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Ding Liren 
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Ding Liren
Number of games in database: 384
Years covered: 2001 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2757 (2708 rapid, 2688 blitz)
Overall record: +134 -43 =155 (63.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      52 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (39) 
    D17 D15 D16 D10 D12
 Queen's Gambit Declined (27) 
    D37 D38 D39 D31 D30
 King's Indian (23) 
    E60 E90 E97 E94 E63
 Grunfeld (19) 
    D85 D70 D78 D90 D94
 Queen's Indian (12) 
    E15 E17 E16
 Semi-Slav (9) 
    D45 D43 D44 D46
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (60) 
    E63 E92 E81 E94 E60
 French Defense (36) 
    C11 C07 C00 C10 C01
 Caro-Kann (34) 
    B17 B12 B18 B10 B13
 French (24) 
    C11 C00 C10
 Sicilian (14) 
    B42 B22 B51 B28 B40
 French Tarrasch (8) 
    C07 C03
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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
   Yifan Hou vs Ding Liren, 2009 0-1
   Li Shilong vs Ding Liren, 2011 0-1
   Ding Liren vs Lu Shanglei, 2012 1-0
   Ding Liren vs A Moiseenko, 2013 1-0
   Wang Hao vs Ding Liren, 2010 0-1
   Bu Xiangzhi vs Ding Liren, 2011 0-1
   Ding Liren vs Wang Hao, 2011 1-0

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

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

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(born Oct-24-1992, 22 years old) China

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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.

Standard Tournaments

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.

Team Events

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. However, he recovered strongly in April 2015 when he helped China defeat India in their summit match in Hyderabad, and to win the gold medal at the FIDE World Team Championship (2015). In the latter event he also won an individual silver medal for board 2.

Ratings and Rankings

Ding Liren's highest rating and ranking to date occurred in May 2015 when his rating climbed to 2757, ranking him world #11.


Wikipedia article: Ding Liren; (1) Ding Liren vs Aronian, 2013

Latest update 14 May 2015

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 384  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Wen Yang vs Ding Liren  1-058 2001 TCh-CHN MenC00 French Defense
2. Ding Liren vs Wu Wenjin  0-155 2001 TCh-CHN MenC67 Ruy Lopez
3. Ding Liren vs Yang Xu  ½-½61 2001 TCh-CHN MenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
4. Ding Liren vs Qiu Tong 1-0108 2001 TCh-CHN MenB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
5. Tang Zijian vs Ding Liren  1-035 2001 TCh-CHN MenD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
6. Ding Liren vs Huang Yicheng 1-035 2001 TCh-CHN MenC42 Petrov Defense
7. Ding Liren vs Zhang Jianhua 1-059 2001 TCh-CHN MenC41 Philidor Defense
8. Liu Renhui vs Ding Liren  ½-½74 2001 TCh-CHN MenC01 French, Exchange
9. Wang Chaoran vs Ding Liren  1-043 2001 TCh-CHN MenE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
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. Zhou Jianchao vs Ding Liren  ½-½66 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
13. I Nepomniachtchi vs Ding Liren  1-049 2009 Russia vs China (Rapid)C10 French
14. Ding Liren vs A Filippov  ½-½66 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
15. Tomashevsky vs Ding Liren 1-045 2009 Russia vs China (Blitz)A48 King's Indian
16. Ding Liren vs Zhou Weiqi  ½-½26 2009 Chinese ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
17. Ding Liren vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-154 2009 Russia vs China (Rapid)A57 Benko Gambit
18. Ding Liren vs H Abdullah  1-034 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
19. Ding Liren vs Tomashevsky  1-071 2009 Russia vs China (Blitz)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
20. Ding Liren vs Li Shilong 1-039 2009 Chinese ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
21. V Malakhov vs Ding Liren  ½-½84 2009 Russia vs China (Blitz)E77 King's Indian
22. Ding Liren vs Tomashevsky  ½-½37 2009 Russia - ChinaE17 Queen's Indian
23. Ding Liren vs Tomashevsky  0-181 2009 Russia vs China (Rapid)E17 Queen's Indian
24. Sasikiran vs Ding Liren  1-043 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
25. Ding Liren vs V Malakhov  1-028 2009 Russia vs China (Blitz)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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  Penguincw: I know it's kinda late, but congratz to Ding Liren for edging out countryman Bu Xiangzhi on tiebreaks at the 5th Danzhou Tournament (2014), both with 6.5/9. He was also one of only two people to be undefeated in the tournament (the other Ruslan Ponomariov).

Liren gained 11.5 points and has jumped to a career high 2738 and 21st best in the world (also #1 Chinese player, passing Wang Hao).

