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In recent years, China and India have become chess super-powers, challenging such countries as Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Armenia and the US. China now has seven players in the world's top-50 rating-list and only Russia is ahead of it with 13 players. China won the 2014 Chess Olympiad, while India came third. Therefore the friendly match between India and China, which is in progress in Hyderabad, is of a great interest. There are four players on each team. Halfway through the match, it was tied at 8-8. I'd like to show one game from this event, won by GM Ding Liren. At only 22, he's the highest-rated Chinese player; he's making rapid progress and has the potential to become a world-class player.

In recent years, China and India have become chess super-powers, challenging such countries as Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Armenia and the US. China now has seven players in the world's top-50 rating-list and only Russia is ahead of it with 13 players. China won the 2014 Chess Olympiad, while India came third. Therefore the friendly match between India and China, which is in progress in Hyderabad, is of a great interest. There are four players on each team. Halfway through the match, it was tied at 8-8. I'd like to show one game from this event, won by GM Ding Liren. At only 22, he's the highest-rated Chinese player; he's making rapid progress and has the potential to become a world-class player.

Ding Liren - Adhiban

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6

3.g3 c6 4.Bg2 d5

5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Qb3 0-0

7.0-0 Qb6 8.Nc3 Rd8

9.Na4 Qa6

Perhaps it was better to play 9...Qxb3 10.axb3 Na6.

10.cxd5 Qxe2

11.dxc6 Nxc6 12.Re1 Qa6

13.Bd2! Nxd4? 14.Nxd4 Rxd4

15.Nc5 Qb6 16.Bc3! Rd8

Black could not take the knight as after 16...Qxc5 17.Bxd4 Qxd4 18.Rad1 Qc5 19.Rd8+ Bf8 20.Qe3! Qxe3 21.Rxe3 Kg7 22.Rc3 he would be lost.

17.Rxe7 Qxb3 18.axb3 Nd5

19.Rd1 Bxc3 20.bxc3 Be6 (D)

Black was trying to bail out in the line 21.Nxe6 fxe6 22.Rxe6 Nxc3 23.Rxd8+ Rxd8 24.Bxb7 Rd7, but White had a much stronger move in mind:

21.Rxe6! fxe6 22.Nxe6 Rd6

23.Bxd5 Kh8 24.c4 Re8

25.Nd4 Rd7 26.Kg2 Kg7

27.Ra1 a6 28.Ne6+ Kf6

29.Nc5 1-0

Sunday Independent