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Ding Liren
Ding Liren 
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Number of games in database: 605
Years covered: 2001 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2783 (2712 rapid, 2875 blitz)

Overall record: +195 -54 =251 (64.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 105 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (43) 
    D17 D15 D16 D10 D12
 Queen's Gambit Declined (40) 
    D37 D38 D39 D35 D31
 King's Indian (32) 
    E60 E90 E63 E94 E97
 Grunfeld (26) 
    D85 D70 D78 D90 D97
 Queen's Indian (23) 
    E15 E16 E17
 English (16) 
    A13 A15 A14 A11 A16
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (67) 
    E63 E94 E92 E60 E99
 Caro-Kann (36) 
    B17 B12 B18 B11 B10
 French Defense (36) 
    C11 C07 C10 C00 C02
 Ruy Lopez (34) 
    C78 C80 C67 C95 C77
 French (24) 
    C11 C00 C10
 Sicilian (18) 
    B42 B51 B22 B40 B20
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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 Lu Shanglei, 2012 1-0
   Ding Liren vs Yu Yangyi, 2017 1-0
   Ding Liren vs A Moiseenko, 2013 1-0
   Li Shilong vs Ding Liren, 2011 0-1
   Wang Hao vs Ding Liren, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chinese Championship (2009)
   Chinese Championship (2011)
   4th Danzhou Tournament (2013)
   Chinese Chess Championships (2012)
   Chinese Championship (2015)
   Chinese League (2011)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Asian Nations Cup (2014)
   Tata Steel (2015)
   Cappelle-la-Grande (2014)
   Chinese Team Championship (2016)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

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   Ding Liren vs Naiditsch (Jul-18-17) 1/2-1/2
   V Malakhov vs Ding Liren (Jul-17-17) 0-1
   Ding Liren vs Yu Yangyi (Jul-16-17) 1/2-1/2
   Ivanchuk vs Ding Liren (Jul-15-17) 1-0
   Ponomariov vs Ding Liren (Jul-13-17) 0-1

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(born Oct-24-1992, 24 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 was completed at the end of 2015, and won by Russia.

<National Leagues> Ding Liren’s 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

Last updated: 2016-08-05 22:11:52

 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 605  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ding Liren vs Wu Wenjin  0-1552001TCh-CHN MenC67 Ruy Lopez
2. Wang Chaoran vs Ding Liren  1-0432001TCh-CHN MenE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
3. Ding Liren vs Zhang Jianhua 1-0592001TCh-CHN MenC41 Philidor Defense
4. Tang Zijian vs Ding Liren  1-0352001TCh-CHN MenD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
5. Ding Liren vs Yang Xu  ½-½612001TCh-CHN MenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. Wen Yang vs Ding Liren  1-0582001TCh-CHN MenC00 French Defense
7. Liu Renhui vs Ding Liren  ½-½742001TCh-CHN MenC01 French, Exchange
8. Ding Liren vs Huang Yicheng 1-0352001TCh-CHN MenC42 Petrov Defense
9. Ding Liren vs T Qiu 1-01082001TCh-CHN MenB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
10. Ding Liren vs W So 1-0232004Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
11. Ni Hua vs Ding Liren  ½-½292008TCh-CHN AC10 French
12. Zhou Jianchao vs Ding Liren  ½-½6620098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
13. Ding Liren vs Negi  ½-½3020098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
14. Ding Liren vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½7320098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
15. Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs Ding Liren  ½-½6520098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
16. Ding Liren vs H Abdullah  1-03420098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
17. D Khamrakulov vs Ding Liren  0-16120098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipC00 French Defense
18. Ding Liren vs E Hossain 1-04320098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Le Quang Liem vs Ding Liren  ½-½2020098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
20. Sasikiran vs Ding Liren  1-04320098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
21. Ding Liren vs A Filippov  ½-½6620098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
22. Ding Liren vs A Gupta 0-15020098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
23. Ding Liren vs Bu Xiangzhi ½-½372009Chinese ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Ji Dan vs Ding Liren  ½-½302009Chinese ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
25. Ding Liren vs Li Shilong 1-0392009Chinese ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
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Oct-24-16  sakredkow: Happy birthday to Ding Liren.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Ding Liren!
Dec-17-16  Imran Iskandar: Strange that Ding won't be playing in Tata Steel 2017, even though he was joint second in the last two editions.
Feb-06-17  AzingaBonzer: Good luck to Ding in the FIDE Grand Prix 2017.
Apr-02-17  fisayo123: Congratulations on winning the Shenzen Masters ahead of a very strong field of elite players.

If given the chances he deserves, this guy is a big threat to Magnus Carlsen and future Candidate for the World Championship. It's obvious from watching him play. Hopefully, he can cement his place in the top 10 by consolidating his rating and preferably avoiding the Chinese Chess league.

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  cro777: Ding Liren convincingly won the Shenzhen Masters (March 23 – April 2, Shenzhen, China) finishing a full point ahead of Giri and Svidler. His best results we may expect after graduation (this summer) at the Peking University Law School.

