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Ding Liren 
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Ding Liren
Number of games in database: 449
Years covered: 2001 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2776 (2686 rapid, 2688 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2782
Overall record: +157 -48 =185 (64.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      59 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (40) 
    D17 D15 D16 D10 D12
 Queen's Gambit Declined (32) 
    D37 D38 D39 D31 D35
 King's Indian (27) 
    E60 E90 E97 E63 E94
 Grunfeld (23) 
    D85 D70 D78 D90 D97
 Queen's Indian (16) 
    E15 E16 E17
 Semi-Slav (11) 
    D45 D44 D43 D46
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (65) 
    E63 E92 E99 E81 E94
 Caro-Kann (36) 
    B17 B12 B18 B10 B13
 French Defense (36) 
    C11 C07 C00 C10 C01
 French (24) 
    C11 C00 C10
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C78 C67 C95 C65 C93
 Sicilian (15) 
    B42 B51 B22 B28 B40
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ding Liren vs Aronian, 2013 1-0
   Ding Liren vs Ni Hua, 2009 1-0
   Kamsky vs Ding Liren, 2011 0-1
   Ding Liren vs E Inarkiev, 2015 1-0
   Yifan Hou vs Ding Liren, 2009 0-1
   Ding Liren vs A Moiseenko, 2013 1-0
   Ding Liren vs Lu Shanglei, 2012 1-0
   Li Shilong vs Ding Liren, 2011 0-1
   Wang Hao vs Ding Liren, 2010 0-1
   Ding Liren vs Wang Hao, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chinese Championship (2009)
   Chinese Championship (2014)
   4th Danzhou Tournament (2013)
   Chinese Championship (2011)
   Chinese Chess Championships (2012)
   Chinese League (2012)
   Chinese Championship (2015)
   Chinese League (2011)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Asian Nations Cup (2014)
   Tata Steel (2015)
   Cappelle-la-Grande (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

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(born Oct-24-1992, 23 years old) China
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Grandmaster (2009). Three-time Chinese Champion (2009, 2011 and 2012).


<Youth and Junior> Ding Liren was runner up on tiebreak to Nan Zhao at the 2004 World U12 Championship in Heraklio. He placed =3rd at the World Junior Championship (2012), half a point behind Richard Rapport and the ultimate winner, Alexander Ipatov.

<National> Ding Liren first competed in the Chinese Championship when he turned 13 in 2005, scoring 3.5/7. He competed again in the 2008 event before winning the Chinese Championship (2009), becoming the youngest player ever to win the Chinese national title, This result also gained him the final GM norm he needed to acquire the GM title. In 2011, he won the national championship a second time when he took out the Chinese Championship (2011) with a round to spare, and by two points clear of the field. He completed a hat trick of championship wins in China when he won the Chinese Chess Championships (2012) outright with 8/11, a full point clear of outright second placed Yu Yangyi. He narrowly missed a fourth championship win in the Chinese Championship (2014) when he placed =1st alongside Yu Yangyi, but came 2nd on tiebreak. A year later, he was outright 2nd behind fellow wunderkind Wei Yi at the Chinese Championship (2015).

<Continental> He gained his first GM norm, a double norm, at the 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009). Soon after winning the 2012 Chinese Championship, he placed =4th (6th on tiebreak) at the Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012).

<World> In 2007, Ding scored 6.5/9 at Chinese Zonal 3.5, failing to qualify for the World Chess Cup (2007) by the narrowest tiebreak. He subsequently qualified for the World Cup (2011) as nominee of the FIDE President, but lost the first round rapid game tiebreaker to Filipino prodigy, GM Wesley So, thereby exiting the competition. He qualified by rating for the World Cup (2015): in the first round he played and defeated Canadian Tomas Krnan in the opening round to advance to the second round where he defeated Ernesto Inarkiev. In the third round he overcame Gadir Guseinov to win through to the Round of Sixteen where he lost to compatriot wunderkind Wei Yi to exit the event.

