CBM #210 "Special": Ding Liren

by ChessBase
10/31/2022 – Next year Ding Liren will play Ian Nepomniachtchi in a match for the World Championship title. Magnus Carlsen's withdrawal and Ding's second place in the 2022 Candidates Tournament made it possible. High time to take a closer look at the top player from China and especially his playing skills in ChessBase Magazine! In the current issue our authors comment on their favourite game of the Chinese player. In addition, "Ding Liren's Positional Play" (Mihail Marin's strategy column incl. video) and "Endgame Highlights of Ding Liren" (by Karsten Müller, also with a video) are awaiting you. You can enjoy Romain Edouard's analysis of the game Ding Liren - Sergei Movsesian from the World Cup 2019 in full here!

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CBM #210 "Special": Ding Liren

Ding Liren was born in 1992 in the Chinese metropolis of Wenzhou (where the former world champion Zhu Chen also comes from). Ding learned to play chess at the age of four. In 2009, he sensationally won the Chinese Individual Championship as an untitled player, with an Elo performance of 2812 points! Six years later, Ding broke into the world's top ten. From August 2017, he went undefeated in 100 games of classical chess over a 14-month period (a previously unrivalled streak), and in 2018 he achieved the tenth-highest Elo rating of all time at 2816. The following year, Ding won the Sinquefield Cup and the final of the Grand Chess Tour in London, among others.

The now 30-year-old took part in several Candidates tournaments and, with his second place in the Madrid 2022 tournament, won the right to play a match against Ian Nepomniachtchi in 2023 for the world championship title, which is vacant due to Magnus Carlsen's retirement. We invited our authors for this issue to comment on their favourite games of Ding Liren, so that our readers can form their own impression of the style of the newly crowned World Championship candidate. This has resulted in an exclusive collection of many extensively annotated games from the period from 2009 to 2021.

Ding Liren - Sergei Movsesian

FIDE World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk (2019)

Romain Edouard comments

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nf3

5.Nc3 is the most common move order, but there's nothing wrong with the text.

5...Nc6 5...e4? 6.Qa4+ just wins a pawn.

6.0–0 Nb6 7.b3!? The point of not having played Nc3 - White will now place the b1–knight on d2 and keep his dark-squared bishop's diagonal open.

7...Bd6

7...e4?! 8.Ne1! f5 9.Nc3 followed by d3.

8.Bb2 0–0 9.d3 Qe7 10.Nbd2 Ba3 11.Bxa3 Qxa3 12.Qc1 Qe7 12...Qxc1 13.Rfxc1 would be a disastrous endgame for Black, e.g. 13...f6 14.Ne1 Bd7 15.b4

13.Qb2 Bg4?! Generally speaking the bishop doesn't have much to do there. 13...a5 looked more normal, still after 14.a3 it is difficult to find a pleasant setup for Black.

14.Rac1 14.Rfc1 was probably stronger, with fun ideas like 14...Rad8 15.a4!? a5 16.Rxc6 bxc6 17.Nxe5 and White is better.

14...Rad8 15.Rfe1 Rfe8 16.a3 a5 17.b4 axb4 18.axb4

18...Nd4? This tempting move just loses a pawn for free.

18...Rd5 or 18...Na7 were the two best moves, but White's position is definitely pleasant. It is highly probably that Nh4 will be played at some point.

19.Nxd4 exd4 20.Bxb7 Na4 20...c5? 21.Bc6+– (21.bxc5+–)

21.Qc2 Nc3 22.Bf3!

Perfection.

22.Bc6?! Nxe2+ 23.Kg2! Qe6 24.Bxe8 Rxe8 would give Black good chances.

22...h5 22...Bxf3 23.Nxf3 Nxe2+ 24.Kg2! and Black is just dead lost. (24.Kf1? Qf6)

23.Bxg4 hxg4 24.Nb3! c5 24...Nxe2+ 25.Kf1 Qf6 (25...Qxb4 26.Rxe2 Rxe2 27.Kxe2 Qb7 is surely the best practical try, still after 28.Re1 the white king will run to the queenside and White is just completely winning.) 26.Rxe2 Qf3 27.Rxe8+ Rxe8 28.Qc6!+– A crucial move, which Movsesian tried to prevent in the game.

25.bxc5! Nxe2+ 26.Kf1 Qf6 27.Rxe2 Qf3 28.Rxe8+! Rxe8 29.Kg1 Re2 30.Qxe2! But now White has a fabulous passed pawn on c5 and can just sac his queen!