Aug-14-14  shintaro go: This guy should start playing in Europe.
Aug-14-14  fisayo123: He does play in Europe though. Maybe he should move to Europe to cement himself as a top 10 player. His talent is amazing.

He's gotten one prime invite in his young career so far, Alekhine Memorial. As China's undisputed number 1, I'm sure more will be coming soon.

Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Between playing in the Turkish league and the Chinese league over the last month he has been shedding lots of elo. In 14 games he's dropped 24.5 rating points.
Oct-18-14  wych: <IndigoViolet:...Let's face it, Orientals just don't play well in the West.>

What a moronic generalisation. How did China manage to win the Olympiad in Norway then?

Oct-18-14  Jim Bartle: <wych> <What a moronic generalisation.>

Consider the source.

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  waustad: Happy birthday to the strongest player with this birthdate. Perhaps not the most amusing name, but the best player.
Nov-04-14  IraqSon: <<JoergWalter: <IndigoViolet: Rules are for the little people. Geniuses follow a higher calling. [...] The notion that China can become a cultural super-power on a par with Britain and America is ridiculous.>> China was a cultural superpower before America was discovered and Great Britain had fish'n chips. Follow your higher calling but not here.>
Nov-04-14  ljfyffe: <lndigo> is all mixed up! The actual saying goes: "<Taxes are for little people".>
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  perfidious: One may forgive <MissScarlett> his confusion while donning yet another of his prior noms de guerre.
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  Rookiepawn: <I reiterate my point about the lack of Western interest in Oriental societies and culture. I dub this the Yellow Curtain.>

"Western interest" = "Me, my cousin, a couple of guys down the block I know. None of us would distinguish a kanji from a bug".

"Yellow Curtain" = "All our ignorance and laziness put together"

I would mention Leibniz, but I'm afraid this chessplayer was never part of Western culture.

Nov-14-14  iking: Ding Liren is the gibraltar Rock of Petrosian Memorial, never been beaten ...<Petrosian Memorial Moscow, Russia
Nov 3-11
Players: Aronian, Grischuk, Kramnik, Leko, Gelfand, Ding Liren, Morozevich and Inarkiev. Discussion forum now open. >


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  alpha64: True to Tigran Petrosian's fighting spirit, he would rather draw his game than win!!!
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  Penguincw: Interesting start by Ding Liren at Tata Steel (2015). After dropping the first game against Caruana with white, he won his next 3 games, and is now tied for 2nd.
Jan-14-15  torrefan: He'll win Tata Steel 2015.
Jan-17-15  Fiona Macleod: Wow, only one draw so far!
Jan-20-15  Whitehat1963: I hope that having played 8 of 9 decisive games (so far) means that Ding will get more invites. And with any luck he'll continue to play an uncompromising style of chess, though I doubt it, as that tends to be a symptom of youth more than anything else.
Jan-23-15  fisayo123: <torrefan> Too soon for that. He needs to expand his opening repertoire first. But he has 6 wins so far, which says everything about his chess skills.

<Whitehat1963> It's not so much about uncompromising style, though that's a factor. At this very high level, it's not enough to play 3 or 4 openings very well, especially when one of those is a KID and the other a Caro-Kann. It's risky.

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Ding Liren for his performance at the Tata Steel (2015) tournament. He finished in a tie for 2nd place with 8.5/13 (+7,-3,=3).

His 7 wins (including 4 with black) were the most out of any player (including Carlsen), while his 3 draws were the fewest (excluding Jobava and his below par tournament). Nice to see a win-win situation for the players and fans.

Ding Liren also gained 22.6 rating points, 2nd to only So's +25.5.

2755 will be Ding Liren's career high (as is World #14).

Jan-25-15  breaker90: <Penguincw> Liren did in fact gain the most points. So's +25.5 included his last tournament before Tata Steel (the North American Open).
Feb-23-15  entropy35: Where is Ding Liren playing next?
Feb-23-15  SimonWebbsTiger: @<entropy35>

this website usually helps

Alas, some entries are "many 2700+ players" so you will have to check individual tourney websites. Aeroflot Open might be a guess.

Feb-24-15  entropy35: <SimonWebbsTiger> Thanks for the link. I was mainly looking for the schedule of the Chinese players in particular Liren, Yu, and Wei Yi. I believe they will play in the Chinese Chess League which will start on the 1st of April. So they might play before than.

Unfortunately there aren't any chinese players on the Aeroflot participants list (maybe they will register at a later time?). Same for Reykjavik.

Feb-27-15  entropy35: Ding and Wei playing in a match against India on the 1st of march. Its 8 rounds (4 boards) over 10 days. Should be fun, watch out for Adhiban he has impressed me.

May-02-15  f0xl0ck: ding liren is the carlsen's second now...
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