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Ding Liren
Ding Liren 
Photo by Emir Gamis 
Number of games in database: 1,460
Years covered: 2001 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2791 (2836 rapid, 2788 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2816

Overall record: +266 -75 =433 (62.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 686 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (97) 
    D37 D38 D35 D39 D31
 King's Indian (71) 
    E60 E62 E90 E97 E63
 Slav (64) 
    D17 D12 D15 D16 D11
 Grunfeld (53) 
    D70 D85 D78 D76 D97
 English, 1 c4 e5 (50) 
    A20 A29 A28 A22 A25
 Catalan (46) 
    E06 E01 E04 E02 E05
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (122) 
    C78 C84 C65 C77 C89
 King's Indian (75) 
    E60 E94 E63 E99 E81
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (52) 
    C84 C89 C92 C91 C90
 Sicilian (52) 
    B90 B51 B42 B22 B52
 Caro-Kann (45) 
    B12 B17 B18 B10 B13
 Queen's Pawn Game (42) 
    D02 E10 A45 E00 D04
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Bai vs Ding Liren, 2017 0-1
   Ding Liren vs Aronian, 2013 1-0
   Kamsky vs Ding Liren, 2011 0-1
   Ding Liren vs Ni Hua, 2009 1-0
   Carlsen vs Ding Liren, 2019 0-1
   Ding Liren vs Lu Shanglei, 2012 1-0
   Yifan Hou vs Ding Liren, 2009 0-1
   Ding Liren vs E Inarkiev, 2015 1-0
   Wang Hao vs Ding Liren, 2010 0-1
   Ding Liren vs Caruana, 2019 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chinese Championship (2011)
   Chinese Championship (2009)
   World Cup (2019)
   Chessable Masters (2022)
   Chinese League (2011)
   World Cup (2017)
   Magnus Carlsen Invitational (2020)
   London Chess Classic GCT Finals (2019)
   Cappelle-la-Grande Open (2014)
   Chessable Masters (2020)
   Charity Cup (2022)
   Chinese Chess League (2016)
   Tata Steel Masters (2015)
   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
   Ding Liren 1. d4 by OnlyYou
   Caro-Kann by Gerareis

   🏆 FIDE Candidates
   Ding Liren vs Nakamura (Jul-04-22) 1-0
   Firouzja vs Ding Liren (Jul-03-22) 1/2-1/2
   Ding Liren vs Radjabov (Jul-01-22) 0-1
   Caruana vs Ding Liren (Jun-30-22) 0-1
   Rapport vs Ding Liren (Jun-29-22) 0-1

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(born Oct-24-1992, 29 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 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.

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 59; games 1-25 of 1,466  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. L Bregadze vs Ding Liren  0-1602002Wch U10E81 King's Indian, Samisch
11. Ding Liren vs So 1-0232004Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
12. Ding Liren vs S Sjugirov  1-0702004Wch U12A05 Reti Opening
13. Ni Hua vs Ding Liren  ½-½292008TCh-CHN AC10 French
14. Motylev vs Ding Liren  1-0462008TCh-CHN Torch Real Estate CupC10 French
15. Zhou Jianchao vs Ding Liren  ½-½6620098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
16. Ding Liren vs Negi  ½-½3020098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
17. Ding Liren vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½7320098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
18. Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs Ding Liren  ½-½6520098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
19. Ding Liren vs H Abdullah  1-03420098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
20. D Khamrakulov vs Ding Liren  0-16120098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipC00 French Defense
21. Ding Liren vs E Hossain 1-04320098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Le Quang Liem vs Ding Liren  ½-½2020098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
23. Sasikiran vs Ding Liren  1-04320098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
24. Ding Liren vs A Filippov  ½-½6620098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
25. Ding Liren vs A Gupta 0-15020098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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Apr-14-22  tuttifrutty: < MissScarlett: The Chinese are fixing world chess.>

It’s called cheating. Besides Ding don’t have much to show for except beating 2500 on the road to the candidates.

Apr-16-22  ndg2: The 2500 to 2600 GMs in the two tournaments were / are of course no match for Ding. Wei Li however, was in another category. I don't understand Wei's one loss though. Looked like he threw the game.
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  whiteshark: <Looked like he threw the game.> To me, it looks more like he was outplayed positionally.
Apr-17-22  et1: Very fast game ! What is happening here ?
Apr-25-22  cplyakap: Cheating in chess means pre-arranged games or taking computer assistance.

Ding is still leader of highest rating qualifier before that three Chinese events. His only deficient is, he did not complete at least 30 rated classsical games. Thus, he participated that three event and complete that games. His aim isn't boosting his rating. Aronian was 2781, Ding was 2799 before that events. He doesn't need to gain rating for qualifying candidates. Everything seems legal, because of that.

Apr-25-22  Petrosianic: It is all legal, unfortunately (I'd rather see Aronian).

Mostly people just want to kvetch. One guy on another site was saying that they should simply refuse to rate the games, or at least not rate all of them. His rationale was that we should consider the tournaments as a series of 4-game matches, then not rate the last game of each one (because the match was already decided).

