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PKU student Ding Liren wins the championship in 2016 China-USA Chess Grandmaster Summit

MAY . 25 2016
Peking University, May 24, 2016: The 2016 China-USA Chess Grandmaster Summit Match sees Asia No. 1 chess player, PKU law school undergraduate student Ding Liren taking on US Top 10 player Wesley So in a four-game match in Shanghai, China.

Ding Liren overtaking
Wesley So in the third round

The head coach of China’s chess team Ye Jiangchuan commented that Ding Liren has displayed great chess skills during the match. Chess professionals said that Ding’s moves can equal supercomputer and he totally deserves this championship.

Ding Liren with his trophy

Women’s world chess champion, undergraduate student Hou Yifan and chess enthusiasts in PKU’s World Chess Club payed close attention to Ding’s match. Hou Yifan was invited to explain the moves in chess game in PKU’s chess class. Before the class began, Hou was appointed as the advisory of the class by the director of
Department of Physical Education Li Ning. Hou said that she was willing to contribute to the development of the class, which served as a good platform for promoting this beautiful game. 

Hou's letter of appointment

In the class, Hou gave detailed explanation for the techniques adopted in chess using the examples of her own match and Ding’s match. Students learned a lot from her vivid and logical illustration. She also gave advice on the team competition held in the class. After the match, Hou presented award to the winners and took photos with all the students.

Students listening to Hou’s illustration

Hou taking photos with the students
PKU’s chess class has increased the content of chess culture and chess playing in its curriculum since May 2014. World champions such as Hou Yifan and Ding Liren have all given lessons in the class, giving it unique advantages over other chess classes.
Written by: Wang Zeyu
Edited by: Xiao Yunyun