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Ding Liren
Ding Liren 
Photograph © copyright 2010, Emir Gamis.  
Number of games in database: 816
Years covered: 2001 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2797 (2760 rapid, 2773 blitz)

Overall record: +218 -57 =322 (63.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 219 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (57) 
    D37 D38 D35 D39 D31
 Slav (48) 
    D17 D15 D12 D16 D10
 King's Indian (44) 
    E60 E90 E62 E94 E63
 Grunfeld (32) 
    D85 D70 D78 D90 D97
 Queen's Indian (26) 
    E15 E17 E16
 English (23) 
    A13 A15 A14 A11 A10
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (70) 
    E63 E94 E99 E92 E81
 Ruy Lopez (55) 
    C78 C84 C80 C77 C90
 French Defense (37) 
    C11 C07 C10 C00 C03
 Caro-Kann (36) 
    B12 B17 B18 B11 B10
 Semi-Slav (28) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D48
 Sicilian (26) 
    B42 B51 B47 B40 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
   Wang Hao vs Ding Liren, 2010 0-1
   Ding Liren vs Lu Shanglei, 2012 1-0
   Ding Liren vs Yu Yangyi, 2017 1-0
   Ding Liren vs Aronian, 2017 1-0

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

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

   🏆 Tata Steel Masters
   A Giri vs Ding Liren (Jan-19-19) 1/2-1/2
   Ding Liren vs Radjabov (Jan-18-19) 1/2-1/2
   S Shankland vs Ding Liren (Jan-16-19) 0-1
   Ding Liren vs V Fedoseev (Jan-15-19) 1/2-1/2
   J van Foreest vs Ding Liren (Jan-14-19) 0-1

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(born Oct-24-1992, 26 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.


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(1) Ding Liren vs Aronian, 2013

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

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 823  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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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.

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  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...
May-05-18  ex0duz: Congrats to Ding for reaching the fifth ranking in the world with a live rating of 2791, just a point below Kramnik in fourth rank with 2792.

Exciting times for Chinese chess, no idea why it would be losing interest in china as a whole but IIRC, Ding is also currently on a 65+ game streak without a loss and continuing..

Hope Wei Yi can also get past the low 2700 hurdle and be a stable 2750 player first, and then be a stable 2775+ player like Ding seems to be currently. Hope Ding can make the final transition and be stable 2800+ player, that's when he will be ready to challenge for the crown like Caruana is doing.

May-26-18  12Knaves: Excited for Ding, he's really hit good consistency for some time now. The coming Norway Chess Tournament is a real test, however. Hopefully, he'll get through this relatively unscatched. Wish him all the best!
May-26-18  indianchessupdates: Since his defeat to Giri in the 2nd match of 3rd Wenzhou Grandmaster Match in September 2017. Ding Liren is now undefeated in 73 games in classical games. Can he beat his country man record of Wang Yue and also that of Tal.

Unbeaten Streak in Chess without defeat in classical games ===================
Mikhail Tal in 1973-74 - 93 games
Mikhail Tal in 1972-73 - 86 games
Milan Drasko in 2006-2007 - 84 games
Vladimir Kramnik in 1999-2000 - 82 games
Wang Yue in 2008 - 82 games
Ding Liren in 2017-18 - 73 games (ongoing)
Vachier Lagrave in 2015-2016 - 67 games

May-26-18  ex0duz: Ding seems to be in the best form of his life, with 2797.5 live rating and not having lost a classical game for like 72 games iirc.

And just in time for Norway too, if he wins this it will cement his place in top 5 imo and certainly make him a real contender that no one can ignore anymore(cough Grand Prix)

Gar Yao liren! If interest in chess in china is dwindling then you just have to forcefully make them pay attention, and the best way is to keep winning and rising in the ranks!

May-26-18  indianchessupdates: Updated list of unbeaten Streak in Chess without defeat in classical games ==================
(min 60 games without loss)

Mikhail Tal in 1973-74 - 95 games
Mikhail Tal in 1972-73 - 84 games
Milan Drasko in 2006-07 - 84 games
Vladimir Kramnik in 1999-00 - 82 games
Wang Yue in 2008 - 82 games
Ding Liren in 2017-18 - 73 games (ongoing)
Wesley So in 2016-17 - 67 games
Vachier Lagrave in 2015-16 - 67 games
Capablanca during 1916-24 - 60 games

May-26-18  DonPepe: < indianchessupdates > if you donít mind, how many wins are in those streaks? thanks
May-27-18  indianchessupdates: <DonPepe> Here is the updated list of unbeaten streaks (min 50 games) in chess with win and draws. I am not able to access fide records of Kramnik & Drasko

Mikhail Tal in 1973-74 - 95 games (46 wins & 49 draws)

Vladimir Malakhov durung 2015-2017 - 93 games (37 wins & 56 draws)

Mikhail Tal in 1972-73 - 86 games (47 wins & 39 draws)

Wang Yue in 2008 - 85 games (30 wins & 50 draws)

Milan Drasko in 2006-07 - 84 games

Vladimir Kramnik in 1999-00 - 82 games

Ding Liren in 2017-18 - 73 games ongoing (23 wins & 50 draws)

Wesley So in 2016-17 - 67 games (25 wins & 42 draws)

Vachier Lagrave in 2015-16 - 67 games (27 wins & 40 draws)

Capablanca during 1916-24 - 63 games (40 wins & 23 draws)

Le Quang Liem in 2016-17 - 59 games (26 wins & 33 draws)

Wesley So in 2014-15 - 54 games (30 wins & 24 draws)

May-27-18  DonPepe: < indianchessupdates > thanks again.

Of the top ten streaks, Tal and Capablanca have more wins than draws. Very impressive.

Tal holds the distinction of having 2 of ten streaks. #1 & #3. Surreal.

Iím surprised not to see Karpov on the list after having several years of domination.

Thank you! < indianchessupdates >

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.
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  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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