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Ding Liren
Ding Liren 
Photograph © copyright 2010, Emir Gamis.  
Number of games in database: 787
Years covered: 2001 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2778 (2751 rapid, 2793 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2783

Overall record: +211 -57 =310 (63.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 209 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (55) 
    D37 D38 D35 D39 D31
 Slav (48) 
    D17 D15 D12 D16 D10
 King's Indian (42) 
    E60 E90 E94 E97 E63
 Grunfeld (31) 
    D78 D85 D70 D90 D97
 Queen's Indian (26) 
    E15 E17 E16
 English (23) 
    A13 A15 A14 A10 A18
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (70) 
    E63 E99 E92 E94 E84
 Ruy Lopez (52) 
    C78 C80 C77 C84 C95
 French Defense (37) 
    C11 C07 C10 C00 C01
 Caro-Kann (36) 
    B12 B17 B18 B10 B11
 Semi-Slav (28) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D48
 Sicilian (26) 
    B42 B51 B40 B47 B22
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Bai vs Ding Liren, 2017 0-1
   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
   Wang Hao vs Ding Liren, 2010 0-1
   Ding Liren vs Aronian, 2017 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   4th Danzhou Tournament (2013)
   Chinese Championship (2011)
   Chinese Championship (2009)
   Chinese Chess Championship (2012)
   Chinese League (2011)
   World Cup (2017)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Cappelle-la-Grande (2014)
   Chinese Chess League (2016)
   Tata Steel (2015)
   Chinese Chess League (2017)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   DING LIREN'S BEST GAMES by notyetagm
   GM Ding "Bruce" Liren's Best Games by pulsar

   🏆 Gashimov Memorial
   Navara vs Ding Liren (Apr-26-18) 0-1
   Ding Liren vs Mamedyarov (Apr-25-18) 1/2-1/2
   Ding Liren vs Radjabov (Apr-23-18) 1/2-1/2
   A Giri vs Ding Liren (Apr-22-18) 1/2-1/2
   Ding Liren vs Topalov (Apr-21-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Oct-24-1992, 25 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 (丁立人) 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 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

Last updated: 2017-09-17 12:29:46

 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 788  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 ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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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Kibitzer's Corner
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Sep-21-17  bien pensant: I wish you a brilliant run at the candidates friend Ding!
Sep-21-17  bien pensant: And thanks to pulo y gata for providing Ding's great photo in this page
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Ding yodaman!
Sep-23-17  epistle: Some early posts here in 2009--

<Jun-05-09 Ladolcevita: His idol is Topalov(me too)!!! And,we are from the same city!!!(also Zhuchen's hometown)

Jun-05-09 wolfmaster: He just defeated Wang Hao! Go Ding!

Premium Chessgames Member notyetagm: Chinese Championship (2009) Ding Liren is truly unbelievable. This must be the greatest tournament performance by an unknown since Pillsbury at Hastings 1895!

Chinese Championship (2009)/Ding Liren

+5 =5 -0, with wins over 2700 Wang Hao, 2700 Ni Hua, and 2590 Hou Yifan!

His TPR is around 400(!!!!) points higher than his rating. Astounding.

The chess story of the year so far.>

Sep-24-17  Chess for life: Ding is his last name right? live link says "Aronian vs. Liren".
Sep-24-17  sonia91: <Chess for life> Yes, it should be "Aronian vs Ding".
Sep-30-17  sonia91: <Who is Ding Liren?> A very interesting interview by Shah Sagar :
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  Bubo bubo: Belated happy birthday, Ding Liren!

A contemporary Super-GM turns 25, so one should expect him to be <POTD> on his birthday, but cg again prefers the notorious fraudster Prince Andrey Dadian of Mingrelia. Does anyone understand this?

Oct-30-17  ex0duz:

Can someone explain how the players were selected for this? It's pretty high payout, even for losing(60k vs 40k).

Was this organized purely for the top 3 american players(Caru/So/Naka) and then they just decided to make it 4 and add Carlsen too?

