Ding Liren

8 Facts about Ding Liren

Ding Liren is a World Champion and a Chess Grandmaster. He was born in China. In this article, we will talk about Facts about Ding Liren.

Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

Facts about Ding Liren

Following is a tabular form of data about Ding Liren for quick understanding.

Date of Birth24 October 1992
Birth CityWenzhou, China
World Championship Title2023
Chinese Championship Years2009, 2011, 2012
Peak Rating2816
Who is the best Chinese chess player in the world?Ding Liren
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17th World Champion

Ding Liren became the 17th World Chess Champion after beating GM Ian Neponmiatchtchi in the World Chess Championship 2023. Ding won this match in a rapid tie-break in game 4.

He achieved this at the age of 30.

First Chinese to cross 2800

Ding became the first Chinese chess player to cross the 2800 rating. Many chess players crossed the 2800 rating before him, including GM Magnus Carlsen, GM Vishy Anand, GM Garry Kasparov, GM Hikaru Nakamura, etc.

100 Games without any loss

Ding’s 100-game streak is very much famous in itself. He hasn’t lost a single chess game in classical chess in 100 games. This streak was the longest in chess history at the top level until world champion Magnus Carlsen did it in 2019. In chess, not losing a chess game in 100 games is extremely difficult.

Born in China

Ding Liren was born in China in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China, on 24th Oct 1992. Wenzhou is a city in Zhejiang province. Ding can speak fluent Chinese.
It’s not clear how people follow Ding in China. But he is quite a popular figure in Chinese chess.

No tournaments during covid

Because of covid 19, Ding Liren is not able to play chess tournaments in Europe. The main reason is restrictions by Western countries on China.

Because of this, he suffered a huge time loss in his career. Even though he played various chess events online, the timing was very weird for him. For example, he played one tournament at midnight as many of the players were from Europe, and the organizers adjusted the time according to them.

Unique selection to Candidates 2023

Ding was not supposed to play Candidates 2023. The main candidate was GM Sergey Karjakin. Due to his opinions on the case between Russia and Ukraine, Sergey got banned for a few months from competitive chess, and hence, FIDE decided to take 2nd best chess player according to rating. That’s how Ding got a spot in the Candidates 2023.

Photo Chinese Chess Association.

3 Times Chinese Champion

Ding won a Chinese chess championship in 2009, 2011, and 2012. China is one of the strongest chess nations, and winning three times (Almost in a row) is a huge thing for a chess player.

No Social Accounts

Ding is not active, or in fact, he doesn’t have any official account on social account. Almost every top chess player has accounts on social media except Ding Liren and GM So Wesley.

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