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Ju Wenjun

28-year-old Ju Wenjun is scheduled to defend her title against Russia’s 20-year-old Aleksandra in the upcoming 2020 Women’s World Chess Championship match scheduled for January 2020!

The World Chess Championship match will take place, 6 games in China and 6 games in Russia.

The prize fund for the upcoming 2020 Women’s World Chess Championship match is 500,000 Euro!

The Next Challenger!

Aleksandra Goryachkina in color blue bandana and coat hand to face at chess board.

Russia’s Aleksandra Goryachkina, the youngest of the Candidates, was born in Orsk, Russia on September 28, 1998, and is now 21 years old.

Ju Wenjun – 2018 Women’s World Chess Champion!

China’s Ju Wenjun is the reigning Women’s World Chess Champion, defeating former champion Tan Zhongyi with a draw in the 10th and final game of the championship in Chongqing, China to win the title with a final score of 5.5 points – 4.5 points!

The Defeated Champion. For her part, Tan Zhongyi, the 2017 Women’s World Chess Champion did not go quietly–she executed this brilliant 3-move checkmate in Round 4!

Grandmaster Tan Zhongyi, who was born May 29, 1991 in Chongqing, China, had won the 2017 Women’s World Chess Championship in Tehran, Iran by defeating Ukrainian Grandmaster Anna Muzychuk.

Tan Zhongyi (2522) vs Ju Wenjun (2571)

2018 Women World Chess Championship

Chongqing/Shanghai, China

Round 4

Tan vs Ju Round 5 WWCC

Move 34 – White to move and checkmate in 3-moves!

After Ju Wenjun plays 33. …Qb4 threatening Qe1+, Tan Zhongyi, playing the White pieces, finds a brilliant 3-move checkmate! Do you see it?

See below for Answer!

Tan ZhongyiThe Defeated Former Champion Tan Zhongyi!


34. Qxg7+         Kxg7

35. Rxg5+!        Kh8

36. Rh6# 

Ju Wenjun

Ju Wenjun comptemplates move.

 Ju Wenjun – 2018 World Chess Champion!

Ju Wenjun is the 2018 Women’s World Chess Championship after defeating reigning champion Tan Zhongyi.

Ju Wenjun was born in Shanghai, China on January 31, 1991. In November 2014, Ju Wenjun earned the Grandmaster title. She is China’s 31st Grandmaster and the 31st woman to hold the title.

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