The highest rated Chinese player ever and only the second player from China (after Wang Yue) to break into the world’s top 10. At the age of 16, he became the youngest person ever to win the title of Chinese Champion. Ding has since won this title twice more in both 2011 and 2012. In the 2015 Tata Steel Tournament, Ding finished in a tie for second place just half a point behind World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Ding was part of the gold medal-winning Chinese national team at the 2014 Chess Olympiad and earned Ding an individual bronze medal. Most recently, Ding received second at the World Cup and will be playing in the Candidates Tournament in 2018.