How did they decide who their opponents would be? I heard something like the players themselves got to 'choose' somehow, but i can't seem to find where i heard this from.

Anyone know of any link or any extra information on the selection/qualification process(or if there was even one)?

But yeah. I'm pretty damn excited for this, even if it is 'just' rapid/blitz.

Course i'm most interested in Ding vs Carlsen. Even if he loses, it's really good experience for future matches or future WCC match vs Carlsen. I mean, where else would you get to play 30 games in a row vs Carlsen? And not only that, but get paid 40,000 even if you LOSE(60k for winner)?

And this is just 1 match yeah, it's not a tournament and there's no elimination/knockout or round 2 or anything yeah?

Are rapid games worth the same as blitz games, or how is the scoring going to work?

Oct-30-17  scholes: looks great
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  cro777: At the 2017 Champions Showdown, (Saint Louis, November 9-14), the three top American players and current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, will face their hand-chosen opponents in 10 games of rapid and 20 games of blitz.

Four players were asked which player they want to play in a match. Nakamura chose Topalov, Caruana chose Grischuk, So chose Dominguez and Carlsen chose Ding Liren.

The match between Carlsen and Ding Liren, will start and finish two days after the other three matches.

Oct-30-17  fisayo123: The question is will he have time to recover for the last leg of the FIDE grand prix. He's already qualified for the Candidates but there are valuable elo points to be won or lost which could impact any chances of playing in the Grand Chess Tour next year considering he's currently world number #11.
Nov-04-17  fisayo123: He just played his Immortal game today in the Chinese chess league.

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  moronovich: <fisayo123: He just played his Immortal game today in the Chinese chess league.

Thanks and : Wauw,what a game !!

Nov-05-17  scholes: Ding Immortal

Nov-05-17  Chessinfinite: What a game! perfect game. Nice.
Nov-05-17  markz: Amazing game! Well done Ding.
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  Kapmigs: Just play like it is the world cup Ding!
Mar-13-18  AzingaBonzer: Ding is starting to get some invites to top-class supertournaments. He plays in the Gashimov Memorial and Norway Chess later this year.
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  Kapmigs: C'mon Ding Vaxia, it is time for some wins!
Mar-27-18  Chess for life: Does the name Ding Liren ring a bell for anyone?
Mar-27-18  ketchuplover: Jolly good show in Berlin young man :)
Mar-27-18  fisayo123: Still the Grand Chess Tour will continue to pretend like he doesn't exist. Keep doing you Ding Liren :)
Mar-28-18  csmath: Ding is only the second Chinese player that got "western" invitations more often.

The first one was extraordinarily original Wang Hao.

Bu Xiangzhi and Ni Hua who dominated Chinese chess in early 2000s never got that chance. Ding took Chinese championships in strong fields in 2009, 2011, and 2012 playing absolutely fantastic active chess that he still plays today.

The next to come must be Wei Yi. He won last three Chinese championships (!) repeating the feat Ni Hua did, in weaker fields.

Chinese chess championships in Ding times there (early 2010s) had absolutely fantastic attacking games. Given the fact they have around 20 times more Go players than chess players you can only imagine the potential for great chess players in China.

Sooner or later the world will see Chinese as a chess world champion. I think Wei Yi has that potential but not without some serious help.

China had a lot of chess activity, they have great female chess players as well, very well organized national federation.

What they lack is elite tournaments and without that they cannot have many elite players. Hainan Danzhou is pretty much the only established elite tournament in China. There is almost nothing elsewhere in far-east Asia and lack of managers in sport there prevents Chinese players from getting opportunities in the west. Also lack of English skills makes communications with the west more difficult. But there is no lack of IQ in China so sooner or later it will break through.

Mar-29-18  Ladolcevita: <csmath>
Chess is really losing some media attention here in China...I haven't seen any news about Liren participating in the Candidates. Is this a general decline worldwide or is it just in China? Or is it my false impression...
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