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Ding Liren 
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Ding Liren
Number of games in database: 405
Years covered: 2001 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2770 (2708 rapid, 2688 blitz)
Overall record: +140 -44 =166 (63.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      55 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 (29) 
    D37 D38 D39 D31 D30
 King's Indian (23) 
    E60 E90 E97 E94 E63
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D85 D70 D78 D90 D94
 Queen's Indian (14) 
    E15 E16 E17
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    E10 E00 A41 A40
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (63) 
    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 (15) 
    B42 B51 B22 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
   Ding Liren vs Lu Shanglei, 2012 1-0
   Li Shilong vs Ding Liren, 2011 0-1
   Ding Liren vs A Moiseenko, 2013 1-0
   Wang Hao vs Ding Liren, 2010 0-1
   Ding Liren vs Wang Hao, 2011 1-0
   Bu Xiangzhi vs Ding Liren, 2011 0-1

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

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


<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 has qualified by rating for the 2015 World Cup.

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.

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.

<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 119 games with a 65.5% result ( +54 =48 -17) overall, not including the 2015 event that will be in progress till late December 2015.

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).

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; Live ratings:;

(1) Ding Liren vs Aronian, 2013

Latest update 21 July 2015

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 405  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Liu Renhui vs Ding Liren  ½-½74 2001 TCh-CHN MenC01 French, Exchange
2. Wang Chaoran vs Ding Liren  1-043 2001 TCh-CHN MenE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
3. Wen Yang vs Ding Liren  1-058 2001 TCh-CHN MenC00 French Defense
4. Ding Liren vs Wu Wenjin  0-155 2001 TCh-CHN MenC67 Ruy Lopez
5. Ding Liren vs Yang Xu  ½-½61 2001 TCh-CHN MenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. Ding Liren vs Qiu Tong 1-0108 2001 TCh-CHN MenB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
7. Tang Zijian vs Ding Liren  1-035 2001 TCh-CHN MenD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
8. Ding Liren vs Huang Yicheng 1-035 2001 TCh-CHN MenC42 Petrov Defense
9. Ding Liren vs Zhang Jianhua 1-059 2001 TCh-CHN MenC41 Philidor 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. Ding Liren vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-154 2009 Russia vs China (Blitz)D94 Grunfeld
13. Ding Liren vs A Gupta 0-150 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
14. Li Chao vs Ding Liren ½-½33 2009 Chinese ChampionshipC11 French
15. N Vitiugov vs Ding Liren  1-078 2009 Russia vs China (Rapid)C11 French
16. I Nepomniachtchi vs Ding Liren 1-040 2009 Russia vs China (Blitz)C00 French Defense
17. D Khamrakulov vs Ding Liren  0-161 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipC00 French Defense
18. Ding Liren vs C Liang  ½-½60 2009 Chinese ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Ding Liren vs N Vitiugov 1-041 2009 Russia - ChinaD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. I Nepomniachtchi vs Ding Liren  1-049 2009 Russia vs China (Rapid)C10 French
21. Zhou Jianchao vs Ding Liren  ½-½66 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
22. Tomashevsky vs Ding Liren 1-045 2009 Russia vs China (Blitz)A48 King's Indian
23. Ding Liren vs A Filippov  ½-½66 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
24. Ding Liren vs Zhou Weiqi  ½-½26 2009 Chinese ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
25. Ding Liren vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-154 2009 Russia vs China (Rapid)A57 Benko Gambit
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Jul-27-15  Barococo Prosopoeia: It's just life. A new generation comes as the old one fades away.
Jul-27-15  AzingaBonzer: An interesting coincidence: Ding's rating increase (+21.3) is identical to Yu Yangyi's increase from last month (also +21.3).
Jul-27-15  breaker90: <fisayo123> Regardless if he's officially a second or not, training sessions would be both beneficial to Carlsen and Ding.
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  Penguincw: Huge milestone for Ding Liren, taking over Aronian in the Top 10 live ratings. Wang Yue is the only other Chinese player to have done so. However, I'm sure they won't be the only 2 to ever do so.

I love this tweet:

< "For the first time half of top ten in chess not from Europe, as Ding overtakes Aronian in live ratings #eurocrisis" >

Definitely a Euro Crisis.