Standard Tournaments

In August-September 2010, he was =3rd at the Florencio Campomanes Memorial Tournament in the Philippines, half a point behind the joint winners Le Quang Liem and Zhao Jun. In October 2011, he placed =4th with 6.5/9, a half point behind the three joint leaders, Zhou Jianchao, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen and at the 1st Qinhuangdao Open Chess Tournament. There followed =3rd behind Ni Hua and Bu Xiangzhi in the 3rd Hainan Danzhou Super Grand Master Chess Tournament held in June 2012 and =2nd (3rd on tiebreak), half a point behind the winner Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, at the SPICE Cup (2012).

In February 2013, Ding placed =4th with 7.5/10, half a point behind the three co-leaders at the Reykjavik Open (2013). In April 2013, he was invited to the category 20 Alekhine Memorial (2013); his 3.5/9 was near the bottom of the field, but against that it was close to a par for rating performance, and includes a brilliancy against the eventual winner of the event, Levon Aronian. (1) In May 2013, Ding Liren won the 4th Danzhou Tournament (2013), a category 15 event, outright with 7/9. In July-August 2013, he came =2nd (3rd on tiebreak) at the category 19 Biel (2013) tournament. He placed =3rd at the Cappelle-la-Grande (2014), equal first at the 5th Danzhou Tournament (2014) and 5th at the Petrosian Memorial (2014).

Ding Liren's best result to date came at the Tata Steel (2015) in January 2015, when he scored 8.5/13 to place =2nd alongside Anish Giri, Wesley So and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, half a point behind the winner Magnus Carlsen. This result pushed him into the world's top 20 and became the second best player in Asia, second only to Anand. A few months later in July 2015, he played in the category 17 6th Hainan Danzhou (2015), placing outright 3rd with 5.5/9 (+3 -1 =5), an absolutely rating-neutral result, behind the winner Wang Yue and runner-up Ni Hua. He was equal third at the quadrangular round robin event, Bilbao Masters (2015), staged in October 2015, drawing all his games with a performance rating slightly below actual rating. He reprised his result at Wijk aan Zee when he again placed equal second at the Tata Steel (2016) behind Carlsen and alongside Fabiano Caruana. During this event, he momentarily overtook Anand as the top Asian player in the live ratings.

Team Events

<Olympiads> Ding played board 3 for China at the Chess Olympiad (2012) held in Istanbul in September 2012, narrowly missing both team and individual medals when he scored 7.5/10 with a TPR of 2764. He played board 2 for China at the Chess Olympiad (2014), winning individual bronze and team gold.

<World Team Championships> Ding played for China at the World Chess Team Championship (2011) as a reserve, helping his team to win silver. Playing board 2 for China in the FIDE World Team Championship (2013), he won team silver and individual bronze and won the team gold and individual silver (on board 2) at the FIDE World Team Championship (2015).

<Regional Team Championships> Winning the the 2012 Asian Team Championship Chinese Team Selection Tournament qualified Ding to play in the 17th Asian Team Championships held in Zaozhuang, China in May 2012. There he won team gold and individual silver playing board 4 for China. At the 18th Asian Team Championships held in 2014, he won team and individual gold (for board 1).

<Summit Friendlies> He played on the Chinese team that lost to Russia in the Russia - China (2009) summit event. A few years later Ding was a member of the Chinese team at the Russia - China (2012) summit, which was won by China in the classical section, although Russia won the overall event. In April 2015 he helped China defeat India in their summit match in Hyderabad. Ding was also a member of the Chinese team in the novel China-Russia Challenge Match (2015) event, which involves one member of each team playing one game at a time, with the winner of the game remaining to play opponents from the next team until he loses, at which time the new winner "defends the stage" against the next opponent(s) from the other team. In his match up against Sergey Karjakin, Ding drew the classical game and traded wins in the two blitz tiebreakers before bowing out in the Armageddon blitz game that Karjakin drew as Black. The second half of the event will be completed at the end of 2015.

