. Ne5+ Kg8 30. Rhb1 1-0

Jan-06-16  nescio: Poor Ju.
The day after that nice win against Short she succumbed to a simple back-rank trick by Jones. Hopefully she won't have become a laughing stock like once happened to Uhlmann.

[Event "NZ Open 2016"]
[Site "Devonport, NZL"]
[Date "2016.01.06"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "Jones, Gawain C B"]
[Black "Ju, Wenjun"]
[Result "1-0"]
[LiveChessVersion "1.4.7"]
[BlackElo "2548"]
[WhiteElo "2625"]
[ECO "A30"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 c5 3. Nf3 e6 4. g3 b6 5. Bg2 Bb7 6. O-O Be7 7. Re1 d5 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Nxd5 Bxd5 10. d4 cxd4 11. Qa4+ Bc6 12. Qxd4 O-O 13. Be3 Bf6 14. Qb4 Na6 15. Qa3 Nc5 16. Rac1 a5 17. Bxc5 bxc5 18. Qxc5 Bxf3 19. Bxf3

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19...Bxb2 20. Red1 Qc8 21. Bxa8 Bxc1 22. Qxc8 Rxc8 23. Bb7 1-0

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  Richard Taylor: Gawain Jones beat here yesterday I think. Short one his game and Steadman came close to beating GM Feir and yesterday I forget his opponent but he essayed an Alekhines and took it to his opponent. So big Mike is doing well. Wastney also.

I lost two and have had three draws. The draws have interesting combinations in and one of my draws has a swindle that forced a perpetual. It is quite a nice tactic. I had a good game in Rd 1 versus Hans Gao but blew it...

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  Richard Taylor: I think Jones was better most of that game though. But she is clearly a good player for sure and kind of contradicts Short's "theories" on women being hard wired for making babies and scones etc
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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.

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  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!!
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