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Ding Liren is World Chess Champion 2023!

Ding Liren is the 2023 World Chess Champion. Ding Liren ends a 10 years reign by Magnus Carlsen, after an exciting World Chess Championship match with Ian Nepomniachtchi that concluded with a tiebreak. Congratulations Ding Liren!
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Ding Liren’s way to the World Chess Champion 2023 title

After FIDE’s ban on Sergey Karjakin for 6 months, a replacement for the Russian player at the Candiadates Chess 2022 was needed. By the current regulations, the player to enter the event will be selected by rating – considering the FIDE rating list published on May 1 (something that Anish Giri vigorously protested in an interview during the ongoing Grand Prix in Berlin). The best Chinese chess player started his journey of 28 standard games on March 27th and finished the marathon on April 24th. The Chinese Chess Association organized a 4-player quadruple round-robin in Hangzhou (12 games) (see the report here); a 6-game match against Wei Yi (6 games); and finally a 10-round qualifier to the Asian Games (10 games). Completing 28 games with an impressive score of 20.5 points (13 victories, 15 draws and no loss), Ding Liren finished the quest of 26 games and became eligible to take Karjakin’s place in the Candidates.

In the Candidates event Ding Liren finished second after Nepo, which was achieved by a victory vs Nakamura in the last round. The biggest Chinese Sports channel CCTV-5 broadcasts the FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament 2022 live, supporting their countryman Ding Liren on the road to World Chess Championship Match. More than a million people daily followed Liren’s games from Palacio Santona, Madrid.

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