Ju Wenjun, 2013
31 January 1991 |
|FIDE rating||2567 (November 2017)
(No. 2 ranked woman in the December 2016 FIDE World Rankings)
|Peak rating||2604 (March 2017)|
|2010 Guangzhou||Women's Team|
Ju Wenjun (Chinese: 居文君; born 31 January 1991 in Shanghai) is a Chinese chess player, who holds the FIDE title of Grandmaster (GM). She is currently the third-highest rated female player in the world, after Hou Yifan and Anna Muzychuk.
In December 2004, Ju Wenjun placed third in the Asian Women's Chess Championship in Beirut. This result qualified her to play in her first Women's World Chess Championship in 2006. She competed in this event also in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017.
In July 2011 she won the Hangzhou Women Grandmaster Chess Tournament undefeated with a score of 6.5/9 points, ahead of reigning women's world champion Hou Yifan. In October 2011 she took the second place at the Nalchik stage of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2011-2012 with 7/11, ranked only after her compatriot Zhao Xue; her performance was enough to acquire her third and final norm required for the Grandmaster title. However, one of the three norms was missing the signature of the arbiter, disqualifying her for consideration for the title.
From June 18 to July 2, 2014 in the 5th stage of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2013–14 held in Lopota, Georgia she finished jointly second with Elina Danielian and a 7/11 score. This marks her fourth GM norm. In the 6th stage of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2013–14 held in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, from August 24 to September 7, 2014 she placed joint first with Hou Yifan with a score of 8.5/11, winning the event thanks to a better tiebreak score.
In November 2014, FIDE awarded her the GM title in the 4th quarter Presidential Board meeting in Sochi, Russia. With six GM norms, including three norms from the Women's Grand Prix (1 from each series), she is now a fully fledged grandmaster, China's 31st grandmaster and the 31st woman to hold the title.
In February 2016, Ju Wenjun won the Tehran leg of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2015–16. By also winning the last tournament of the Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, she finished first in the overall standings and earned the challenger spot in the Women's World Chess Championship 2018.
She will compete as challenger in the Women's World Chess Championship 2018.
Ju Wenjun has played for the Chinese national women's team since 2008. Her team has won the gold medal in the 42nd Chess Olympiad in 2016, Women's World Team Chess Championship in 2009 and 2011, Women's Asian Nations Chess Cup in 2012, 2014 and 2016, and 2010 Asian Games.
In 2013, she won the silver medal with team Shanghai in the Asian Cities Chess Championship in Dubai.
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