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Ding Liren 
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Ding Liren
Number of games in database: 497
Years covered: 2001 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2777 (2704 rapid, 2875 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2782
Overall record: +161 -48 =192 (64.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      96 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (40) 
    D17 D15 D16 D10 D12
 Queen's Gambit Declined (33) 
    D37 D38 D39 D31 D35
 King's Indian (27) 
    E60 E90 E97 E63 E94
 Grunfeld (23) 
    D85 D70 D78 D90 D97
 Queen's Indian (18) 
    E15 E16 E17
 Semi-Slav (13) 
    D45 D44 D43 D46
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (65) 
    E63 E92 E81 E94 E60
 Caro-Kann (36) 
    B17 B12 B18 B10 B13
 French Defense (36) 
    C11 C07 C00 C10 C03
 French (24) 
    C11 C00 C10
 Ruy Lopez (23) 
    C78 C80 C95 C67 C93
 Sicilian (17) 
    B42 B51 B22 B28 B90
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ding Liren vs Aronian, 2013 1-0
   Ding Liren vs Ni Hua, 2009 1-0
   Ding Liren vs E Inarkiev, 2015 1-0
   Kamsky vs Ding Liren, 2011 0-1
   Yifan Hou vs Ding Liren, 2009 0-1
   Ding Liren vs A Moiseenko, 2013 1-0
   Ding Liren vs Lu Shanglei, 2012 1-0
   Li Shilong vs Ding Liren, 2011 0-1
   Wang Hao vs Ding Liren, 2010 0-1
   Ding Liren vs Wang Hao, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chinese Championship (2009)
   Chinese Championship (2011)
   Chinese Chess Championships (2012)
   4th Danzhou Tournament (2013)
   5th Danzhou Tournament (2014)
   Chinese League (2011)
   Tata Steel (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Cappelle-la-Grande (2014)
   Asian Nations Cup (2014)
   Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   World Cup (2015)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

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(born Oct-24-1992, 23 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

Latest update 1 February 2016

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 497  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Ding Liren vs Qiu Tong 1-0108 2001 TCh-CHN MenB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
2. Tang Zijian vs Ding Liren  1-035 2001 TCh-CHN MenD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
3. Ding Liren vs Huang Yicheng 1-035 2001 TCh-CHN MenC42 Petrov Defense
4. Ding Liren vs Zhang Jianhua 1-059 2001 TCh-CHN MenC41 Philidor Defense
5. Liu Renhui vs Ding Liren  ½-½74 2001 TCh-CHN MenC01 French, Exchange
6. Wang Chaoran vs Ding Liren  1-043 2001 TCh-CHN MenE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
7. Wen Yang vs Ding Liren  1-058 2001 TCh-CHN MenC00 French Defense
8. Ding Liren vs Wu Wenjin  0-155 2001 TCh-CHN MenC67 Ruy Lopez
9. Ding Liren vs Yang Xu  ½-½61 2001 TCh-CHN MenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
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. V Malakhov vs Ding Liren  ½-½33 2009 Russia vs China (Rapid)A10 English
13. A Timofeev vs Ding Liren  0-165 2009 Russia vs China (Blitz)C10 French
14. Le Quang Liem vs Ding Liren  ½-½20 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
15. Ding Liren vs Ni Hua 1-035 2009 Chinese ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
16. Ding Liren vs V Malakhov 0-137 2009 Russia - ChinaD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. A Timofeev vs Ding Liren  ½-½58 2009 Russia vs China (Rapid)C07 French, Tarrasch
18. Ding Liren vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½73 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
19. N Vitiugov vs Ding Liren  0-136 2009 Russia vs China (Blitz)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Ding Liren vs Bu Xiangzhi ½-½37 2009 Chinese ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Ding Liren vs Wang Hao 1-049 2009 Chinese ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Ding Liren vs A Timofeev  ½-½30 2009 Russia vs China (Rapid)A04 Reti Opening
23. Ding Liren vs N Vitiugov  0-148 2009 Russia vs China (Blitz)A43 Old Benoni
24. Ding Liren vs E Hossain 1-043 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Zhang Pengxiang vs Ding Liren 0-141 2009 Chinese ChampionshipC11 French
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Kibitzer's Corner
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May-08-16  epistle: It's more like a lecture, not a discussion. The master lecturing a wide-eyed pupil.
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  cro777: The winner at the podium …

… and in front of the tree he planted last year during the Chessmaster 2015 Mixed Doubles Tournament.

May-09-16  epistle: I hope Ding plants a coconut for beating So. That way, the latter's fans may be reminded to use their coconuts while posting here.
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  Sally Simpson: That picture of Ding Liren in front of his tree.

He should been pictured standing up. (It looks like he's adding fertiliser to it.)

What kind of tree is it that grows so big after one year. I want a few for my garden.

Here is a picture of me in my garden.

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  cro777: Ding Liren will play the second Chess Grand Master Match in his home city of Wenzhou 18th to 22th July 2016.

Last year his opponent in a four-game match was Boris Gelfand.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Cro,

Who will Ding be playing?

All this match experience is holding him good stead for the future because at the rate he is improving one day he will be playing in a W.C. match.

The only question is when and who will he be playing?

a link to the Ding - Gelfand games.

Ding Liren - Gelfand (2015)

May-09-16  markz: <Who will Ding be playing?> I guess Karjakin
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  cro777: <Sally Simpson: Who will Ding be playing?>

The organizer is the Chinese Chess Association. The opponent has not been announced yet.

