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Ding Liren
Ding Liren 
Photograph © copyright 2010, Emir Gamis.  
Number of games in database: 1,284
Years covered: 2001 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2791 (2836 rapid, 2788 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2801

Overall record: +245 -67 =402 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 570 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (87) 
    D37 D38 D35 D39 D31
 King's Indian (66) 
    E60 E62 E90 E97 E94
 Slav (62) 
    D17 D15 D12 D16 D11
 Grunfeld (46) 
    D70 D85 D78 D76 D90
 English, 1 c4 e5 (42) 
    A20 A29 A28 A21 A25
 Queen's Pawn Game (37) 
    E00 E10 A40 A41 D02
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (115) 
    C78 C84 C65 C89 C77
 King's Indian (74) 
    E60 E94 E63 E92 E99
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (50) 
    C84 C89 C92 C91 C90
 Sicilian (47) 
    B90 B42 B51 B22 B47
 Caro-Kann (40) 
    B12 B17 B18 B10 B11
 Semi-Slav (38) 
    D45 D43 D44 D47 D49
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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 Lu Shanglei, 2012 1-0
   Carlsen vs Ding Liren, 2019 0-1
   Yifan Hou vs Ding Liren, 2009 0-1
   Ding Liren vs E Inarkiev, 2015 1-0
   Wang Hao vs Ding Liren, 2010 0-1
   Radjabov vs Ding Liren, 2015 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chinese Championship (2009)
   Chinese Championship (2011)
   World Cup (2019)
   London Chess Classic GCT Finals (2019)
   Chinese League (2011)
   World Cup (2017)
   Magnus Carlsen Invitational (2020)
   Cappelle-la-Grande (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Chessable Masters (2020)
   Tata Steel Masters (2015)
   Chinese Chess League (2016)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Chinese Chess League (2017)
   Legends of Chess (2020)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2020 The Corona Beer & Black Bears Matter More by fredthebear
   FIDE World Cup 2019 by jcgandjc
   Caro-Kann by Gerareis

   🏆 World Championship Candidates 2020/21
   Ding Liren vs Nepomniachtchi (Apr-27-21) 1-0
   K Alekseenko vs Ding Liren (Apr-26-21) 0-1
   Ding Liren vs Grischuk (Apr-24-21) 1-0
   A Giri vs Ding Liren (Apr-23-21) 1-0
   Caruana vs Ding Liren (Apr-21-21) 1/2-1/2

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(born Oct-24-1992, 28 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 Lirens 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 52; games 1-25 of 1,284  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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Jul-18-19  rogge: Yeah, he's in the 2.7K club right now
Jul-24-19  fisayo123: I hope Ding can improve his conversion because he gets a lot of winning / close to winning positions and sometimes can't close the show. I don't know if he has issues with his stamina or concentration. Maybe some more time spent in the gym improving his physical condition. Surely if he improved on his conversion he will be the clear world number 2.
Jul-25-19  starry2013: Ding admitted a month or so ago that he was tired and needed rest, but he still had other things on his schedule.
Aug-16-19  ex0duz: <Pyrandus: Good Morning! Ding "Liren"? In the chinese Languege (langue chinoise) do not exists the voice "R". Why "liRen"?>

Japanese is the one you're thinking of, but they change the L to R sounds.

Chinese(mandarin) has both L and R sounds, and Cantonese(hk etc) has sounds that don't exist in English language.

Beijing mandarin actually has hard deep/rolling R similar to Italian

Aug-27-19  The Boomerang: Great game versus Caruana, many 1st choice Stockfish 10 moves in a row, suberb calculation and precision.

Genuine threat to the title.

Aug-30-19  fisayo123: Congratulations to Ding on a great performance in St Louis rapid and blitz and in the Sinquefield Cup. Hopefully more to come for the future.
Aug-30-19  markz: Ding Ding Ding :-)
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  Pulo y Gata: A tiny dark object came sailing out of the window and landed at the giant's feet. Polybotes yelled, "Grenade!" He covered his face. His troops hit the ground.
When the thing did not explode, Polybotes bent down cautiously and picked it up. He roared in outrage. "A Ding Dong? You dare insult me with a Ding Dong?" He threw the cake back at the shop, and it vaporized in the light. ― Rick Riordan, The Son of Neptune
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  Pulo y Gata: Its often said when a baby is born so is a grandparent; well, for me it turned out that when I was born it was also the birth of a Ding Dong. ― Lisa A. Tortorello, My Hero, My Ding: A Memoir of a Girl and Her Grandfather
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  Pulo y Gata:
Sep-02-19  parisattack: We can't be too far off a book of Ding's games. He has been playing some great chess for 10+ years.

I liked his play as far back as 2009-10:

Yes, wasting away in China somewhere. If they don't get a lot of hard international experience early - they are doomed. I wish I was a rich man, I'd sponsor the kid as I think he has a special talent and touch.>

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  wordfunph: <jimmy77: It is possible that Yu will "prevail" in the semi-finals, enabling China to have two players in the Candidates tournament next year.>

This lowlife is suggesting that the chinese will fix the results of their match, as if they are cheats like his idol

Dec-07-19  KnightVBishop: What does Ding lack to reach Magnus tier?
Dec-07-19  Carrots and Pizza: <KnightVBishop: What does Ding lack to reach Magnus tier?>

We don't know that he lacks anything, for he might beat Magnus in the years to come, sooner even rather than later. He's a very tough opponent for anyone, even Magnus.

Dec-08-19  markz: Congrats Ding to win GCT!
Jan-31-20  starry2013: interview

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  moronovich: Thanks for the link <starry 2013> !
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  Kurakotsaba: Is Ding in the Candidates matches?
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  MissScarlett: No, but he's in the Candidates' Tournament.
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  Kurakotsaba: 👍👍👍👍
Feb-08-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Both DIng and M Wang Hao's prep being interrupted due to the Coronavirus

They might not be allowed to travel to the event.

(I suppose they could play online with very strict arbiting conditions at both ends.)


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  MissScarlett: Ding, King of Bantz:
Apr-23-21  Whitehat1963: Apparently, not quite ready for prime time. So far, hes the only player at the Candidates tournament with four losses.
Apr-23-21  fisayo123: There are mitigating circumstances to his performance, namely the COVID pandemic initially broke out in his country and he had to be quarantined multiple times in multiple locations which derailed his preparation.

The Ding in the 1st half was unrecognisable but the Ding in the 2nd half is more of the player we've seen in the last few years. Despite the -1 , the quality of his play against MVL, Caruana and Giri (other than a 1 move oversight) was impressive.

Still, he's 28 and it's absurd to right him off. There is going to be another Candidates tournament in 2022 and I'm sure he'll have regained his focus by then.

Apr-23-21  Whitehat1963: Im not writing him off. Hes an excellent player, of course. Im just wondering if he has Ivanchuk-Aronian disease. Which is to say, hes a great player who might not perform his best when it matters most.
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