Ding Liren

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Ding Liren
Ding Liren 1, Candidates Tournament 2018.jpg
Ding at the 2018 Candidates Tournament
Full name Ding Liren
Country China
Born (1992-10-24) 24 October 1992 (age 25)
Wenzhou, Zhejiang
Title Grandmaster (2009)[1]
FIDE rating 2804 (October 2018)
Peak rating 2804 (September 2018)
Ranking No. 4 (June 2018)
Peak ranking No. 4 (June 2018)
Ding Liren
Chinese 丁立人

Ding Liren (born 24 October 1992) is a Chinese chess grandmaster. He is a three-time Chinese Chess Champion.

As of October 2018, Ding holds a 94-game unbeaten streak in classical chess; he has not been defeated since 9 August 2017, recording 28 victories and 66 draws.[2]


Ding is a three-time Chinese Chess Champion (2009, 2011, 2012) and has thrice represented China at Chess Olympiads winning team gold medals in 2014 and 2018 and individual bronze and gold medals in 2014 and 2018 respectively. He also won team gold and individual silver at the World Team Championships in 2015.

In August 2015, he became the second Chinese player after Wang Yue to break into the top 10 of the FIDE world rankings. In July 2016, he was highest rated Blitz player in the world. As of September 2018, Ding's peak rating of 2804 is the highest rating that any Chinese player has ever attained. As of October 2018, Ding's live peak rating is 2815.5, the 12th highest rated player of all time.

In September 2017, he became the first Chinese player to qualify for a Candidates Tournament, the penultimate stage in the World Championship. He placed clear 4th with +1−0=13, the only candidate without a loss at the event.

As of 2018, he became the first Chinese player to pass the 2800 Elo mark on the FIDE rating list, with an ELO of 2804.


Ding Liren attended Chant Garden Elementary School in Wenzhou, Zhejiang. Ding also attended Wenzhou High School and Law School of Peking University.[citation needed]



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  10. ^ "Vachier-Lagrave tops SPICE Cup".
  11. ^ "Aronian and Gelfand win Alekhine Memorial 2013". ChessBase News. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  12. ^ (PeterDoggers), Peter Doggers. "Convincing Win For Ding Liren In Shenzhen - Chess.com". Chess.com. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  13. ^ "Ding Liren Wins Moscow Grand Prix". FIDE. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  14. ^ "World Championship Candidates (2018)". Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  15. ^ Staff writer(s) (28 April 2018). "Results: Cross Table". Shamkir Chess.

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Preceded by
Ni Hua
Wang Hao
Chinese Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Wei Yi