<All this match experience is holding him good stead for the future because at the rate he is improving one day he will be playing in a W.C. match.>

This is exactly the purpose of these matches. The Chinese Chess Association has an ambitious plan regarding the World Champion title (the only missing title because they are World Team Champions, Olympic Champions and have the World Woman Champion).

According to their analyses, their players need more experience in matches and in rapid chess (to raise their performance in playoffs).

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  Sally Simpson: Thanks Cro,

I know of their ambition and with such state backing and help it can only be a question of time.

The good news for chess is these Chinese players have a certain spark in their games that you sometimes feel the Western players lack.

How can I explain it.

You remember how you viewed the game when you were first started out and fell in love with it. Full of passion and energy and you thought every attack would win.

Such a young nation, chess wise has the same passion except they are much much better at it.

I have not explained it very well....try to read between the lines.

They have no opponent yet. $10,000 for playing 4 games of chess, and that assuming they lose. There will be no shortage of takers.

There is a Chinese Consulate near me, think I'll pop around there with my chess set and tell them I'm their man.

What's Chinese for 'I resign'.

May-10-16  epistle: <This is exactly the purpose of these matches. The Chinese Chess Association has an ambitious plan regarding the World Champion title (the only missing title because they are World Team Champions, Olympic Champions and have the World Woman Champion).

According to their analyses, their players need more experience in matches and in rapid chess (to raise their performance in playof>

With Ding Liren's recent conquest of Wesley So, we again confirm what we've been saying all along here--that the latter is world champion material. He is a material top players use to become world champion. Carlsen, before; now Ding Liren.

May-10-16  AzingaBonzer: <markz> Ding Liren actually beat Karjakin at Tata Steel this year.

Ding Liren vs Karjakin, 2016

Notably, he also has a positive score against Karjakin in classical games, and is even against him in rapid/blitz.

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  cro777: Ding Liren to participate in the Sinquefield Cup 2016 (August 4th - 16th)

The Grand Chess Tour announced that the world’s top-ten ranked players will compete in the 2016 Tour. Nine of the top-ten will compete in all four tournaments: Rapid and Blitz in Paris and Brussels-Leuven, the Sinquefield Cup and the London Chess Classic.

World Champion Magnus Carlsen will compete as a wildcard in both the Paris and Brussels-Leuven stops. The wildcard for Saint Louis will be Ding Liren and another wildcard in Paris will be Laurent Fressinet. The London wildcard will be determined at a later date.

May-12-16  epistle: Why include the last edition's punching bag/cellar dweller? Why not Wei Yi instead or Yu Yangyi?
May-12-16  AzingaBonzer: <epistle> Not high-rated enough.
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  Bobby Fiske: Ding Liren-Alexander Grischuk Match, 4-game in 18-22 July 2016, Wenzhou, China. Time control: 90min+30min, +30sec per move. Prize: 30,000$.
Jun-17-16  epistle: Among my favourite players including Nakamura, MVL and Yu Yangyi.

May their tribes increase.

Jun-19-16  Imran Iskandar: I would like to commend Ding Liren for currently being Blitz World No. 1, even if it will probably be for around 15 minutes.
Jun-19-16  AzingaBonzer: Ding Liren is now the World Blitz No. 1, and for a lot longer than 15 minutes, too.
Jun-20-16  ex0duz: Since when did Ding Liren get so good and so highly rated at blitz?

And then have such a 'low' rapid rating in comparison?

Good luck for the match vs Grischuk..

These are the types of competitions you have to dominate in order to get 2800, since he doesn't get as many invites to closed tourneys as the 'usual suspects'.

Jun-20-16  12Knaves: Go Ding!!!
Jun-21-16  12Knaves: @exoduz doenst he play in chess league in china? They have got some stron g players there
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  cro777: The second leg (Rounds 5-7) of the 2016 Chinese Chess League Division A starts today (June 23).

Ding Liren is playing for Zhejiang chess team. In Round 5 he meets GM Ernesto Inarkiev who plays for Qingdao chess team. On Board 2 Ding Liren's teammate Shakhriyar Mamedyarov meets Wang Hao.

The Chinese Chess League Division A is one of the strongest and longest running leagues of its kind. Twelve teams are competing in 22 rounds (from April to December). Each team consists of three male and two female players.

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  cro777: The 7th Danzhou GM Tournament takes place 7-17 July in Danzhou, China.

This year's edition of the tournament is stronger and more international.

Six players from China (Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Wang Hao, Wang Yue, Bu Xiangzhi and Hou Yifan) and four foreign players (Harikrishna, Ivanchuk, Nepomniachtchi and Leko) are participating.

Situated on the north coast of Hainan island, Danzhou has been sequentially honoured as a “China Top 100 Agriculture City”, “China Health City”, “Chinese Culture Model City”, “China Outstanding Environmental Comprehensive Renovation City” and “China Outstanding Tourism City”.

The Danzhou GM Tournament is an important cultural and sports event in Hainan Province.

Jun-28-16  AzingaBonzer: Well, it seems those complaints about China not inviting foreign GMs to its internal supertournaments were unrealized. 4 foreign GMs here, and the strongest Danzhou tournament to date, with an average rating of 2729.
Jun-28-16  AzingaBonzer: My bad; 2727.
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