<National Leagues> Ding Lirenís first FIDE rated game was at the 2004 Chinese Team Championship, when he scored 1/4. He has played for the Zhejiang team in the Chinese League since at least 2008 inclusive. During this time, his team took the bronze in 2010 and he has played 134 games with a 67.9% result ( +65 =72 -17) overall. He won team bronze in 2010.

Ding Liren played for the T.S. Alyans team in the Turkish Superleague in 2014, his team placing 5th.


Ding Liren won the Ding Liren - Gelfand (2015) match held in July 2015 by 3-1 (+2 =2). He was eliminated in the first round of the China Chess Kings (2015) by Lu Shanglei.

Ratings and Rankings

Ding Liren's initial rating was 2230 in January 2004. He rapidly rose in the ratings, crossing 2600 in November 2010 and 2700 in October 2012. He did not fall under these benchmarks at any time since. He was one of the world's top juniors ranking in the top 20 from January 2011 exiting in January 2013 when he was too old to be qualified as a Junior. His highest ranking was world's #3 Junior throughout the 2012 calendar year. He also entered the world top 100 in May 2011 and has remained in that elite group on continuous basis since then.

His highest rating and ranking to date occurred in September 2015 when his rating climbed to 2782, and his world ranking to #7.


Wikipedia article: Ding Liren; Live ratings:;

(1) Ding Liren vs Aronian, 2013

Latest update 1 February 2016

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 449  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Ding Liren vs Wu Wenjin  0-155 2001 TCh-CHN MenC67 Ruy Lopez
2. Ding Liren vs Yang Xu  ½-½61 2001 TCh-CHN MenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
3. Ding Liren vs Qiu Tong 1-0108 2001 TCh-CHN MenB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
4. Tang Zijian vs Ding Liren  1-035 2001 TCh-CHN MenD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
5. Ding Liren vs Huang Yicheng 1-035 2001 TCh-CHN MenC42 Petrov Defense
6. Ding Liren vs Zhang Jianhua 1-059 2001 TCh-CHN MenC41 Philidor Defense
7. Liu Renhui vs Ding Liren  ½-½74 2001 TCh-CHN MenC01 French, Exchange
8. Wang Chaoran vs Ding Liren  1-043 2001 TCh-CHN MenE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
9. Wen Yang vs Ding Liren  1-058 2001 TCh-CHN MenC00 French Defense
10. Ding Liren vs W So 1-023 2004 Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
11. Ni Hua vs Ding Liren  ½-½29 2008 TCh-CHN AC10 French
12. Ding Liren vs Tomashevsky  ½-½37 2009 Russia - ChinaE17 Queen's Indian
13. Ding Liren vs Tomashevsky  0-181 2009 Russia vs China (Rapid)E17 Queen's Indian
14. Sasikiran vs Ding Liren  1-043 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
15. Ding Liren vs V Malakhov  1-028 2009 Russia vs China (Blitz)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Yifan Hou vs Ding Liren 0-166 2009 Chinese ChampionshipC11 French
17. Tomashevsky vs Ding Liren  ½-½35 2009 Russia vs China (Rapid)E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
18. Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs Ding Liren  ½-½65 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
19. Ding Liren vs V Malakhov  1-053 2009 Russia vs China (Rapid)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. Ji Dan vs Ding Liren  ½-½30 2009 Chinese ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
21. Ding Liren vs A Timofeev  0-132 2009 Russia vs China (Blitz)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Zhou Jianchao vs Ding Liren 0-10 2009 Chinese ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
23. V Malakhov vs Ding Liren  ½-½33 2009 Russia vs China (Rapid)A10 English
24. Le Quang Liem vs Ding Liren  ½-½20 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
25. A Timofeev vs Ding Liren  0-165 2009 Russia vs China (Blitz)C10 French
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  parisattack: Bilbao is an opportunity for Ding to break into the big-time. Not that World #8 isn't impressive.
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  cro777: Ding Liren's last tournament was the Chessmaster 2015 mixed doubles tournament which was held in Shanghai, China. All top Chinese players, including the Three Musketeers (Ding Liren, Wei Yi, Yu Yangyi), participated.