30...Qxe2 31.c6 It's all over: 31.c6 Qe6 32.c7 Qc8 33.Nxd4 followed by Nb5, Na7. 1–0

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Highlights of ChessBase Magazine #210

A rich training programme awaits you in ChessBase Magazine #210! The editors have put together a selection for you as a special recommendation on the Start page:

Chess Olympiad 2022: Review with analyses of more than 20 participants and Ivan Sokolov's contribution "Steps to Gold" - "Special" on the new World Championship candidate Ding Liren: exclusive collection of 18 annotated games + contributions on strategy and endgame - "The Indian Gambit": Daniel King presents a fresh and exciting idea in the English Opening: 1.c4 e5 2.Sc3 Sf6 3.Sf3 e4 4.Sg5 c6!? (Video) - "Practical Tips for the Tournament Player" Episode 3: How to play against a stronger opponent (Video by Jan Markos + small collection of exercises) - "Full Throttle in the Open Spanish": Robert Ris examines the highly topical Dilworth Variation and much more.

Special: Ding Liren

CBM authors analyse their favourite games of the top player from China. Look forward to an exclusive collection of 18 annotated games!

Top games and master analyses 

Chess Olympiad 2022: The major event of the year with 186 teams in the Open Tournament is the focus of this issue. Over 20 participants comment on their best games from Chennai in this issue, including Praggnanandhaa, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Arjun Erigaisi, Jules Moussard, Luke McShane, Pentala Harikrishna, Matthias Blübaum, Maxime Lagarde, Rasmus Svane, Viktor Erdos, the silver medal team from Armenia and the gold medallists in the women's tournament, Anna and Mariya Muzychuk. Moreover, the coach of the winning Uzbek team, Ivan Sokolov, presents highlights of his young team in his article "Steps to Gold".

Practical tips for the Tournament Player

How would you behave if you encountered a bear in the forest? Correct: You try not to panic. What you need is a plan. And it's the same in chess when you have to play against a much stronger opponent! In the third part of his series, GM Jan Markos presents three strategies for this kind of situation in the video and rounds off his contribution with a small collection of exercises.

Move by Move

The game Gukesh-Abdusattorov played a key role in the fight for medals in Chennai. Replay it in the interactive training format with IM Robert Ris!

All in one

New opening ideas explained on the basis of one game with detailed commentary. In this issue: King's Indian (Imre Hera) and English (Tanmay Srinath).

Opening videos

Daniel King presents a fresh and exciting gambit in the English Opening. Jan Werle explains positional ideas in the Rubinstein Variation of the Nimzo Indian. And Mihail Marin has come across the novelty 14...a5! in a game of the Benoni expert Aleksandar Indjic at the Olympiad.

Daniel King: English – "The Indian Gambit"
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 e4 4.Ng5 c6!?
Jan Werle: Nimzo Indian
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 Be7 8.Bd3 0-0 9.Nge2 Re8 10.Qc2 Nbd7 11.f3 b5
Mihail Marin: Benoni
7.h3 Bg7 8.e4 0-0 9.Be3 Re8 10.Nd2 a6 11.a4 Nxe4 12.Ncxe4 f5 13.Be2 fxe4 14.Nc4 a5!

New ideas for your repertoire

ChessBase Magazine #210 covers the usual broad spectrum with 10 fresh opening articles:

Roven Vogel: English 1.c4 e5 2.g3 f5 3.Bg2 Be7
Martin Lorenzini: Scandinavian 3...Qa5 and 6.Ne5 (II)
Patrick Zelbel: Modern Defence 4...a6 5.g4
Petra Papp: Grivas Sicilian 4...Qb6 5.Nb3 Nf6 6.Nc3 e6
Krisztian Szabo: Sicilian O’Kelly Variation (Part I) 3.d4/3.c3
Sergey Grigoriants: Philidor Defence 6.Bf4
Robert Ris: Open Ruy Lopez Dilworth
Evgeny Postny: Botvinnik Variation 12.h4
Alexey Kuzmin: Nimzoindian 4.e3 0–0 5.Bd3 d5 6.a3
Andrey Sumets: Catalan 5.Bg2 a6 6.0-0 Nc6 7.Qd2

Opening traps

"From the London System to the Ruy Lopez". The expert Rainer Knaak presents eight traps with detailed analyses and three videos.

"Ding Liren‘s positional play"

Mihail Marin sheds light on aspects of Ding's play - his “typical rook lifts” and also his play with the pawns. Incl. video introduction and many training exercises.

New series: Modern Classics

Dorian Rogozenco starts his new series in a befitting manner - Bobby Fischer himself described the 7th game against Petrosian as the best of their 1971 Candidates Match.

Tactics: "Attacking Knights”

Oliver Reeh's yield from the Chess Olympiad is abundant: 41 games, peppered with many tactical exercises, await you. Don't miss the chance to solve his favourite combinations, move by move in interactive video format!

"Endgame highlights by Ding Liren" and much more!

This issue offers no less than four articles by Karsten Mueller. In addition to the article on Ding Liren, the expert also presents the most beautiful endgames from the 2022 Chess Olympiad. Moreover, Mueller provides a collection of training tasks and answers the letters to the editor in detail as usual.

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