Weekly chess columns
Ding Liren is just 19 years old and has won the Chinese chess championship three out of the past four years. He obviously is an enormous talent. He dominated this year’s event with a score of 8-3, a point ahead of the field. Hou Yifan, the sensational Chinese woman who tied for first and took second on a tiebreaker at Gibraltar, played in the men’s tournament and placed seventh, indicating an exceedingly strong tournament.