Each team consisted of two players, one male and one female, making alternate moves with no consultation. Ding Liren's partner was WGM Wang Pin. She competed for the China national chess team four times at the Women's Chess Olympiads (1992, 1996, 1998, 2002).

Oct-24-15  epistle: I wish you a victory on your first round at Bilbao, whoever your opponent is
Oct-24-15  AzingaBonzer: I'm sure you in particular will be extra happy if Ding wins, <epistle>... after all, his first-round opponent is Wesley Barbasa So.
Oct-25-15  epistle: it's party time for sure!
Oct-26-15  Pulo y Gata: The most notable fact in WBS - Ding Liren competition is that as far as chessgems is concerned, WBS hasn't won a game, despite evidence to the contrary.

Maybe So fans will rebel against chessgems for this sacrilege.

Oct-26-15  epistle: For Ding Liren who values friendship, it will be a great service to humanity to beat Wesley BS.
Oct-26-15  epistle: <Wesley is tenacious and also a ferocious competitor. >

Tell that to Nakamura. He'll most likely say that Wesley BS is a tenacious, ferocious, unprepared loser.

Oct-26-15  AzingaBonzer: Ouch. It seems Ding Liren got caught in some home preparation by Wesley So.

But quite honestly, I think Ding's rating is too high right now. He's good, but he's clearly not top 10 level (yet). I feel like his true strength is closer to the rating he had during the middle of the year: ~2750.

Oct-27-15  epistle: Give me a free Knight like what Ding did in Wesley BS's favour and I can also sac my Queen for two more pieces.

But of course those who do not understand chess very well would consider this an immortal.

This site is infested with patzers.

Oct-27-15  Jim Bartle: <But of course those who do not understand chess very well would consider this an immortal.>

I may not understand chess but I know sour grapes when I see them.

Oct-27-15  epistle: Then why are you here and not in the fruit market?
Oct-27-15  Jim Bartle: You offer the richest sour grapes anywhere.
Oct-27-15  epistle: Is that why your tongue is hanging out while stalking me?
Oct-27-15  Jim Bartle: How am I stalking you? I see an absurd comment and I respond.
Oct-27-15  epistle: I do not make comments. I make pronouncements and edicts in the name of truth.
Oct-30-15  epistle: <tambay: Its payback time. >

Yeah, I hope so.

Jan-03-16  Hawkman: < Ding Liren, Li Chao, Yu Yangyi, Bu Xiangzhi, Wang Yue, Wang Hao, Wei Yi , Ni Hua >

At the end of 2016, who will be the #1 Chinese player?

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  cro777: Tata Steel 2016 has started.

Ding Liren, Fabiano Caruana, and Wesley So won their encounters in the frst round.

Jan-16-16  scholes: As per chessbase article, Ding Liren had average performance rating of 2796 in 2015. 3rd best among players analysed. He and Wei Yi should get more top tournament invites.
Jan-19-16  Pulo y Gata: No kidding this time. Don't spot him a piece, the kid can play a bit. Go, Ding!
Jan-19-16  epistle: Borrow the heartache jacket for this game.

Jan-30-16  AzingaBonzer: Ding Liren is in third place at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament with 7.5/12. He plays Carlsen tomorrow.
Feb-01-16  Pulo y Gata: Congratulations for the excellent performance in Tata! I hope more invites come your way - you deserve it!
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  cro777: It is the fifth time that Carlsen has won the Tata Steel Chess Tournament and the second time in a row that Ding Liren tied for a second. (After the Tata Steel 2015 Ding Liren and Carlsen trained together in Doha, Qatar).

Ding played impressively and maturely.

In the last round Carlsen pressed in the theoretically drawn Rook and Bishop vs Rook endgame, but Ding's textbook technique held the draw convincingly.

Carlsen vs Ding Liren, 2016 (kibitz #123)

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