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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Liren Ding.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.

a)
Ding vs Christian Cruz, Heraklio, 2002
1r4k1/3n1r1p/R3p1p1/2p5/2Q1N3/1q4PP/1b2PPB1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxb3 Rxb3 Ng5 if Re7 Ra7 ]

b)
Ding vs Wang Rui, Shandong, 2007
7r/1pqnkpp1/p1p1p1p1/2Pp3r/3P1P1b/2N1PQ1P/PP1B2P1/2R2K1R w - - 0 1
[ g3 Bf6 g4 Rh4 g5 ]

c)
Ding vs Li Shilong, Beijing, 2010
r4rk1/pp2p3/5pP1/n1pP2p1/q3P3/5Q2/P3KPP1/1R5R w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Kg7 Rh7+ Kg8 Qf5 mates ]

d)
Ding vs Anton Filippov, Manila, 2010
1k1r4/1b1r1p2/2p1pP1P/pp6/2pb4/P1N3P1/1P1R1PB1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd4 Rxd4 Rxd4 Rxd4 Nd5 ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Liren Ding vs Daniele Vocaturo, Moscow, 2/10/2011
3r1k2/pp2R2Q/3P2p1/2pb3n/6r1/8/PPB2K2/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ Bg8 Qh6+ ]


mate in 3
Liren Ding vs Daniele Vocaturo

Liren Ding Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Liren Ding vs Zhonghan Ma, Ningbo, 2011
6r1/r5PR/2p3R1/2Pk1n2/3p4/1P1NP3/4K3/8 w - - 1 0
[ e4+ Kxe4 Re6+ ]

b)
Liren Ding vs Hao Wang, Ningbo, 2011
3r2r1/p3Rbk1/5q2/3P2p1/P2Q2P1/2p2p2/8/4RBK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8 if fxe3 Rxf8+ Kg7 Ne6+ mates or if Qf6 Rxf8+ Qxf8 Qe5+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Krikor Mekhitarian vs Liren Ding, Moscow, 2011
5bk1/1r4r1/3p4/1NpPp1q1/2P1P3/5p2/PR1Qb1P1/1R3BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg2+ Bxg2 Rxg2+ Kh1 Rh7+ ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Shilong Li vs Liren Ding, Xinghua Jiangsu, 2011
6k1/5p2/5Ppq/2pP4/1pNbP1K1/5QP1/8/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh5+ Kf4 g5+ Kf5 Qxf3+ Kxg5 Bxf6+ ]

e)
Deshun Xiu vs Liren Ding, Xinghua Jiangsu, 2011
5rk1/5p2/1q2b1p1/p3bp1p/2B4P/1P3P2/P2Q2P1/1KR4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd8 if Bd3 Bxb3 or if Qe2 Qd4 ]


Liren Ding vs Hao Wang

Liren Ding Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Yijie Lu vs Liren Ding, Hefei, 2011
r1b1kb1r/3q1ppp/4p3/2NnP3/p1R5/2P2Q2/1P4PP/1NBR2K1 b kq - 0 1
[ ...Qb5 ]

b)
Liren Ding vs Rui Gao, Cappelle la Grande, 2014
5b1k/1p5p/6p1/p5N1/5prP/P3Q2K/1q3N2/3R4 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8 if fxe3 Rxf8+ mates ]

c)
Thorsten-Michael Haub vs Liren Ding, Cappelle la Grande, 2014
5k2/r5pp/8/1B3p2/2nP4/rp4PP/5P2/1R2R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2 if Re8+ Kf7 Rb2 Ra2 or if Rbe1 b2 ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
R S Kalugampitiya vs Liren Ding, Tabriz, 2014
2B2r1k/bp4p1/pq1p3p/7Q/P3P3/2Pn4/1P1N2PP/R4R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg1+ ]

e)
Shanglei Lu vs Liren Ding, Danzhou, 2017
7k/6p1/7p/8/1R5K/p1P3QP/5q2/8 b - - 0 1
[ 1...g5+ 2.Kg4 h5+ ]


mate in 4
Jinshi Bai vs Liren Ding

Liren Ding Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Jinshi Bai vs Liren Ding, China, 2017
7r/pQ2bN1k/2n3b1/6B1/2P1n1K1/4P2P/P4rP1/5B1R b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ne5+ 2.Nxe5 Bf5+ 3.Kh5 Kg7+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Liren Ding vs Santosh Gujrathi Vidit, Liaocheng, 2018
r3n1k1/3b1p1p/1q3BpQ/2p5/P3N3/1P3P2/6PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ 1.Be7 if 1...Nf6 2.Nxf6+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Liren Ding vs Dmitry Jakovenko, Shenzhen, 2019
4B1k1/1r5p/pp4pP/2p1Q3/P2r1P2/6P1/b6K/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bd7 ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Fabiano Caruana vs Liren Ding, Saint Louis, 2019
2k3rr/1p6/p1nbpp2/3p4/3PnP1p/2PNqR2/PP4B1/2RQN2K b - - 0 1
[ 1...h3 if 2.Rxe3 hxg2+ or if 2.Rg3 hxg2+ ]

e)
Liren Ding vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, London, 2019
3q1k2/8/3pB2n/2pPp2R/4Pp2/3P4/pr3P1P/6QK w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rf5+ ]


mate in 4
Liren Ding vs Santosh Gujrathi Vidit


Chinese GMs
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