Of course, that wouldn't help because there's such a thing as a match of fixed length, rather than first to so many points. And even Game 24 of the 1990 match was rated, although the outcome of the match was already settled.

A lot of other people were insisting that the games were "fake", but backed off at the suggestion that anything other than griping should actually be done about it. If somebody threw games to Ding, that's actionable. But try proving it. (I don't think it happened, so I don't want to even try).

Apr-25-22  Petrosianic: <MissScarlett: Imagine if he storms into the Candidates, picking up 50 ELO points into the bargain as the deferential opposition crumbles before him, and then Karjakin wins his appeal. I, for one, would laugh.>

Yeah, but you've got no sense of humor. The fact that they're going to the trouble of arranging all the games shows they're pretty confident that won't happen. All the facts are public knowledge. Unless there's some massively extenuating circumstances, like Karjakin had a gun to his head while he was cheering Ukrainian deaths, there's not much basis for an appeal. He even lied about FIDE after the verdict, claiming that they'd crossed some new line between chess and politics, when in fact players have been sanctioned for this kind of thing before. Generally one doesn't lie about the judge if they have any hope of gaining his favor.

Apr-25-22  Olavi: <Petrosianic> Why would you rather see Aronian? Ding is more deserving at the moment, although of course he has been away from the board for some time, through no fault of his own.

Re your second comment, I think it's quite possible that Karjakin didn't lie, I think it's possible that he simply didn't know about South Africa related things. But that's only me, disappointed for a long time about young top players and their knowledge of the chess heritage.

Apr-26-22  Petrosianic: <Olavi>: <Petrosianic> <Why would you rather see Aronian?>

Not because Aronian is more deserving, I just like him a little more. Also, Aronian is older, and so has less time left to become champion, assuming it isn't too late for him already.

<I think it's quite possible that Karjakin didn't lie, I think it's possible that he simply didn't know about South Africa related things. But that's only me, disappointed for a long time about young top players and their knowledge of the chess heritage.>

He might have just said something without knowing if it was true or not. (In fact, it wasn't). A lot of people see Karjakin as a schemer who knew his time was past, and came up with a way to get booted so he wouldn't lose face, et cetera. I don't really think so. I think the truth is just as simple as that since he himself is Ukrainian, he wanted to make very sure that people knew he was loyal to his new country, and overdid it. He probably didn't take possible action by the Ethics Committee into consideration at all until it was too late,

Apr-28-22  cplyakap: His peak is also 2816, not 2801.
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  Stonehenge: Please stop spamming and learn to read:

It says <Highest rating achieved in database>.

It's all about those last two words.

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  MissScarlett: If <cplyakap> was a premium member, he'd be welcome to spam the site.
May-02-22  Albertan: Ding Liren World no. 2 on May 2022 FIDE rating list:

May-09-22  Albertan: Meet the 2022 Candidates:

May-16-22  cplyakap: <Stonehenge> I know that. But you don't understand it isn't about those last two words. It is only about neglection.

Giri vs Ding Liren, 2018

Shenzhen Masters (2018)

For example, his rating was 2816 in that game and event.

May-16-22  Albertan: Ding Liren officially in the Candidates as FIDE announces participants:

May-17-22  Petrosianic: It's still possible that the Committee of Arbitration for Sport might overturn it, but probably not very likely.
May-18-22  Albertan: Ding Liren confirmed to play in the Candidates:

This article includes the pairings for all 14-rounds of the Candidates Tournament.

Jun-12-22  Albertan: “Kasparov says Ding Liren is the favorite to win the Candidates.”:

Jun-13-22  Albertan: All set for the event of the year:the Candidates Tournament:

Jun-14-22  Albertan: Who will win the Candidates? The case for each player:

Jun-14-22  Albertan: Candidates Chess 2022:Predictions and possible outcomes:

Jul-21-22  offramp:

The Chinese will move mountains to get their guy into the top seat. Ding will be the world champion.

Nepo will be a two-time failure.

The match will be a bit like Karpov - Korchnoi Candidates Final (1974). with Ding playing the role of Karpov.

And similar to Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978), where Korchnoi is the two-timer loser.

Put money on Ding!

Jul-23-22  SChesshevsky: <...The Chinese will move mountains to get their guy into the top seat...>

I'm not sure. Seems 8 to 5 years back, China had a program to advance in western chess. And seemed pretty successful. Now, get the feeling that initiative might have come to a halt. Seems they haven't tried to bring any new faces forward over the last few years. Now they dropped out of the Olympiad.

Maybe they are pushing their homegrown version and down playing western. That would be a shame for Ding. Who rightfully deserves top notch publicity and support in his home country.

Will be interesting to see how Chinese interest in Nepom-Ding plays out.

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  ChessHigherCat: I suspect they were building a museum dedicated to Ding but it was repurposed to serve as the Xi Jinping COVID Hero Museum:
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