Regarding the fact that only half of the top 10 is from Europe, this could make an interesting match: Europe vs. Non-Europe. Here could be the top 5 boards:

Carlsen - Anand
Topalov - Nakamura
Giri - Caruana
Kramnik - So
Grischuk - Ding Liren

I'd put my match on "Europe" winning but I think that's up for debate.

And FTR: I'm only judging the players on the flag next to their name, and not their original federation (or whatever).

Jul-29-15  Whitemouse: (Modern)Chess is western (European) game.
Jul-29-15  breaker90: <WHitemouse> Nonsense. Sure, Europeans advanced the modern game but young top players are coming from Non-Europe today. Who is a probable contender to Carlsen's crown? Nakamura, Cauruana, Giri, So, Wei Yi and perhaps Ding Liren. Only one of them is European.
Jul-29-15  shintaro go: Non europe would win because nakamura would beat topalov and ding liren will beat grischuk. All other games will be draws
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  cro777: The first stage of the 2015 China-Russia "Heixiazi Island Cup" Chess Challenge (Win and Continue Team Tournament Format) is taking place in Heixiazi from 29th July to 1st August.

Each team consists of five players. The order of the players was determined before the match (it cannot be changed).

China: 1)Wei Yi, 2)Ding Liren, 3)Ni Hua, 4)Yu Yangyi, 5)Wang Yue

Russia: 1)Karjakin, 2)Tomashevsky, 3)Morozevich, 4)Nepomniachtchi, 5)Andreikin

There will be 1 classical game (+ playoff if necessary) played per day.

Winner continues and loser is out. A team loses when it runs out of players.

FIDE control time – 90 min for 40 moves and 30 min before the end with 30 sec increment for each move. Two blitz games for tie-break: 5 minutes with 3 seconds from the first move.

The fist game of the tournament Karjakin - Wei Yi ended in a draw. Karjakin won 2-0 in the blitz, so Wei Yi was eliminated.

Tomorrow, in the second game Karjakin meets Ding Liren.

Jul-30-15  breaker90: I would love to see Ding beat Karjakin today. I'm very interested in these recent Chinese tournaments as I'm able to see their exciting games. More Chinese players in large tournaments!
Jul-30-15  Catholic Bishop: About time chess fans got introduced to the most awesomestest tournament format ever conceived.

Although the russians, being new to this, seem to have ignored the 'anchor' factor. Ideally the last player of the team, called 'the General' in Go parlance, should be a star player who is significantly stronger, or significantly more famous than the rest of the team. Like the final boss of a video game, if not hard to defeat, should at least look cool. Hence the last player for Russia in this line up can only be Morozevich.

But their strategy seems to be working so far. In fact, Karjakin may well wipe out the entire Chinese team.

Jul-30-15  netlava: Normally in this type of format, the best player should go last to avoid getting "sniped" as other players will be prepping exclusively to take out the "ace" of the team.

A player single-handedly defeating an entire team is called an "all-kill."

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  cro777: The classical game ended in a draw. The winner will be decided in two blitz games (5 minutes with 3 seconds from the first move) and Armageddon if necessary.

Ding Liren - Karjakin

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Bg2 c6 8.Bc3 d5 9.Ne5 Nfd7 10.Nxd7 Nxd7 11.Nd2 0–0 12.0–0 Rc8 13.Rc1 c5 14.dxc5 dxc4 15.c6 Nb8 16.Bb2 Nxc6 17.Nxc4 Nb4 18.a3 Nd5 19.Ne5 Qd6 20.Qd4 Bf6 21.Bf3 Bb7 22.Rc4 Ba6 23.Rcc1 Bxe5 24.Qxe5 Qxe5 25.Bxe5 f6 26.Bb2 Kf7 27.Rfd1 Rxc1 28.Rxc1 Rc8 29.Rxc8 Bxc8 30.e4 Ne7 31.Bd1 e5 32.Kf1 Be6 33.Ke2 g5 34.Kd3 g4 35.Bc1 Nc8 36.Be3 Ke7 37.a4 Kd7 38.a5 Kc6 39.axb6 axb6 40.Bh6 Kd7 41.Bg7 Ke7 42.Bh6 Kd7 43.Bg7 Ke7 ½–½

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  cro777: After 1-1 in the blitz games, Karjakin was black in the Armageddon. Ding Liren blew a huge advantage. The game ended in a draw , so Ding Liren was eliminated. "All-kill" Karjakin's next opponent is Ni Hua.

