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|Nov-14-14|| ||sonia91: FIDE finally approved the GM title.
|Nov-17-14|| ||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.|
|Nov-18-14|| ||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.|
|Dec-12-14|| ||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.|
|Jan-04-16|| ||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.|
|Jan-05-16|| ||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.|
|Jan-05-16|| ||Benzol: For those who can't wait here's the gamescore :
[Event "NZ Open 2016"]
[Site "Devonport, NZL"]
[White "Ju, Wenjun"]
[Black "Short, Nigel D"]
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"]
[White "Jones, Gawain C B"]
[Black "Ju, Wenjun"]
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
|Jan-06-16|| ||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...
|Jan-06-16|| ||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|
|Jan-06-16|| ||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.
|Jan-07-16|| ||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.
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!
|Jan-07-16|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Your opponent tomorrow Shenyue Li has already beaten Bob Smith earlier in the tournament.|
|Jan-08-16|| ||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.
|Jan-08-16|| ||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.
|Jan-08-16|| ||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.
|Jan-31-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Ju Wenjun!!|
|Jan-31-16|| ||waustad: She's white against Anne Haast for her birthday.|
|May-23-16|| ||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.
|May-24-16|| ||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:
|Sep-10-16|| ||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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