Chess, Chinese Ding Liren is the new world champion

Ding Liren of China, 30, defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia 2.5-1.5 in the final tiebreaker of the 2023 Fide World Championship, becoming the first Chinese male player to win the title of world chess champion. The classic part of the match ended yesterday with a 7-7 draw. In the quick playoff, played in Astana, Kazakhstan, Liren won in the fourth half-time game after three consecutive draws.

Ding: “I want to go to Turin to see Juve”

The new world chess champion confessed in a press conference that he is a black and white fan and that he wants to go to Italy soon to watch a game and cheer on his favorite team. “One of the first things I want to do now is go to Turin to see Juventus,” said Ding Liren.

China leads the men’s and women’s championships

With his victory, China is the leader in both the men’s and women’s championships. Today the two players drew the first three games of the tiebreaker. Ding then won the last one. “I dedicate the victory to my mother, to my family, to my friends,” he declared at the press conference held in Astana. The former world champion, the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen (who relinquished the title he held since 2013) immediately congratulated his successor via Twitter, especially praising a rook move that changed the course of the game.