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Wenjun Ju
W Ju 
Ju Wenjun in Women's Grand Prix, Tehran, 2016.
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Number of games in database: 1,244
Years covered: 2004 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2560 (2610 rapid, 2536 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2604
Overall record: +302 -111 =374 (62.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 457 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (79) 
    E00 D02 A40 A41 A50
 Catalan (66) 
    E06 E04 E01 E07 E09
 King's Indian (62) 
    E62 E60 E67 E94 E63
 Queen's Gambit Declined (49) 
    D30 D37 D35 D31 D38
 Slav (44) 
    D11 D10 D12 D17 D16
 Reti System (34) 
    A06 A04 A05
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (141) 
    B90 B92 B53 B22 B52
 King's Indian (91) 
    E97 E60 E92 E90 E63
 Sicilian Najdorf (63) 
    B90 B92 B99 B97 B96
 Queen's Pawn Game (52) 
    D02 A45 E10 A46 A41
 Queen's Gambit Declined (37) 
    D38 D35 D37 D30 D39
 Petrov (30) 
    C42 C43
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Ju vs N L Lane, 2017 1-0
   B Savchenko vs W Ju, 2012 0-1
   W Ju vs Goryachkina, 2020 1-0
   F Sun vs W Ju, 2017 0-1
   Y Hou vs W Ju, 2017 0-1
   W Ju vs R Chu, 2016 1-0
   W Ju vs U Fataliyeva, 2023 1-0
   W Ju vs Z Tan, 2018 1-0
   A Ushenina vs W Ju, 2013 0-1
   W Ju vs L Javakhishvili, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2010)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014)
   Chinese Chess League (2016)
   Women's World Team Championship (2013)
   Chinese Team Championship (2015)
   New Zealand Open (2016)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   Chinese Chess League (2017)
   Nanjing Women's FIDE Grand Prix (2009)
   Gibraltar Masters (2017)
   The Chinese League (2023)
   Baku Olympiad (Women) (2016)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Catalan, Open 5. Nf3 by ericlbrown
   King's Indian 9. Ne1 by ericlbrown

   🏆 Tata Steel India Blitz (Women)
   W Ju vs D Deshmukh (Sep-04-23) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   P Shuvalova vs W Ju (Sep-04-23) 0-1, blitz
   A Ushenina vs W Ju (Sep-04-23) 0-1, blitz
   I Krush vs W Ju (Sep-04-23) 1-0, blitz
   W Ju vs Koneru (Sep-04-23) 0-1, blitz

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(born Jan-31-1991, 32 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 50; games 1-25 of 1,244  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Ju vs Y Hou ½-½612004Asian-ch (Women)A37 English, Symmetrical
2. M Socko vs W Ju  ½-½512006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
3. W Ju vs M Socko 1-0592006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA10 English
4. N Dzagnidze vs W Ju  ½-½312006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA48 King's Indian
5. N Dzagnidze vs W Ju 0-1832006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE90 King's Indian
6. W Ju vs N Dzagnidze ½-½632006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE17 Queen's Indian
7. W Ju vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½412006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA33 English, Symmetrical
8. W Ju vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½232006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE15 Queen's Indian
9. W Ju vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½362006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Chiburdanidze vs W Ju  ½-½262006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA45 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Chiburdanidze vs W Ju 1-0212006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. W Ju vs Chiburdanidze  0-1742006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE15 Queen's Indian
13. Chiburdanidze vs W Ju  ½-½342006Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
14. W Lin vs W Ju  1-0562006All China Games 3rdD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
15. W Ju vs R Li  ½-½432006Chinese ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
16. Y Hou vs W Ju 1-0402006Chinese ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
17. W Ju vs L Ruan  ½-½272006Chinese ChampionshipD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
18. X Zhao vs W Ju  1-0482006Chinese ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
19. W Ju vs Y Wang  ½-½402006Chinese ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
20. Q Gong vs W Ju  0-1302006Chinese ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. W Ju vs Shen Yang  0-1422006Chinese ChampionshipD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. Kuang Yinghui vs W Ju  ½-½182006Chinese ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
23. W Ju vs X Gu 1-0622006Chinese ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
24. P Wang vs W Ju  ½-½232006Chinese ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
25. W Ju vs Q Huang  ½-½562006Chinese ChampionshipA15 English
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Nov-30-18  posoo: NIMJORCAL

very keen stuff

I am not IMITATING any dialect for dis is all I can do. But I do LIKE John Kennedy Toole.

Thank you for da EMANENTLY sensible post and BLESSINGS

Dec-29-18  sonia91: Congratulations on retaining the women's world rapid title! She also gained lots of rating points at the King Salman Rapid World Championship (Women) (2018) to become the new women's world #1 in rapid chess.
Feb-15-19  Diana Fernanda: Ju Wenjun Is one women beutifull chinese Is too one strongh chess player. We loveme girl the Worlds
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  ketchuplover: 6th place on the 2018 chess earnings list. not too shabby :)
Aug-06-19  csmath: Excellent result in Hunan Belt and Road 2019.

By the way this picture of Ju Wenjun is a bit ridiculous, she was playing in Iran and had to wear that scarf but she is not a Muslim so she does not wear that ordinarily.

She is modern urban woman, speaks English, and can be asked to provide a lot more complimentary pic and these can also be found on Internet.

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  HeMateMe: I was always curious about the picture. I had thought she might be from western China, where there are some pockets of muslims.
Aug-06-19  csmath: Nope, she is well-educated urban girl originally from Shanghai. She speaks English fluently which is not often with Chinese people.
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  alexmagnus: <She speaks English fluently which is not often with Chinese people.>

The young generation in China speaks English actually quite well.

Sep-18-19  Diana Fernanda: She Is beutifull And very strong player chess Worlds. I,m love you ju wenjun.
Sep-30-19  posoo: Dianda Fernunda i do not car if u call urself DIANA, ur still contributing to da oversnuvulating, get ur tung out of da guters.
Sep-30-19  SChesshevsky: <I was always curious about the picture...> Picture says it's from Grand Prix in Iran where wearing a hajib for women players was necessary I believe.
Sep-30-19  SChesshevsky: Sorry. I mean't hijab.
Oct-22-19  UncleTarrasch2: Good luck Ju Wenjun, in the coming World Championship match. Goryachkina is a worthy challenger whom I think, will test you more intensely than Tan Zhongyi
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  ketchuplover: 97 move draw to kickoff the WC
Jan-05-20  JimNorCal: The WC is underway? Thanks!
Jan-06-20  waustad: They’ve drawn 2 games already.
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  Octavia: "By the way this picture of Ju Wenjun is a bit ridiculous, she was playing in Iran and had to wear that scarf but she is not a Muslim so she does not wear that ordinarily" I agree & as chessgames changes this, why not let us see the women's worldchampionship?
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  Octavia: thx chessgames for posting a link! Now we just need a new pic

3 draws & a win for the champion so far

Jan-24-20  JimNorCal: Congrats GM Ju on defense of the World Championship. So much excitement!
Jan-24-20  mckmac: Congratulations to GM Ju Wenjun on the defense of her title. A hard fought match.

Jan-24-20  markz: Congratulations
Jan-24-20  csmath: Wenjun wins this one on experience. Goryachkina was a handful, possibly even a better player but experience takes this one down.
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  Check It Out: Ju Wenjun is the World Champ!
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  Octavia: Congratulations!!! And I hope you travel safely to be with your family for the new year celebrations
May-18-22  Albertan: Munich will host a leg of the Women’s Grand Prix 2022-2023:

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