Grandmaster (2009). Three-time Chinese Champion (2009, 2011 and 2012).
<National> Ding Liren won the 2009 Chinese Chess Championship, becoming the youngest player ever to win the Chinese national title. In 2011, he won the Chinese Chess Championship for his second time. 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 Yangyi Yu. He narrowly missed a fourth championship win in the Chinese Championship (2014) when he placed =1st alongside Yangyi Yu, but came 2nd on tiebreak.
<Continental> Soon after winning the 2012 Chinese Championship, he placed =4th (6th on tiebreak) at the Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012).
<World> He 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.
In October 2012, he came =2nd (3rd on tiebreak) at the SPICE Cup (2012). 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 =1st (2nd 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 =2nd (5th on tiebreak) at the Tata Steel (2015), half a point behind the winner Magnus Carlsen.
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 is now the second best player in Asia, second only to Anand.
At the 17th Asian Team Championships held in Zaozhuang, China in May 2012, Ding won team gold and individual silver playing board 4 for China and at the Chess Olympiad (2012) held in Istanbul in September 2012, he played board 3 for China, narrowly missing both team and individual medals, scoring 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.
He plays for the Zhejiang team in the Chinese League which in 2013, placed 8th out of 12, Ding scoring 9/13. Playing board 2 for China in the FIDE World Team Championship (2013), he won team silver and individual bronze. Poor performances in the 2014 Turkish Superleague and rounds 12-15 of the 2014 Chinese league cost him rating wise, and he dropped by 24 points in these two events.
Ratings and Rankings
Ding Liren's highest rating and ranking to date occurred in September 2014 when his rating climbed to 2754, ranking him world #15.
As of 1 February 2015, Ding's ratings and rankings are as follows:
<Standard> 2755; (Chinese #1 player; Asian #2; and world #14);
<Rapid> 2708 (world #41); and
<Blitz> 2688 (world #60).
Wikipedia article: Ding Liren; (1) Ding Liren vs Aronian, 2013
Latest update 4 Feb 2015