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Ding Liren
Ding Liren 
Photograph © copyright 2010, Emir Gamis.  
Number of games in database: 802
Years covered: 2001 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2797 (2760 rapid, 2773 blitz)

Overall record: +213 -57 =314 (63.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 218 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 (44) 
    E60 E90 E62 E63 E97
 Grunfeld (31) 
    D85 D78 D70 D97 D90
 Queen's Indian (26) 
    E15 E17 E16
 English (23) 
    A13 A15 A14 A18 A10
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (70) 
    E63 E92 E99 E94 E84
 Ruy Lopez (54) 
    C78 C80 C77 C84 C90
 French Defense (37) 
    C11 C07 C10 C00 C03
 Caro-Kann (36) 
    B12 B17 B18 B10 B13
 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
   Wang Hao vs Ding Liren, 2010 0-1
   Ding Liren vs Yu Yangyi, 2017 1-0
   Ding Liren vs Aronian, 2017 1-0

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

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   DING LIREN'S BEST GAMES by notyetagm
   GM Ding "Bruce" Liren's Best Games by pulsar
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   Anand vs Ding Liren (May-30-18) 1/2-1/2
   Ding Liren vs M Vachier-Lagrave (May-29-18) 1/2-1/2
   Nakamura vs Ding Liren (May-28-18) 1/2-1/2
   Ding Liren vs W So (May-27-18) 0-1, blitz
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs Ding Liren (May-27-18) 1/2-1/2, blitz

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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 Championship (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 (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.

Rapid and Blitz

On 13 May 2012, Ding Liren played in the 11th Asian Blitz Championship and placed equal second with 7/9, half a point behind Wesley So. He participated in the IHMS Mind Games staged in Huai'an in China in 2016. The Mind Games consisted of men and women's groups each contesting rapid, blitz and Basque portions of the event. He won the Basque portion (two rapid games played at the same time against the opponent) of the event after scoring 4/7 in the IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid) (2016), a point from the lead, and 17.5/30 in the IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid) (2016), two points from the lead.


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 June 2018 when his rating climbed to 2798, and his world ranking to #4.


Everipedia article: Wikipedia article: Ding Liren ; Live ratings:;

(1) Ding Liren vs Aronian, 2013

Last updated: 2018-08-05 19:18:08

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 802  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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May-27-18  fisayo123: <Vladimir Malakhov durung 2015-2017 - 93 games (37 wins & 56 draws)>

Are you sure about this? I can't remember Malakhov ever going on such an unbelievable run and especially not in recent times.

May-28-18  epistle: From the proud province of the Phils, good luck to our kabayan Ding Liren! Onward China!
May-28-18  indianchessupdates: <fisayo123>

Yep Malakhov had a 93 game streak. You can check yourself. Its there in the fide ratings you can check urself even now.

May-28-18  indianchessupdates: with draw against Nakamura, Ding Liren unbeaten streak 74 games now. Can he beat Wang Yue's 85 games.
May-30-18  indianchessupdates: With Draw against Anand, Ding Liren now has an unbeaten streak of 76 games (20 wins & 56 draws)
Jun-01-18  ketchuplover: Why am I just hearing of Malakhov's streak now? I thought Shankland had a 69 game streak.
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  Dionysius1: I know it's possible to have a hip fracture and be in v little pain in some positions. Lying flat (Dad's broken hip was like that), sometimes even sitting. It's to do with where the weight bearing stresses the nerves/muscles etc. Whatever Ding Liren's break is like, I hope it heals well and soon.
Jun-01-18  john barleycorn: Tony Miles, Tilburg 1985 anyone?

Jun-01-18  indianchessupdates: <ketchuplover>

Shankland since his defeat against Anthony Bellaiche in the 8th round of Biel Master Tournament 2017 has a unbeaten streak of 41 games considering the 1st round victory he had in the ongoing American Continental Championship 2018

Jun-02-18  ex0duz: He injured himself during the break day chess organised bike ride? Or was he doing it himself?

Damn that's sad to hear, I was hoping he was gonna win this or at least break 2800.. I guess we'll have to wait until his next tourney. Hopefully it doesn't take him out of action for too long.

Anyone know when his next scheduled tourney was supposed to be?

Jun-02-18  Hodor: We are wishing you a speedy recovery.
Jun-02-18  Viktorerro: After getting well, rested and OKAY, Tour De France next month is on his sights....
Jun-02-18  fisayo123: Get well soon Ding Liren!
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  tpstar: <Ding Liren> Get Well Soon!

Great player picture. =)

Jun-03-18  indianchessupdates: Ding Liren 76 unbeaten streak remains.
Jun-07-18  Pantagruel: Ding probably didn't know that drivers in America can't deal with bicycle traffic. Hope he didn't break a leg.
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  MissScarlett: Ding was lucky. He could've landed flat on his face and spoiled his good looks.
Jun-07-18  john barleycorn: <Pantagruel: Ding probably didn't know that drivers in America ...>

Ding was in Norway, a top10 country in the world considering bicycle riders.

Aug-11-18  starry2013: Just beat Topalov, live rating now 2801.3

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. e3 O-O 5. Be2 d6 6. Nc3 Bf5 7. Qb3 b6 8. d5 a5 9. Nd4 Bd7 10. O-O Na6 11. Qd1 Nc5 12. Bf3 Rc8 13. a3 e5 14. dxe6 Nxe6 15. Re1 Nxd4 16. exd4 Re8 17. Be3 Be6 18. d5 Bd7 19. h3 Re7 20. Qd2 Qf8 21. Bd4 Rce8 22. Rxe7 Qxe7 23. b4 h5 24. bxa5 bxa5 25. Rc1 Kh7 26. Be3 a4 27. Bf4 Bf5 28. Nb5 Be4 29. Re1 Qd7 30. Be2 Bf5 31. Bf1 Ne4 32. Qe3 Nf6 33. Qc1 Ne4 34. Re3 g5 35. Bh2 Bh6 36. g4 hxg4 37. hxg4 Bxg4 38. Bd3 f5 39. Qe1 Bh5 40. Bxe4 fxe4 41. Nd4 Bf7 42. Bg3 Bg7 43. Nb5 Bg6 44. Qe2 Re7 45. f3 Qh3 46. Qh2 Qxh2+ 47. Kxh2 Bb2 48. c5 Bc1 49. cxd6 cxd6 50. Rc3 Bd2 51. Bxd6 Rb7 52. Rc7+ Rxc7 53. Bxc7 exf3 54. Kg3 Be4 55. Bb6 Bxd5 56. Bf2 Bc1 0-1

Aug-11-18  parisattack: Congratulations, Ding Liren! I have followed your career for a decade and happy to see this day come for you.

<I put Ding on my Players To Watch list after I saw his win over Ni Hua...I was extremely impressed by all aspects of his play; very high level of creativity, something classical chess is in dire need of these days.>

Aug-14-18  dumbgai: Another win over Topalov to take the match, 3-1.
Aug-14-18  ketchuplover: Is the streak 80 now? tyia
Aug-14-18  fisayo123: 82 now.
Aug-15-18  Imran Iskandar: Congratulations to Ding for beating Topalov 3-1 in a 4 game match!

By doing so he has upped his live rating to 2804.2.

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  wordfunph: congrats to GM Ding Liren and his 1.41 billion compatriots!
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