Ding threatens mate in 2 or win the Queen on Move 40

Problem: Move 40 – Ding Liren, playing the black pieces, wins the white Queen in 2-moves or checkmates in 2 or 3-moves!

See answer below!

On Move 39, Magnus Carlsen with the white pieces had just played Ba7-c5, threatening checkmate in 1-move–Qf8#!

2019 Sinquefield Cup

At the end of Round 11 in regulation play, on August 28, Ding Liren and Magnus Carlsen found themselves UNDEFEATED and tied for First Place!

China’s Ding Liren, playing the black pieces, ended the tournament by winning the 4th tie-break game (Blitz Chess) of the Tie-Break format on Move 40 by delivering a surprise 2-move checkmate threat or winning Magnus’ Queen in 2-moves.

In the Tie-Break format, Ding Liren and Magnus Carlsen drew the first two Rapid Chess games. Then, Ding Liren won the next two Blitz Chess games.

See the Sudden Death Tie-Break format below.

Twelve of the top Grandmasters in the world competed August 15-28 in Saint Louis, Missouri for $325,000.00 prize money.

First Place won $90,000.00, Second Place took $60,000.00

No accident that the #1 rated player in the world, Magnus Carlsen, is playing for the championship against the #3 rated player in the world–soon to be the #2 rated player in the world–after Ding Liren’s performance in this tournament! 

This might be a preview of the 2020 World Chess Championship!

See Final Standings and Sudden Death Tie-Break Format below.

Ding Liren

Ding Liren at 2019 Sinquefield Cup

Born: October 24, 1992 (age 26 years) in Wenzhou, China
Rated 2805

Ding Liren is a Chinese chess Grandmaster. He is a three-time Chinese Chess Champion.

Ding was undefeated in Classical Chess from August 2017 to November 2018, recording 29 victories and 71 draws. This 100-game unbeaten streak is the longest in top-level chess history.

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen smiling big.

Born: November 30, 1990 (age 28 years) in Tonsberg, Norway
Rated 2882

Magnus Carlsen is a Norwegian Grandmaster and the current World Chess Champion. In addition to his success in Classical Chess, he is also a two-time World Rapid Chess Champion and four-time World Blitz Chess Champion.

His peak classical rating of 2882, achieved in May 2014 and equaled in August 2019, is the highest rating for anyone in history.

Carlsen’s last loss in Classical Chess was over one year ago! His rating rise since August 2018 to August 2019 is plus 40 points to 2882–an all time high.

In the past year, he’s played 90 Classical Chess games–28 Wins, 61 Draws and 0 Losses–against opponents whose average rating is 2764, for a 2888 performance rating! (The losses in Blitz Chess in this tournament will not affect Carlsen’s run for Liren’s record of 100 undefeated games in Classical Chess!)

In tournament and match play, Carlsen had not lost a single Play-Off since 2007, winning the last ten times he had found himself in this situation.

China’s Ding Liren is the one who ended the streak!

2019 Sinquefield Cup

Final Standings
After Tie-Break Games

Ding Liren finished in 1st Place with 9.5/15 points, and Magnus Carlsen finished in 2nd Place with 7.5/15 Points.

Final Standings after Tie-Breaks 7th Sinquefield Cup 2019

Sudden Death Tie-Break Format

The champion is determined by a Sudden Death Tie-Break Format consisting of two Rapid Chess games with a time control of 25 minutes each plus a 10-second delay from Move 1.

If a tie remains after the two Rapid Chess games, then will follow two Blitz Chess games with 5 minutes each plus 3-second delay.

In case of a tie after these two Rapid Chess games and two Blitz Chess games, the chief arbiter will decide how to proceed–probably one Armageddon Chess game.

In the one Armageddon Chess game, the players will draw lots for colors, and White will have 5 minutes and Black has 4 minutes–but Black wins the the tournament with a draw or win! 

White can only win with a victory in the Armageddon game!

Problem: Move 40 – Ding Liren, playing the black pieces, wins the white Queen in 2-moves or checkmates in 2 or 3-moves!


40.     …              Ne7!

41.  Qxe7??        Rh1#




40.     …              Ne7!

41.     f3?             Bxf3, threatens …Rh1#




40.     …             Ne7!

41. Qxc6            Nxc6, wins the white Queen for a Bishop!

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