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Ju Wenjun

Ju Wenjun, 2013
Country China
Born January 31, 1991
Shanghai, China
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2582 (October 2014)

Ju Wenjun (Chinese: 居文君; 31 born January 1991 in Shanghai) is a Chinese chess player, who holds the FIDE title of Grandmaster (GM).

She plays for Shanghai chess club in the China Chess League (CCL).


In December 2004, Ju came joint second in the Asian Women's Chess Championship in Beirut. In October 2007, she came joint fourth in the 2007 FIDE Women's Zonal 3.5 Tournament in Tianjin.

In the Women's World Chess Championship 2008 she was knocked out in the second round by Antoaneta Stefanova 1.0-3.0. Two years later, in the Women's World Chess Championship 2010 she reached the quarter-finals.

In June 2010 she won the Women's Chinese Chess Championship with a score of 8/11 points.

In July 2011 she won the Hangzhou Women Grandmaster Chess Tournament ahead of reigning Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan undefeated with 6.5/9.

In October 2011 she took the second place at the Nalchik leg of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2011-2012 with 7/11, ranked only after her compatriot Zhao Xue, her performance enough to acquire her third and final Grandmaster norm. However, one of the third GM norms was missing the signature of the arbiter, disqualifying her for consideration for the Grandmaster title.

During June 18 to July 2, 2014 in the 5th stage of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2013-14 held in Lopota, Georgia she placed join second with Elina Danielian and a 7/11 score (+5 -2 =4, TPR 2622). This marks her fourth and final 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, she placed joint first with Hou Yifan with a 8.5/11 score (+6 =5, TPR 2695). At the conclusion of this tournament her live rating also eclipsed 2580, making her the second highest rated Chinese women player ever, beating Zhao Xue's mark of 2579 achieved in September 2013.

She was the No. 2 ranked girl chess player (under-21) in the world on the November 2011 Top 20 Girls FIDE rating list. She had been on the FIDE Top 20 Girls list from January 2007 to November 2011.

In the 4th Quarter of 2014 Presidential Board meeting in Sochi, Russia, her GM title was approved. With five successful 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 2014 she became Chinese women's champion for the second time since 2010. In the same year she tied for first with Lei Tingjie in the 4th China Women Masters Tournament in Wuxi.

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