December 1, 2016

The final press-conference with the winner of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix series 2015/16 Ju Wenjun, China.

Ju Wenjun  (CHN)

Ju Wenjun (CHN)

– Ju, what are your overall impressions about your performance on this tournament?

– This event is a very strong tournament and I guess I was under a lot of pressure not only because of this tournament but also because the final winner of Grand Prix series was defined here. First five games I felt very stressful and I think I played a little bit conservative. After the game lost to Kosteniuk I suddenly relaxed and played more for pleasure and felt less pressure. I decided that my chances of winning the Grand Prix series were now so tiny so I stopped thinking about it and just played chess. Maybe that’s what made the future games easier for me.

– Did you manage to see the city?

– I think this is my third time in Khanty-Mansiysk. All these times I was quite lucky here so I like this place. I remember I was here in 2010, 2012 and now in 2016. And each time I was very satisfied with my performance here. So maybe when I came here this time I just implied myself that I might play good here.


– Are you going to play in Iran for Women’s World Championship?

– Yes, I think I’ll play.

– What country you want to be the host of the World Championship Match?

– First we need to find a sponsor. Actually, I am not sure; I think every country is fine for me. But if possible I would prefer it to be held in China as I am more familiar with my home country.


– Do you study or you are chess professional?

– I studied until 2015 and now I am a full-time professional chess player. So I don’t have some other career except from chess at the moment.

– How are you going to spend your prize money?

– I will find some restaurant to meet there with my friends and just enjoy the food. This will not cost me all prize money but still I am going to spend some part of it on this party.