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PKU Student Ding Liren wins Moscow Grand Prix and Alumni Hou Yifan Ties for the Third

MAY . 29 2017
Peking University, May 27, 2017: On the evening of May, 21, Beijing Time, the last round of 2017 men’s series of World Chess Federation (FIDE) Grand Prix and the world champion candidates qualifying tournament in Moscow rang down the curtain. China’s top player, Peking University student Ding Liren, using black chessmen defeat former world chess runner-up, the Israeli international grandmaster Gelfand and won the competition with 3 wins, 6 ties and total 6 points.

The news published in World Chess Federation Website

Trophy and Medal awarding

After this tournament, Ding’s world championship candidates qualifying score has reached 240 points, ranking the second place of all 24 world-class masters. If he keeps the momentum to play well in the last leg of the tournament in November, hopefully Ding will become the first Chinese player to enter the world championship candidate tournament. Besides, Ding’s chess score has reached 2784.6 points. It’s expected that he will refresh his own national chess grade record in recent days.

Winning four women’s chess world champion, Peking University alumni Hou Yifan also participated in the tournament and performed well. She not only beat the European men’s champion Inarkiev once again in the final round, tied for the third place with 3 wins, 4 ties, 2 losses and total 5 scores, but also had won the Russian champion Nepomniachi in the first round of the competition before. Besides, lately she broke even with the world chess king Carlson, beat the world men’s third Caruana and created the record that a female player won a male player in the world grade score. With these amazing performances, Hou has won wide attention and praise from the world chess community.

Ding Liren and Hou Yifan

Written by:
Liang Youle
Edited by: Wang Chengsiou
Source: PKU News (Chinese)