July 5, 2021 – 14:55 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian needed just two games and under an hour and a half of play to clinch victory over Vladislav Artemiev and take the $30,000 top prize in the Goldmoney Asian Rapid, Chess 24 reports.
Aronian’s spectacular final win was a fitting end to an event where he’d also won the Preliminary stage, to take home the maximum number of tour points. The fight for 3rd place was also one-sided, but with a twist.
Ding Liren hit back to win the second day’s rapid chess 3:0 before Magnus Carlsen took over in blitz to clinch the match.
Aronian is set to switch to the United States Chess Federation after the FIDE World Cup. The chess legend announced in late February that he was leaving Armenia for the United States but his FIDE page still says he represents the Armenian federation.