It's happened ... Nullius In Vebsites

I was updating my series on the world Champions, following Ding Liren's accession to the throne, and did a little due diligence digging around the Internet, as I'm a little out of touch these days.

I came across what looked like a helpful summary on a website which gave a not-very-interesting career summary and cited a few games.


To my shame, I didn't recognise any of the games at all.


But penny dropped: the games do not, I believe, exist.

And I further believe, the reason these bogus games were cited with such colourful and plausible commentary is because the whole page was cobbled together by a chat AI bot.

Just to check:

Immortal Games: 3 Most Famous Games by Ding Liren Ding Liren has played countless memorable games throughout his career, showcasing his exceptional talent and unique style. Here are three of his most famous games that have left a lasting impression on the chess world: 1. Ding Liren vs. Wesley So (2015 Tata Steel Masters): This game is a prime example of Liren’s superb endgame skills. In a seemingly equal position, Liren managed to outplay his highly-rated opponent, Wesley So, by expertly maneuvering his pieces and exploiting small inaccuracies. The game ended in a beautiful checkmate, demonstrating Liren’s ability to create winning chances even in seemingly drawn positions.

Closest game I could find is nothing like that:


1. Ding Liren vs. Levon Aronian (2017 FIDE World Cup): In this highly-anticipated game, Liren faced off against the experienced and talented Levon Aronian. Liren displayed his strategic prowess by obtaining a slight advantage in a complex middlegame, which he then converted into a winning endgame. This victory not only secured Liren’s place in the World Cup semifinals but also further cemented his reputation as a top-tier player.

Chessgames tell me instead:

On way to the final, Levon Aronian knocked out Daniel J Cawdery in Round 1, Yifan Hou in Round 2, Maxim Matlakov in Round 3, Daniil Dubov in Round 4, Vassily Ivanchuk in the quarterfinal and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the semifinal. Ding Liren beat Mohamed Amine Haddouche in Round 1, Martyn Kravtsiv in Round 2, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi in Round 3, Wang Hao in Round 4, Richard Rapport in the quarterfinal, and Wesley So in the semifinal. The final match started on 23 September. After 2-2 in the Classical games, Aronian won both Rapid games. Aronian and Ding Liren both qualified for the World Championship Candidates (2018) tournament.
               Elo   1 2 3 4  1 2
Levon Aronian  2799  ½ ½ ½ ½  1 1  4
Ding Liren     2777  ½ ½ ½ ½  0 0  2

Nearest I could get:


2. Ding Liren vs. Magnus Carlsen (2019 Sinquefield Cup): In this thrilling encounter, Liren took on the reigning World Champion, Magnus Carlsen. Despite playing with the black pieces, Liren managed to create an imbalanced position that put Carlsen under significant pressure. Although the game ultimately ended in a draw, it showcased Liren’s ability to hold his own against the world’s best and further highlighted his immense talent.

The two players did at least meet in this tournament, but the result was a draw.

I fear this is going to happen more and more often, at least for a while.

Exhibit B:

Exhibit C: [hmm can't find it, but bogus papers cited by referee's report to paper submitted to science journal]