Ding Liren - Karjakin (Armageddon game). Position after 45...Rd8

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49.Qe5? (49.Ra7 or 49.Rb7 followed by Qc7 wins immediately; if 46...Rc8 then 47.Rg7+)

Jul-30-15  Imran Iskandar: Ding Liren is pretty much on the rise!
Aug-20-15  epistle: <Ding Liren is now world no. 8, ahead of Wesley So.>

As reported by <cro777>

Congratulations to Mr. Ding.

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  cro777: The fourth leg (Rounds 12-15) of the 2015 Chinese Chess League Division A has started.

In today's 12th round Ding Liren with the black pieces defeated GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (2662) from Vietnam. With +3.5 Elo points he is up to world no. 8.

Aug-20-15  epistle: Higher rated now than So. Maybe it's not too late for a last minute replacement?
Aug-22-15  sydbarrett: Passed Kramnik. #7 now.
Aug-22-15  sydbarrett: Looking at that rating/ranking chart... I forgot that Caruana is back to playing for the US again. That's good to see. Fellow Brooklyn boy like me, I believe he is.
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  cro777: In the second part of the Chinese Chess League Division A (Rounds 12-15) Ding Liren scored 4 consecutive wins.

His opponent in Round 15 was Ni Hua, his teammate from the Chinese Olympic Team.

Ni Hua – Ding Liren

King's Indian: Classical with 6.h3. Ding Liren played this line in two games at the Tata Steel tournament this year Radjabov vs Ding Liren, 2015 and Aronian vs Ding Liren, 2015

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. h3 e5 7. d5 Nh5 8. g3 f5 9. exf5 gxf5 10. Ng5 Qe8 11. Be2 <Aronian oped for 11.c5> Nf6 12. Be3 Na6 13. Qd2 Nc5 <Ding Liren deviated here from his game against Radjabov where he played 13...Bd7> 14. O-O-O h6 15. Nf3 Nce4 16. Nxe4 Nxe4 17. Qc2 c6 18. dxc6 bxc6 19. g4 d5 20. Nh4 d4 21. gxf5 Nc5 22. Rhg1 dxe3

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23. Rxg7+ Kxg7 24. Rg1+ Kf6 25. Rg6+ Ke7 26. Qc3 Bxf5

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27. Qxe5+? This was a key mistake. "I seized the opportunity offered", Ding Liren said.

<The correct move was 27.Rg7 with equal chances.

27...Kf6 (27...Kd6 28.Qxe3) 28.Nxf5 Ne6 29.Rh7>

The game continued:

27...Kd8 28. Qxc5 Bxg6 29. Nxg6? <This was the final mistake. White is now finally lost> Rxf2 30. Ne5 Rxe2 31. Nxc6+ Kd7 32. Ne5+ Ke6 33. Qd5+ Ke7 34. Nc6+ Kf8 35. Qd6+ Kg7 36. Qd4+ Kh7 37. Qd3+ Qg6 0-1

The next leg of the Chinese Chess League Division A (Rounds 16-18) will take place from 28-30 October.

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  parisattack: I put Ding on my Watch List of up-and-comers some time back; very happy to see him in the Top 10 and making big strides. (Below from 2009.)

<parisattack: <notyetagm: <s4life: I haven't seen all his games but in his two most impressive wins, against Ni Hua and Wan Hao... <<<he ended up with a quality sacrifice... no wonder he's a fan of Topalov.>>>> Topalov's style is irresistible to me, and also Ding Liren apparently. If only he would/could het rid of that rascal Danailov ...

And a very astute observation on the OTB play of Ding Liren and his idol Topalov.>

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-23-15  breaker90: I hadn't heard of Ding Liren until Tata Steel earlier this year. I immediately became a fan of his aggressive play.
Aug-24-15  dumbgai: Surely this is the first time the top Chinese player is ranked ahead of the top Russian player.
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  cro777: Ding Liren to participate in a rapid chess tournament in China which starts tomorrow.

The 3rd National Mind Games, Men Rapid Chess (9 rounds) is taking place in Zaozhuang City, Shandong Province, China from 26-28 August.

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  cro777: All top Chinese players are participating in the 3rd National Mind Sports games. They are preparing for the upcoming World Cup.

Today (Rounds 1-3) Ding Liren scored one win and two draws.

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