The final event in Shenzen was a simultaneous exhibition – all six grandmasters who participated in the tournament (a double round robin) played against school children. Ding Liren was the main attraction.

Apr-17-17  ex0duz: Seems like he's back in the top 10.. Shenzhen Masteres was a good event for him, might be the confident boost for 2017 that he needed, after that 'mini slump'. If that's the extent of Ding's "slumps", then yeah. Seems like he bounces back quickly, he's only like 10 elo from his highest ever, so looks like he's back on track now.

Again, i advise him to stop playing in chinese chess leagues vs 2500 or 2600 chinese players who are most likely underrated and who also know his style and study his games since he is the number 1 player of China.

If you're gonna play vs lower rated, go play opens like Gibraltar or Qatar etc.. least you can still gain ELO from playing vs 2750 players.

Apr-17-17  fisayo123: I suspect playing in that league might be mandatory for Chinese players.
Apr-18-17  Imran Iskandar: Yes, it seems like it is. He already started out with a draw, losing 3.1 rating points. Let's hope he doesn't lose too many.
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  cro777: FIDE Grand Prix Mowscow (2017) takes place in the Telegraph Building in central Moscow. The 18 players nine round Swiss contest, is the second of four Grand Prix in 2017.

After 3 rounds Ding Liren leads with 2.5 points.

(In the second round Ding Liren defeated Ernesto Inarkiev

May-21-17  AzingaBonzer: Ding Liren wins the Moscow FIDE Grand Prix outright with 6.0/9. A fantastic result for this upcoming star.
May-21-17  12Knaves: Fantastic tournament win by Ding Liren, defeating GM Boris Gelfand in the final round to clearly overtake Mamed. Go Ding!!!!
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  siamesedream: Congrats to Ding Liren for winning Moscow FIDE Grand Prix 2017!
May-21-17  fisayo123: Really impressive showing from Ding Liren. Never in trouble. Could have finished on +5 if he maximized his chances.
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  technical draw: Definitely world champion material. Ding Liren vs. Magnus Carlsen, place your bets!
May-22-17  Pulo y Gata: Hey, not so fast--
search "so vs. liren"

He is still slightly better in exhibition games

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  technical draw: <Pulo y Gata> Of course So is the best challenger today, Diren is a future contender.
May-22-17  Pulo y Gata: So, then, will lose since it's gonna be Ding vs. Magnus for the world championship next?
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  technical draw: <Pulo y Gata> . I wish I knew. I would be very rich if I knew. Quien es Pulo y Gata?
May-25-17  Imran Iskandar: Even after winning a Grand Prix leg, Ding jaunts back to China to play one game in the Chinese Chess League. It ended in a draw, losing 1.8 rating points in the process, and also preventing Ding from edging above his highest rating.

Chinese Chess Association, give the guy a break.

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  cro777: Ding Liren won the 13th National Games Rapid Chess, ahead of Wang Hao and Wang Yue.

National Games of China is the premier sports event in China at national level.

His next tournament is the 8th Hainan Danzhou Super Grandmaster Chess Tournament which is taking place from 9-18 July in Danzhou on the South China Sea island province of Hainan.

This year the tournament features Ivanchuk, Ponomariov, Le Quang Liem, Malakhov and top Chinese players Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi and Bu Xiangzhi.

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  cro777: The 8th Danzhou Super Chess Grandmaster Tournament (9 - 18 July 2017)

Starting rank list of players:

Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Vassily Ivanchuk, Le Quang Liem, Vladimir Malakhov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Ruslan Ponomariov, Wang Hao, Lu Shanglei

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  cro777: In the seventh round, Ding Liren beat Ponomariov with the black pieces and climbed above Vishy Anand to world no 9 in live rating.

As part of Ding Liren’s preparations, a 4-game match against Anish Giri will take place from 7-12 August in Wenzhou, China.

Jul-14-17  ex0duz: Damn, i am guessing that this match vs Giri was organized while he was still highly rated? Like when he was still 2798 or 2790~ at least? Do you know cro777?

First Grischuk, and also Gelfand, and now Giri. He seems to have a knack for playing underrated players. As in their ELO rating at the time they played the match vs Ding was lower than 'normal', ie they are most likely at the lowest end of a slump and will more than likely gain 15-20 elo pretty much instantly after the match in the next tourney they play..

Also, much <3 for always updating us concerning the chinese chess scene and also linking all those nice pictures. 謝謝, 朋友! Xie Xie Peng You! If you are not chinese, then thank you my friend!

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  cro777: <ex0duz: Damn, i am guessing that this match vs Giri was organized while he was still highly rated? Like when he was still 2798 or 2790~ at least?>

I think that the main problem in organizing these "grandmaster summit" matches is a very tight schedule of the world chess elite. It is very difficult to find an adequate opponent.

In the other two matches Yu Yangyi will meet Alexander Grischuk (July 19 - 25 in Jiayuguan City) while Wei Yi's opponent has not yet been announced.

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