28th Sep 2017 Event
Photo by K. Anastasia | tbilisi2017.fide.com
Levon Aronian won the FIDE World Cup for the second time after winning two tiebreak rapid games against Ding Liren in the playoffs yesterday. The Championship has to be decided with playoffs after four draws in the classical games.
Levon Aronian who won the 2005 World Cup became the first person in the history to twice win the 128-player knock-out World Cup.
According to the official website, the China #1 who played with the black pieces in the first playoff misplayed the opening and Levon Aronian got the better position. This time the Armenian Grandmaster didn’t let his opponent escape and won the game in 30 moves.
In the second playoff, Aronian told that he made a blunder on move 16 but he thought he managed to confuse his opponent later in the game which allows him to back on track. “I managed to confuse my opponent I think”, said Aronian.
Ding Liren who was a bit upset after the game said he was proud of his result. “I was a little bit upset but now I feel much better because Aronian played better than me throughout the game so he deserved the win,” he said in the closing ceremony.
The final score was 4-2 and the Champion of the 2017 FIDE World Cup brought home the USD 120,000 (RM 500,000) prize money while the Runner-up bagged USD 80,000 (RM 335,000). Both finalists have qualified for the FIDE Candidates Tournament, which will take place in March 2018.