Levon Aronian, the 34-year-old Armenian world No2 who has dominated recent chess tournaments, took the $120,000 first prize at the World Chess Cup in Tbilisi by beating China’s Ding Liren 4-2 in the final. Both qualified for the eight-player Candidates in Berlin in March 2018 which will decide who challenges for Magnus Carlsen’s world title later next year. Aronian stood better in four drawn classical games but was unable to convert against Ding’s stubborn defence. He switched to a more fluid attacking style in the fifth, a speed tie-break, provoked errors and broke through for a mating attack. Faced with a must-win sixth game, Ding mishandled a promising position and was overwhelmed by a swift counter. The problem for Aronian in Berlin will be his history of below-par results in previous Candidates, plus the presence of …

Source: GameKnot online chess news