Ding Liren advances China’s move on men’s chess through Fide Grand Prix

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The Chinese are coming. Western chess is highly valued in Beijing, where sports officials long ago set up a national plan to establish their players at the pinnacle of the game. Already China has for decades dominated women’s events, where Hou Yifan is the all-time No2 while Tan Zhongyi is the latest in a long line of Chinese world champions.

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