Ding Liren: Profile, Age, Height, Achievements, And Career Stats 

We’ll talk about Ding Liren, his life and his achievements in this article along with career statistics and some interesting personal life information.

The Chinese chess grandmaster and a renowned World Chess Champion, Ding Liren, was born on 24 October 1992 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China. Ding Liren cultivated his passion for Chess at the young age of four. At age 16, Ding became the youngest person ever to win the Chinese Chess Championship. He became the first player in history to make the finals of consecutive Chess World Cups, in 2017 and 2019. Ding has represented China in all the Chess Olympiads that took place between 2012 and 2018. He also emerged as a Chinese chess champion thrice in the years 2009, 2011, and 2012. At the 2015 World Team Championships, Ding Liren also took home team gold and individual silver. 

He entered the top 10 of the FIDE world rankings in August 2015, becoming the second Chinese player after Wang Yue to do so. With a Blitz rating of 2875, he was the highest-ranked Blitz player in the world in July 2016. He qualified for a Candidates Tournament for the first time in September 2017 for China. Ding achieved a rating of 2816 in November, which qualified him for the tenth-highest rating ever and made him the first Chinese player to exceed the 2800 Elo mark in the FIDE world rankings.

Ding Liren Biography 


  • Real Name: Ding Liren
  • Nickname: Silent Storm
  • Profession: Chinese chess player
  • Nationality: Chinese 
  • Citizenship: China
  • Languages: Chinese, English
  • Net Worth: $5 million

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Ding Liren’s Physical Status 

  • Height: 1.68 m 
  • Weight: 70 Kg
  • Build: Athletic  
  • Eye color: Black
  • Hair color: Black

Ding Liren’s Personal Life  

  • Date of Birth: 24 October 1992 
  • Place of Birth: Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • School: Wenzhou Zhouyuan Elementary School, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Wenzhou High School, Zhejiang
  • College: Peking University Law School, Beijing
  • Highest Educational Qualification: Graduation in law 
  • Zodiac Sign: Scorpio    
  • Hobbies: Playing basketball and football 

Ding Liren Family Life 

  • Mother’s Name: Ye Xiaoping
  • Father’s Name: Ding Wenjun
  • Sibling’s Name: No siblings
  • Marital Status: Unmarried 
  • Affairs: N/A
  • Children’s Name: N/A

Ding Liren Chess Career 

  • Country: China 
  • Title: Grandmaster (2009)
  • World Champion: 2023–present
  • FIDE rating: 2780 (August 2023)
  • Peak rating: 2816 (November 2018)
  • Ranking: No. 4 (August 2023)
  • Peak ranking: No. 2 (November 2021

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Ding Liren’s Major Achievements 

  1. Ding Liren qualified as a Chinese Chess Champion thrice in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
  2. He was the second Chinese player after Wang Yue to enter the top 10 of the FIDE world rankings in August 2015.
  3. Ding became the pioneering Chinese player to surpass the 2800 Elo threshold on the FIDE world rankings in September 2018.
  4. In the playoffs, he defeated defending World Champion Magnus Carlsen to win the Sinquefield Cup in August 2019 with two victories and nine draws.
  5. Ding became the first Chinese player to ever claim the title of (non-Women’s) World Chess Champion after winning the 2023 World Championship match.

Here are some lesser-known facts about Ding Liren

  1. Ding Liren is an accomplished musician, proficient in playing the flute.
  2. He pursued studies in law at university alongside his chess career.
  3. Ding’s favorite chess book is “My Great Predecessors” by Garry Kasparov.
  4. He is known for practicing meditation to enhance his focus during games.
  5. Ding Liren is a fan of the popular mobile game “Honor of Kings.”

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